Summary of the 61 Scientist Letter

Fri, 2010-10-08 14:33Kevin Grandia
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Summary of the 61 Scientist Letter

Dr. Ian D. Clark, professor, isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Clark and Global Warming Research

Clark is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa. A search of 22,000 academic journals shows that, Clark has published over 45 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of hyrogeology and geochemistry.

Dr. Tad Murty, former senior research scientist, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, former director of Australia’s National Tidal Facility and professor of earth sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide; currently adjunct professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Global Warming Research

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Murty has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles mainly in the area of Tsunamis and storm surges.

Dr. R. Timothy Patterson, professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology), Carleton University, Ottawa

Research and Background

Patterson is a professor of geology at Carleton University. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Patterson over 80 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of paleaoclimatology.

Dr. Fred Michel, director, Institute of Environmental Science and associate professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa

Research and Background

Michel is professor at the University of Carleton’s Earth Science department. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Michel has published over 20 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of hydrogeology.

Dr. Madhav Khandekar, former research scientist, Environment Canada. Member of editorial board of Climate Research and Natural Hazards

Research background

Khandekar is a retired Environment Canada scientist. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Khandekar has published 19 pieces of research in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of El Nino and climate.

Dr. Paul Copper, FRSC, professor emeritus, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ont.

Copper’s research background

Copper is a Professor Emeritus at the Laurentian University Earth Sciences department. A search of 22,000 academic journals shows his primary academic topic is palaeobiology

Dr. Ross McKitrick, associate professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Guelph, Ont.

Research on Global Warming

Mckitrick is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, McKtrick has published 14 peer-reviewed articles mainly in the area of economics and more recently on the topic of “Mann’s hockey stick. “

McKitrick and the Fraser Institute

McKitrick is a “Senior Fellow” wih the Fraser Institute, a Vancouver, Canada-based “think” tank that has received $120,000 from ExxonMobil over the last 3 years.

Dr. Tim Ball, former professor of climatology, University of Winnipeg; environmental consultant


Ball and the oil industry

Ball is listed as a “consultant” of a Calgary-based global warming skeptic organization called the “Friends of Science” (FOS).

Ball is also listed as an “Executive” for a Canadian group called the “Natural Resource Stewardship Project,” (NRSP) a lobby organization that refuses to disclose its funding sources.

Ball’s research history

Ball retired from the University of Winnipeg in 1996. A search of 22,000 academic journals shows that over the course of his career Ball published four pieces of original research in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate change. Ball has not published any new research in the last 11 years.

Dr. Andreas Prokocon, adjunct professor of earth sciences, University of Ottawa; consultant in statistics and geology

Name confusion?

Andreas Prokoph is listed on the “60 scientists letter to Harper” as Andreas Prokocon, however in a search of publications this name does not exist. Prokoph is listed as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, and his email address is aprokocon@aol.com, so we will assume this Andreas is one and the same.

Research and Background

Prokoph is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Earth Sciences. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Prokoph has published 20 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of sedimentology.

Mr. David Nowell, M.Sc. (Meteorology), fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Canadian member and past chairman of the NATO Meteorological Group, Ottawa Dr. Christopher Essex, professor of applied mathematics and associate director of the Program in Theoretical Physics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.

Research and Background

Essex is a professor of mathematics at the University of Western Ontario. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Essex has published 25+ original research papers in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of applied mathematics and one related to climate change that was published 16 years ago.

Dr. Gordon E. Swaters, professor of applied mathematics, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, and member, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Research Group, University of Alberta

Swaters regrets signing “that damn petition”

Dr. Gordon E. Swaters, a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Alberta, says that he was told he was signing a petition asking the federal government to devote more energy to research on climate change. Instead, the letter - given prominent play last week in the National Post - suggested that climate change is unproved and that any effort to create policy to address the problem would be “irrational.”

Dr. L. Graham Smith, associate professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.

Research and Background

Smith is an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Geography. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals for the name “LG Smith” at the University of Western Ontario, there are four research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of geography.

Dr. G. Cornelis van Kooten, professor and Canada Research Chair in environmental studies and climate change, Dept. of Economics, University of Victoria Dr. Petr Chylek, adjunct professor, Dept. of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax Dr./Cdr. M. R. Morgan, FRMS, climate consultant, former meteorology advisor to the World Meteorological Organization. Previously research scientist in climatology at University of Exeter, U.K. Dr. Keith D. Hage, climate consultant and professor emeritus of Meteorology, University of Alberta

Hage is a retired professor from the University of Alberta’s department of Earth and Atmospheric Science. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Hage has published 12 pieces of original research in peer-reviewed journals mainly on the subject of urban meteorology and Prairie weather patterns.

