Tuesday, December 20, 2011


From: Jonathan Overpeck <jto@u.arizona.edu>
To: Keith Briffa <k.briffa@uea.ac.uk>, t.osborn@uea.ac.uk, "Ricardo Villalba" <ricardo@lab.cricyt.edu.ar>, Eystein Jansen <eystein.jansen@geo.uib.no>
Subject: figure issues
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 17:20:26 -0600
Cc: Valerie Masson-Delmotte <Valerie.Masson@cea.fr>

Hi all - including Eystein, whom I haven't been able to talk with on
these issues yet:

1) I'd like to get your status report on Fig. 6.12 - based on
feedback from Henry Pollack, we will keep the borehole curves and
corresponding instrumental data. I believe we are also going to add
the new recon from Law Dome - Valerie was going to send. Do you have
everything needed for this figure revision?

2) Since we met in Bergen, I have received feedback from many about
our MWP box, and would like to float the idea that we delete the
bottom (Osborn and Briffa) panel. I know this is shocking coming from
me (I think O&B, 2006 is a paper of the year contender!), but I have
become convinced that it will be too much of a lightening rod for
what it gives us. We still show the data in the top panel, which
conveys the same thing (although in a much less sophisticated way!),
and we still back up with citations to O&B2006. BUT, we hopefully
avoid a possible intense focus on methodological focus on the fig,
and the criticism that it's LA work that hasn't been thoroughly
vetted. This focus (i.e., from skeptics and those inclined to listen
to them for political reasons) is stupid, but we want to keep readers
focused on the science and not on the politically-generated flak. I
think we can do this just as well without the O&B06 figure, assuming
we still cite the findings of the O&B06 paper, but just don't show
the figure. We also save space - not the reason for my suggestion,
but a good thing given what Keith and Tim need to add in response to
issue like divergence etc.

Obviously, was the biggest fan and pusher for the figure to be
included, and I'm sorry to be suggesting otherwise now.

Does this make sense?

Thanks, Peck
Jonathan T. Overpeck
Director, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth
Professor, Department of Geosciences
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

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