GISS-Institut mit anderthalb Millionen US$ an ungenehmigten Ausgaben ertappt

Das GISS-Institut der NASA veöffentlicht eine vielzitierte Temperaturmessreihe. Dabei wurde und wird das Institut von bekennenden Aktivisten geleitet. Viele Fachleute bezweifeln mittlerweile die Stabilität der Daten, da sie ständig verändert werden. Alte Temperaturen werden meist abgesenkt, während neue Messwerte angehoben werden, was zu einer vermeintlichen Beschleunigung der Erwärmung führt. Im Büro nachgeschärfter Klimawandel. Nun fanden Inspektoren zu allem Überfluss noch heraus, dass das GISS-Institut in den letzten Jahren knapp anderthalb Millionen US-Dollar nichtgenehmigter Gelder ausgegeben hat. Daily Caller am 6. April 2018:

AUDIT: Mismanagement At NASA’s Global Warming Arm Resulted In $1.6 Million In ‘Unallowable’ Costs
NASA’s global warming research arm inappropriately spent $1.63 million in the last six years due to poor oversight, according to an Office of Inspector General audit. The IG report identified “multiple instances of unallowable use of NASA-appropriated funds by [Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)] employees, grant recipients, and contractors for salary expenses, sub-contracting, and computer equipment.” Auditors found “$1.47 million in unallowable costs identified in NASA’s GISS-related cooperative agreements” with Columbia University, and $147,138 in unallowable costs billed by IT contractor Trinnovim LLC “for unallowable salaries and immigration fees.” Columbia University, for example, spent “$1,219,491.41 on contract services, financial aid, and salaries for graduate students and short-term employees – all items not included in the cooperative agreement,” including diverting more than $633,000 from research funds to graduate tuition.

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Die Klimageschichte als Schlüssel zur Lösung der heutigen Klimadebatte. Das Fachblatt Eos stellte am 30. März 2018 einige ausgefallene Klimarekonstruktionsmethoden vor:

Five Weird Archives That Scientists Use to Study Past Climates
When tree rings, ice cores, and cave formations can’t cut it, try your luck with whale earwax or bat poop.

It’s no secret that Earth scientists are obsessed with the past—what did our planet look like, how did its mountains and valleys evolve, where did it rain or dry up? For that last question, scientists can turn to proxies that reflect whether the climate was hot, cold, dry, or wet. Ratios of heavy and light isotopes, especially those of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, often serve as those proxies. Scientists measure these ratios in the layers of many different natural archives, such as ice cores, cave formations, tree rings, corals, and even ocean and lake sediments.

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Javier veröffentlichte am 26. April 2018 auf WUWT einen interessanten Artikel zum 60-jährigen Ozeanzyklus.

The 60-year oscillation revisited
It is a well-known feature of climate change that since 1850 multiple climate datasets present a ~ 60-year oscillation. I recently wrote about it in the 7th chapter of my Nature Unbound series. This oscillation is present in the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), Arctic Oscillation (AO), North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Length of Day (LOD), and Global (GST) and Northern Hemisphere (NHT) temperatures, with different lags (figure 1).

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