Dr. David E. Wojick, P.Eng., energy consultant, Star Tannery, Va., and Sioux Lookout, Ont.

Wojick is not a climate scientist

Wojick is a self-described journalist and policy analyst. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Wojick has not published any research in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate change.

Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, principal consultant, Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, B.C.

Research and Background

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals for the name “RK Scagel,” there are 14 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of forestry. The last article was published seven years ago in November 2000. Scagel is listed as the “principal consultant” for a company called Pacific Phytometric Consultants based in Surrey, BC, Canada.

Dr. Douglas Leahey, meteorologist and air-quality consultant, Calgary

Doug Leahey

Doug Leahey is the current president of a Canadian climate change denial organization called “The Friends of Science” (FOS). In an August 2006 Globe and Mail feature, the FOS was exposed as being funded in part by the oil and gas sector and hiding the fact that they were. According to the Globe and Mail, the oil industry money was funnelled through the Calgary Foundation charity, to the University of Calgary and then put into an education trust for the FOS.

Paavo Siitam, M.Sc., agronomist, chemist, Cobourg, Ont.

Climate change research

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Siitam has never published original research in a peer-reviewed journal. According to Siitam himself , he is a “plant scientist” and has also been a teacher and a chemist for the sugar industry.

Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor, The University of Auckland, N.Z.

Research and Background

De Freitas is an Associate Professor at the School of Georgraphy and Environmental Science, University of Auckland. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, de Freitas has published four research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of New Zealand’s climate.

Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dr. Freeman J. Dyson, emeritus professor of physics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, N.J.

Research on Global Warming

Dyson is a retired physics professor who is well known for his work in the area of electrodynamics. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Dyson has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles mainly in the area of quantum mechanics.

Dyson acknowledges the reality of human-induced climate change

In a March 2003 article Dyson wrote for the New York Review of Books, Dyson states:

As a result of the burning of coal and oil, the driving of cars, and other human activities, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing at a rate of about half a percent per year… the physical effects of carbon dioxide are seen in changes of rainfall, cloudiness, wind strength, and temperature, which are customarily lumped together in the misleading phrase “global warming.”

“It is better to use the phrase “climate change” rather than “global warming” to describe the physical effects of carbon dioxide.”

Mr. George Taylor, Dept. of Meteorology, Oregon State University; Oregon State climatologist; past president, American Association of State Climatologists

Taylor’s credentials

Taylor has a Master’s degree in meteorology and has published very little research in the area. According to an ISI search of publications Taylor has published three research papers in peer-reviewed journals in the last 17 years.

Dr. Ian Plimer, professor of geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide; emeritus professor of earth sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia

Background and Research

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Plimer has published more than 40 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of ore deposits.

Dr. R.M. Carter, professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Research and Background

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Carter has published over 50 original research in peer-reviewed journals mainly in the area of stratigraphy, the study of rock layers and layering. Carter’s Ph.D is in palaeontology and he holds a B.Sc in geology from the University of Otago.

Carter “not a credible source” on climate change

In response to claims made by Carter that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uncovered no evidence that global warming was caused by human activity, a former CSIRO climate scientist stated that Carter was not a credible source on climate change and that “if he [Carter] has any evidence that [global warming over the past 100 years] is a natural variability he should publish through the peer review process.”

Mr. William Kininmonth, Australasian Climate Research, former Head National Climate Centre, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; former Australian delegate to World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology, Scientific and Technical Review

No published peer-reviewed research on climate change

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Kininmonth has not published any research in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of climate change. There is one study published in 1972 by “Kininmon, WR” on the subject of rain-grown rice in Northern Australia. Kininmonth is a retired meteorologist and headed Australia’s national climate centre for 12 years.

Dr. Hendrik Tennekes, former director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

No published research in last 15 years

Tennekes is a retired researcher from the Netherlands that, according to a search of 22,000 academic journals, has not published any original research in a peer-reviewed journal since 1990. Prior to 1990, Tennekes has published research mainly in the area of meteorology.

Dr. Gerrit J. van der Lingen, geologist/paleoclimatologist, Climate Change Consultant, Geoscience Research and Investigations, New Zealand

No peer-reviewed research on climate change

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Van der Lingen has not published any research in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of climate change.

Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia

Michaels and the fossil fuel industry

According to a January 2007 report (pdf) by the Union of Concerned Scientists called Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air: how Exxonmobil uses big tobacco to manufacture uncertainty on climate science, Michaels is connected to no less than 11 think tanks and associations that have received money from oil-giant ExxonMobil to sow doubt about the realities of human-induced global warming.

