The Hand emails
Jun 22, 2010
Bishop Hill in Climate: Oxburgh
These are the key issues from the Hand emails (excluding the attachments, which will be considered separately).
- 17 March 2010 16:22 Kelly emails Hand "I have been reading the Briffa papers (2-5 on the list).
I came across two papers back-to-back in Science on 29 June 2007. I attach them for your convenience. Can you tell me whether this is a storm in a teacup from your perspective or not?"
- 19 March 2010 10:53 Hand emails UEA (probably Lisa Jardine in Acton's office). "At the end of your suggested list of peer-reviewed publications for assessment, you said 'These key publications have been selected because of their pertinence to the specific criticisms which have been levelled against CRU's research findings as a result of the theft of emails.' Would it be possible to give us details of these specific criticisms before the meeting?
- 19 March 2010 13:14 UEA replies: "In terms of criticisms, perhaps the university's submission to the Muir Russell and parliamentary select committee reviews would give you some background. Would it be helpful for me to send them on? Also the UEA web page has various statements about the allegations which you might find informative. https://www.uea.ac.uklmac/comm/media/press/CRUstatements
- 22 March 2010 12:04 UEA asks panel not to speak to media
- 23 March 2010 09:41 UEA sends some comments on Briffa's papers to Graumlich and Hand. These comments were written by Michael Kelly. (See here)
- 24 March 2010 12:51 Hand asks someone (perhaps a colleague) to get hold of Cook, Briffa and Jones 1994, a paper that is not on the list.
- 31 March 2010 16:20 UEA (who?) to Hand. The email is entitled "RE: Polar Xdate Docs". It reads: "Please would you note that one of the three attachments sent today (BriffaNatcomm.doc) contains Mcintyre's comment that he submitted to "Nature" criticising Briffa et al. (1995). However, it also includes (after the reference list) what appears to be an early draft of Briffa/Melvin's response to this criticism. I'm advised by CRU that you should ignore that and refer to BriffaNatreply.doc for the final version of their response.
- 11 April 2010 16:50 Lisa Graumlich emails team to say she agrees with the report
- 12 April 2010 11:24 Unidentified emailer tells Hand that the report will be released in hardcopy at the press conference and not before
- 12 April 2010 18:15 Unidentified emailer to Oxburgh, cc Hand: "Ron, You mentioned concerns about Mann. I thought I recognised the name. Here's the report we received from his University's internal review which you may find of interest."
- 13 April 2010 13:51 Trevor Davies of UEA thanks Hand for his input to the report
- 14 April 2010 18:46 Mann emails Hand to talk about his remarks at press conference
- 14 April 2010 21:45 Hand to Oliver Morton (The Economist): "I realised I shouldn't have said I'd like to bang their heads together, but it is true that I did! In fact, I read considerably more than the 11 publications. These were presented to us, but we asked for other background material, and I also downloaded many other papers, and read the ClimateAudit and other websites, and also bought and read Montford's book 'The hockey stick illusion' as well as other books on the subject. I know that other panellists also read widely beyond the chosen 11 papers." This email seems to have been prompted by Morton showing Hand some correspondence with McIntyre (with permission).
- 15 April 2010 A series of emails trying to arrange a telephone call with Mann.
- 15 April 2010 14:57 Mann sends Hand excerpts from the NAS press conference. Cites Peter Bloomfield, the NAS panel statistician, who Hand knows and also Doug Nychka (although this is redacted).
- 15 April 2010 15:50 Email from Bloomfield: "I was sent a link to a piece in the Telegraph that quotes you on the hockey stick, and in which Mike Mann asserts that I reached some conclusion opposite to yours... A quick rereading of the report didn't reveal any place where I or any other member of the committee reached any conclusion with which you would differ. If you're aware of any, I'd be glad of a reminder!"
- 15 April 2010 Email from Mann recording the telephone conversation they have just had. In great detail. (Does this seem to give it a slight air of threat?)"Key points that I discussed with you were:1. that the PCA centering issue that was raised by McIntye has been shown repeatedly to be a nonissue in practice (see below). 2. That claims to the contrary of McIntyre which were largely parroted by [redacted] have been refuted in the IPCC report and in other peer-reviewed articles (several of which I've already sent you) 3. That the [Redacted - probably Wegman report] was not considered a legitimate peer-reviewed assessment. [redacted, Wegman?] was appointed by [redacted] challenge the conclusions of the National Academy of Science's own, actual peer-reviewed review. Serious issues have now been raised with the independence of the [redacted, Wegman?] panel and report."
- 15 April 2010 Unidentified emailer discusses Hand writing an article on the Oxburgh inquiry for Significance, the magazine for members of the Royal Statistical Society.
- 16 April 201 13:50 Oliver Morton of the Economist emails asking how the papers were chosen. Cites a CA posting.
- 16 April 2010 14:50 Oxburgh responds: "Thanks for your message - the answer is that I don't know! What I received was a list from the university which I understand was chosen by the Royal Society The contact with the RS was I believe through [redacted - probably Martin Rees] but I don't know who he consulted. [Name redacted], when I asked him, agreed that the original sample was fair."Says they read widely beyond the 11 papers.
- 16 April 2010 14:53 Hand replies to Morton. "Lord Oxburgh may be able to give you more details on how the 11 core publications were selected by the Royal Society and the UEA, but my understanding was that they were thought to be the central ones in the accusations." Makes the same point about the inquiry being wider.
- 16 April 2010 19:53 Hand emails Oxburgh. "Could we have an urgent chat?"
- 16 April 2010 14:04 Tom Heap, BBC Panorama emails Hand re Hockey Stick. "We were at the press conference on Weds where you said that Mann's inappropriate statistical technique' led to exageration. [Redacted] asked if you can give a figure or proportion to that. Can you?"
- 17 April 2010 15:08 Email that appears to be a reply to Heap. Hand says "I don't know".
- 17 April 2010 15:12 Another response re Heap? Hand says "it depends".
- 15 April 2010 16:13 Email from Mann: "Hi David, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I had not noticed this before and honestly I don't actually know which is which---would need to contact [redacted] I had mostly just focused on the fact that the basic result was insensitive to the convention, even in this relatively extreme synthetic example (the [redacted] model simulation has unusually large temperature changes compared with all other simulations of the past millennium).
- 17 April 2010 15:15 Hand to redacted recipient. Could you ask [redacted] to contact me as a matter of urgency.
- 17 April 2010 20:36 Hand sends Oxburgh report addendum (re Mann) to Oxburgh.
- 18 April 2010 13:42 Oxburgh emails [redacted] cc Hand, Liss and Davies. Talks of Hand being "pursued".
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