That's sad and a loss for the climate community, and decency in general. Victor was a scientist at the University of Bonn who worked on the homogenization of climate data*, and very active on social media. I corresponded with him several times, asking question about temperature data. He was always kind and thoughtful and pleasant. I'm sorry to hear he has passed.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Victor Venema Had Died
* homogenization is the science of bringing data from different time periods and locations into a common baseline. For example, how do records of temperature in the past need to be adjusted, if at all, in order to be compared to temperatures taken today -- given changes in instrumentation, weather station moves, changes in the time of day the thermometers are read, incomplete data, etc. Yes, adjustments are necessary, and doing them correctly is a complicated science.
Here's an excellent article about these adjustments.
"Thorough, not thoroughly fabricated: The truth about global temperature data: How thermometer and satellite data is adjusted and why it must be done," Scott K. Johnson @SJOnEarth, Ars Technica 1/21/16.
"Understanding adjustments to temperature data," Zeke Hausfather, Climate Etc., 7/7/2014.
"Berkeley Earth: raw versus adjusted temperature data," Robert Rohde, Zeke Hausfather, Steve Mosher, Climate Etc., 2/9/2015.
"Understanding Time of Observation Bias," Zeke Hausfather, Climate Etc., 2/22/2015.
Posted by David Appell at 12/24/2022 01:06:00 PM