Thursday, December 22, 2011


From: Keith Briffa <>
Subject: Re: quick note on TAR
Date: Sun Apr 29 19:53:16 2007

your words are a real boost to me at the moment. I found myself questioning the whole
process and being often frustrated at the formulaic way things had to be done - often
wasting time and going down dead ends. I really thank you for taking the time to say these
kind words . I tried hard to balance the needs of the science and the IPCC , which were not
always the same. I worried that you might think I gave the impression of not supporting you
well enough while trying to report on the issues and uncertainties . Much had to be removed
and I was particularly unhappy that I could not get the statement into the SPM regarding
the AR4 reinforcement of the results and conclusions of the TAR. I tried my best but we
were basically railroaded by Susan. I am happy to pass the mantle on to someone else next
time. I feel I have basically produced nothing original or substantive of my own since this
whole process started. I am at this moment , having to work on the ENV submission to the
forthcoming UK Research Assessment exercise , again instead of actually doing some useful
research ! Anyway thanks again Mike.... really appreciated when it comes from you
very best wishes
At 18:14 29/04/2007, you wrote:

Keith, just a quick note to let you know I've had a chance to read over the key bits on
last millennium in the final version of the chapter, and I think you did a great job.
obviously, this was one of the most (if not the most) contentious areas in the entire
report, and you found a way to (in my view) convey the the science accurately, but in a
way that I believe will be immune to criticisms of bias or neglect--you dealt w/ all of
the controversies, but in a very even-handed and fair way. bravo!
I hope you have an opportunity to relax a bit now. looking forward to buying you a beer
next time we have an opportunity :)
Michael E. Mann
Associate Professor
Director, Earth System Science Center (ESSC)
Department of Meteorology Phone: (814) 863-4075
503 Walker Building FAX: (814) 865-3663
The Pennsylvania State University email:
University Park, PA 16802-5013

Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.

Phone: +44-1603-593909
Fax: +44-1603-507784



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