Dr. Nils-Axel Morner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics & geodynamics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Research and Background

Morner is a retired professor from the University of Stockholm. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Morner has published 65+ original research papers in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of paleoseismicity, in other words the study of historical earthquake activity.

Dr. Gary D. Sharp, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas, Calif.

Research and Background

According to his website, Sharp is currently a consultant on climatology, technology and fisheries applications. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals using the term “GD Sharp,” there appear 11 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of tuna fish. A further search of “G Sharp” yields no further articles.

Sharp and the Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study

Sharp runs the “Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study” in Salinas, California. A search for the Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study yields this website. The listed address for the Resources Study appears to be Sharp’s home address.

Dr. Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist, Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama, Huntsville

Research and Background

Spencer is a research scientist at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Spencer has published 25 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of satellite climate measurements.

Dr. Al Pekarek, associate professor of geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dept., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.

Background

Pekarek has been involved in petroleum exploration, primarily in the Rocky Mountains and the Basin and Range province.

Never published research on climate change
According to an ISI search of publications , Pekarek does not have a single piece of research published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Marcel Leroux, professor emeritus of climatology, University of Lyon, France; former director of Laboratory of Climatology, Risks and Environment, CNRS Dr. Paul Reiter, professor, Institut Pasteur, Unit of Insects and Infectious Diseases, Paris, France. Expert reviewer, IPCC Working group II, chapter 8 (human health)

Research background

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals Reiter has published over 30 pieces of original research in peer-reviewed journals mainly on the subject of infectous disease, with some work on the relationship between disease and climate change.

Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, physicist and chairman, Scientific Council of Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Warsaw, Poland

Research and Background

Jaworowski is a retired professor of atomic radiation. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Jaworowski has published 17 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of radioactivity.

Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, reader, Dept. of Geography, University of Hull, U.K.; editor, Energy & Environment

Research Background

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Boehmer-Christiansen has published four research articles in peer-reviewed journals mainly on the subject of environmental policy.

Dr. Hans H.J. Labohm, former advisor to the executive board, Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands Institute of International Relations) and an economist who has focused on climate change

Research and Background

Labohm is an advisor to the Netherlands Institute of International Relations. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Labohm has published no original research in peer-reviewed journals.  Labohm’s background is as an economist.

Dr. Lee C. Gerhard, senior scientist emeritus, University of Kansas, past director and state geologist, Kansas Geological Survey

Research and Background

Gerhard is a retired geologist from the University of Kansas. He has government and industry experience in petroleum exploration, research and exploration program management, oil and gas regulation and reservoir geology.

Dr. Asmunn Moene, past head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Norway

Research and Background

In the “60 scientsist letter” to Prime Minister Harper, Moene’s title is the “Past Head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Norway.” However, when DeSmogBlog contacted the Meteorlogical Institute, they said that Moene was “head of forecast division Norwegian Meteorological Institute for the region of South Eastern Norway from 1971 to 1988… his main duty [was] administration of operational weather forecasting from 1 up to 5 days ahead. He [Moene] has not been involved in climate change research at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.”

Dr. August H. Auer, past professor of atmospheric science, University of Wyoming; previously chief meteorologist, Meteorological Service (MetService) of New Zealand

Background and Research

August Auer was a retired professor from the University of Wyoming and a former news weatherman. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Auer did not published any research articles in peer-reviewed journals in 10 years, the last being in April 1997.

Dr. Vincent Gray, expert reviewer for the IPCC and author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of ‘Climate Change 2001,’ Wellington, N.Z.

Background

Hayden is a retired professor of physics and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. However, according to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Hayden has not published any research in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of human-induced climate change.

Dr. Howard Hayden, emeritus professor of physics, University of Connecticut Dr Benny Peiser, professor of social anthropology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, U.K.

Research on climate change


According to an ISI search of publications Peiser has published 3 research papers in peer-reviewed journals: Sports Medicine, 2006; Journal of Sports Sciences (2004); and, Bioastronomy 2002: life among the stars (2004). None of these studies are related to human-induced climate change.

Dr. Jack Barrett, chemist and spectroscopist, formerly with Imperial College London, U.K.

Climate change research

Barrett is a former researcher in chemistry at King’s College in London. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, there is a “JC Barrett” listed as a co-author of a single research paper on cloud densification published 13 years ago.

Dr. William J.R. Alexander, professor emeritus, Dept. of Civil and Biosystems Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Member, United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters, 1994-2000

Research and Background

Alexander is a retired professor of Civil and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals for the name “WJR Alexander,” he has published three research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on the subject of climate.

