Climate Audit (CA) is a blog maintained by Steve McIntyre (with occasional guest posts) for the purpose of auditing climate science, especially those studies used by the IPCC. Regarding the objectives of CA Steve has said:
"My own personal expertise at this point lies in the proxy area. I’m presently trying to work through the more important physical arguments as an interested and knowledgeable person from another discipline, trying to stick to the IPCC exposition as much as possible. Unlike many readers here, my own starting point is not that people are wrong, but they are right. In the Mann situation, I was very surprised at the volume of errors and I do not presume from this experience that such error-proneness is characteristic of the field as a whole." — SM, post #42, http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=2578#comment-193233
"This blog serves a variety of purposes. I sometimes put up notes on things that I’m working on - like on an online seminar, hoping for feedback from a very small audience. These are often the posts and issues that I’m most interested. 10 people would be a good return on some of these posts - sometimes I’m content with hearing back from 1 or 2 people. People who don’t want to read that sort of post don’t need to. Sometimes such posts have more impact on general readers than you might think. Some readers who don’t follow the matrix calculations are nonetheless reassured that these things appear to be handled competently and that several statistical specialists from around the world can reach agreement on such issues..." http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=2448#comment-166948 (post #58)
"In the proxy discussions, the blog is cutting edge simply because I know the material very well, have spent a lot of time learning the nuances of the proxies and over the past while, the audience has become pretty knowledgeable as well. So when a new proxy paper comes out, we can put it into perspective at warp speed. From the most recent AGU, I know that a number of very senior people in paleoclimate are regular readers (and very complimentary). I’m not trying to write introductory material and, for new readers, it’s like coming into the middle of a discussion - and there are disadvantages to this, but also advantages." http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=2524#comment-182161 , post #203
This Wiki aims to collect, organize, and explain the findings at CA as they pertain to climate science. From an aside by Steve McIntyre to comment 7 in Creating a guide for Climate Audit Newbies dated Nov. 25, 2007
"I absolutely agree that a wiki would be nice. We all know that the blog has out grown its indexing capacity and that a wiki would be a good idea. It’s a huge job to translate things into a wiki. I’d like to do it but it’s down on my list of priorities. If someone wants to volunteer and we can establish proper security, then we can proceed but I don’t have time to babysit it."
"The main topics here are the multiproxy studies of millennial climate, which is what I work on, with some discussion of climate models. I want to keep the focus fairly narrow as there are plenty of other places to talk about things and I think that sticking to a niche is a good idea."
Topics that are currently or have been in the past a major focus of Climate Audit:
Topics discussed at Climate Audit, but not as a primary focus:
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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary of Acronyms commonly used at CA
Survey of Climate Change Sites ; at least those commonly referenced at CA.
The Library Date order list of links to on-line PDF documents.
Community Discussion - This page is available for you to add your comments or requests for pages (though there's nothing preventing you from just starting a page ... except that obviously off-topic or offensive pages will be removed).
Fun and Games
Climate Audit isn't all serious business. There is the occasional thread on subjects Steve just has fun with.
AGU Day 1 Ok, this isn't isn't really just fun for Steve, but it's current and he is supposed to get together with people from CA for a little enjoyment.
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