Monday, December 7, 2009

The Proof Behind the CRU Climategate Debacle: Because Computers Do Lie When Humans Tell Them To

If this is actual code from an actual model, actually distorting data the way the author suggests, then we have a smoking gun, and plenty of ammunition:
I’m coming to you today as a scientist and engineer with an agnostic stand on global warming.

If you don’t know anything about “Climategate” (does anyone else hate that name?) Go ahead and read up on it before you check out this post, I’ll wait.

Back? Let’s get started.

First, let’s get this out of the way: Emails prove nothing. Sure, you can look like an unethical asshole who may have committed a felony using government funded money; but all email is, is talk, and talk is cheap.

Now, here is some actual proof that the CRU was deliberately tampering with their data. Unfortunately, for readability’s sake, this code was written in Interactive Data Language (IDL) and is a pain to go through.
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Speaking as a professional software engineer, his analysis looks plausible.

Update: I strongly encourage you to read Climategate Code Analysis Part 2, especially the discussion. This is how science is supposed to work -- but hasn't in the case of AGW.

(Linked by Grouchy Old Cripple -- thanks!)


  1. Hey, thanks for linking to my article.

    That's pretty much the gist of what I've been saying, which is, "hey, this looks strange, can we get some really smart people in to look at this?"

  2. Not saying I know anything about 'code' here...

    The 'HARRY_READ ME' data file looked as sloppy as anything I've seen. Then again there have been great works from folks who seemed like complete slobs in history. The old book by it's cover deal.

    But it just seems like some kind of a new age/new millennium messed up form of 'alchemy' to me.
    ""any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.""

    Broad claims such as the climate has never changed this fast before mankind...yada yada?

    I think past yellowstone eruptions and asteroid type hits changed the climate close to overnight so to speak.


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