Tuesday, December 20, 2011


From: Tim Osborn <t.osborn@uea.ac.uk>
To: Stefan Rahmstorf <rahmstorf@ozean-klima.de>, Keith Briffa <k.briffa@uea.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: latest draft of 2000-year section text
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 17:10:45 +0000
Cc: jto@u.arizona.edu,eystein.jansen@geo.uib.no, Fortunat Joos <joos@climate.unibe.ch>,drind@giss.nasa.gov

Hi Stefan,

our (Keith and mine) understanding of this issue is that Burger et
al. (2006, Tellus, already published and therefore citable) already
point out the von Storch et al. (2004) mistake in implementing the
Mann et al. (1998) method. But we haven't stated this (or cited the
Science in press comment) because Burger et al. also demonstrate that
when they implement the method without the detrending step (i.e.,
following the Mann et al. approach more accurately than von Storch et
al. did) then the bias is still there, though of smaller magnitude
than von Storch et al. (2004) suggested. Given that we already say
that the extent of any bias is uncertain, it does not seem necessary
to go into the details any further by discussing the implementation
by von Storch et al. of the Mann et al. method.

Finally, I think (though here it is less clear from their paper and I
am relying on my recollection of talking to Gerd Burger) that Burger
et al. also show that the amount of noise von Storch et al. added to
create the pseudo-proxies yields a pseudo-reconstruction that has
much better verification skill than obtained by Mann et al. (1998)
for their real reconstruction. If they increase the noise added
(deteriorating the "skill" of the pseudo-proxies) until they get
similar verification statistics as Mann et al. report, then the size
of the bias gets bigger. In fact, the bias they obtain with the
higher noise but "correct" no-detrending method is actually very
similar to the bias von Storch et al. reported with lower noise but
incorrect detrending method! So where does that leave us? I don't
think there's room to put all this in. Of course the magnitude of
the bias cannot be determined from any pseudo-proxy simulation
anyway, and will be different for different models.

We'd be interested to know if your (or others on the cc list)
interpretation of Burger et al. (2006) is significantly different to this.



At 16:42 28/02/2006, Stefan Rahmstorf wrote:
>Hi Keith and others,
>attached is the draft Keith sent on 21 Feb of the 2000-year section,
>with comments and edits (grey) from me.
>I note that Von Storch et al. 2004 is cited without it being
>mentioned that they did not implement the Mann et al. method
>correctly - by detrending before calibration, the performance of the
>method was greatly degraded in their model. I guess you left this
>out because the comment to Science showing this is still in press?
>Will it be added once this has been published? I think it is a major
>point, as it was such a high-profile paper - Von Storch's contention
>that the "hockey stick" is "nonsense" (cited in the US Senate) is
>based on a mistake.
>Cheers, Stefan
>To reach me directly please use: rahmstorf@ozean-klima.de
>(My former addresses @pik-potsdam.de are read by my assistant Brigitta.)
>Stefan Rahmstorf

Dr Timothy J Osborn
Climatic Research Unit
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

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