Dr. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental sciences, University of Virginia; former director, U.S. Weather Satellite Service

Singer and ExxonMobil

According to a January 2007 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists called “Smoke, Mirrors & Hot Air(pdf), Singer is affiliated with no less than 11 think tanks and associations that have received funding from ExxonMobil. Singer’s own “Science and Environmental Policy Project” (SEPP) has recieved $20,000 from ExxonMobil.

Dr. Harry N.A. Priem, emeritus professor of planetary geology and isotope geophysics, Utrecht University; former director of the Netherlands Institute for Isotope Geosciences; past president of the Royal Netherlands Geological & Mining Society

Background and Research

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Priem has published more than 30 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, mainly in the area of geology.

Dr. Robert H. Essenhigh, E.G. Bailey professor of energy conversion, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Global Warming Research

Essenhigh is a professor of mechanical engineering whose main focus is in the area of combustion. He has studied the effect of chemical kinetics on the rate of coal combustion. A search of 22,000 academic journals shows that, Essenhigh has published over 45 peer-reviewed research articles mainly in the area of combustion.

Dr. Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist and climate researcher, Boston, Mass.

Baliunas and Big Oil

In the recent Union of Concerned Scientists report on Skeptics, Exxon and the tobacco industry, Baliunas is listed as being affiliated with nine organizations that have received funding from ExxonMobil. The organizations are:

Douglas Hoyt, senior scientist at Raytheon (retired) and co-author of the book The Role of the Sun in Climate Change; previously with NCAR, NOAA, and the World Radiation Center, Davos, Switzerland

Global Warming Research

Hoyt is a retired solar physicist with Raytheon Corporation.

According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Hoyt has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles mainly in the area of solar fluctuations. Hoyt has not published any new research since 1998.

Dipl.-Ing. Peter Dietze, independent energy advisor and scientific climate and carbon modeller, official IPCC reviewer, Bavaria, Germany

Climate change research

Deitze is an electrical engineer. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Dietze has not published any research in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of climate change. There is a “P. Dietze” listed in three research papers from the 1970s on electrical engineering.

Dr. Boris Winterhalter, senior marine researcher (retired), Geological Survey of Finland, former professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, Finland

No peer-reviewed research on climate change

Dr. Boris Winterhalter is a retired marine researcheer and according to a search of 22,000 academic journals, has never published any peer-reviewed research on global warming. He has had four peer-reviewed articles, all related to marine geology, the first published in 1970, the rest between 2000 and 2002. He holds a Ph.D in geology at the Helsinki University.

Dr. Wibjorn Karlen, emeritus professor, Dept. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden

Background

Karlen is a retired professor in the department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology from Stockholm University. A search of 22,000 academic journals shows that Karlen has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, most relating to climate change.

Dr. Hugh W. Ellsaesser, physicist/meteorologist, previously with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Calif.; atmospheric consultant.

Background

A meteorologist by training, Ellsaesser is a retired “guest scientist” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a widely-quoted global warming skeptic.

Ellsaesser has not published in 23 years

According to an ISI database search of publications, Ellsaesser has not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal since 1984.

Dr. Art Robinson, founder, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, Cave Junction, Ore.

Robinson Admits He is Not a Climate Scientist

Of his own admission Robinson acknowledges “he has done no direct research into global warming.”  And an ISI database search of publications confirms that Robinson has never published any research in the area of human-induced climate change.

Dr. Arthur Rorsch, emeritus professor of molecular genetics, Leiden University, The Netherlands; past board member, Netherlands organization for applied research (TNO) in environmental, food and public health

Research and Background

Arthur Rörsch was a genetics professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands from 1967 to 1997.  According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Rorsch has published 20+ original research papers in peer-reviewed all in the area of genetics. His most recent research was published eight years ago, prior to which he published in 1977.

Dr. Alister McFarquhar, Downing College, Cambridge, U.K.; international economist

Research and Background

McFarquhar is an economist, and according to a search of 22,000 academic journals, has not published any research articles in peer-reviewed journals. 

McFarquhar and the Adam Smith Institute

McFarquhar has done work in the past with an organization called the “Adam Smith Institute.” This UK-based freemarket think-tank has been a source of climate change “skeptics” in the past.

Dr. Richard S. Courtney, climate and atmospheric science consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, U.K.

Climate change research

According to a search of 22,000 publications, Courtney has never published any research in the area of climate change.

Courtney and the Coal Industry

Courtney was a technical editor for CoalTrans International, which describes itself as the “web’s most comprehensive resource” on the coal industry. He was also a spokesperson for the British Association of Colliery Management, a coal industry union in the United Kingdom, and has written opinion papers expressing his concern over the loss of jobs in the coal industry as a result of the UK’s movement towards renewable energy.