Friday, September 02, 2011

Breaking: Editor Resigns Over Roy Spencer Paper's Controversy

Shades of the Climate Research kerfuffle: the editor at the journal Remote Sensing has resigned over the controversy of his publication of Roy Spencer's recent paper "On the Misdiagnosis of Surface Temperature Feedbacks from Variations in Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance.”

In his resignation letter, Wolfgang Wagner writes:
In other words, the problem I see with the paper by Spencer and Braswell is not that it declared a minority view (which was later unfortunately much exaggerated by the public media) but that it essentially ignored the scientific arguments of its opponents. This latter point was missed in the review process, explaining why I perceive this paper to be fundamentally flawed and therefore wrongly accepted by the journal. This regrettably brought me to the decision to resign as Editor-in-Chief―to make clear that the journal Remote Sensing takes the review process very seriously.
Spencer says he stands behind his paper and calls this a defeat for "scientific progress."

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