Dear William Briggs,
The IPCC Working Group I (WGI) Co-Chairs are pleased to announce the Expert Review of the First Order Draft (FOD) of the WGI contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (AR5) and invite you to serve as an Expert Reviewer.
I’m in; my first time as an IPCC reviewer. Surprise? I’ve downloaded the documents and have started to read them over, The deadline for the review is 10 February.
Like all reviewers, I promised to not tattle about what’s in the draft. Once the actual IPCC5 document is published, I’ll weigh in.
I can’t say what’s in the draft, but I can tell you it’s longer than Marley’s chain. Each chapter weighs about the same as a Buick. Too, everything you’ve heard about documents written by committee applies.
For this work, I’ll be remunerated at the rate of no-dollars and no-cents, bringing the grand total of all the monies I’ve received for my work on climatology to something less than what the guy you saw rooting around the rubbish bin collecting cans realized on a slow weekend.
By the logic of journalists, this makes me, so far as I can discover, the purest global warming researcher there is. My opinion should therefore carry more weight than the host of other scientists whose livelihoods depend on global warming grants (from the government and from Big Green).
Look to this space for updates.
(Please don’t email and ask me about what’s in the draft.)
Original Post 10 October 2011
Thank you for registering for the Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. A confirmation email will be sent shortly.
I’ve registered as an expert reviewer for the next round of the IPCC. I’ve sworn—via references to peer-reviewed! publications (some in the Journal of Climate), my past experience on the American Meteorological Society’s Probability and Statistics Committee, and as an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review1—that my expertise is in the area of forecast and “projection” verification and usefulness. My confirmation number is 431.
Even though I say it myself, I appear as well qualified as many other reviewers. I am now taking wagers on whether I will in fact be picked. I’ll let everybody know their decision as soon as I hear.
Unlike my wealthier colleagues, whose work is funded by Big Green—lavish travel, grants, jobs, speaking fees!, billions of dollars for research—if I am picked, I’ll have to pay my own way. As usual.
Thanks to my friend Marcel Crok, where I learned of this grand opportunity.
1My term for both these positions expires this year. My papers are under “Resume”, at the top of the page.