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Friday
May012015

A strange fellow

Congratulations are due to Dame Julia Slingo, who has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Here is the citation:

Julia Slingo is a world-leading figure in the area of tropical climate processes and climate modelling. In her tropical research she has produced seminal work on the interaction between cumulus convection, weather systems, larger scale variability and the mean state of the atmosphere, and also on the interaction with the upper layers of the ocean. The Madden Julian Oscillation and the Asian Summer Monsoon have been two particular foci for her. She has led Met Office science and University climate modelling with great success and had major international influence, particularly in the move to much higher resolution climate models.

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Reader Comments (23)

Congratulations to a scientist for achieving such a great personal accomplishment.

Is this a reward for remaining 'on-side'?

May 1, 2015 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Richards

The Royal Society probably felt the need to increase the percentage of it's members who support the cagw meme.

May 1, 2015 at 11:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

One wonders how she squares the effects of convection with the 'heat-trapping blanket'?

May 1, 2015 at 11:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterOtter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)

It is sad that she is rewarded for saying what she is paid to say.

Next a BAFTA or even an Oscar?

Should the Oscar ceromony have a new category for " Best Over-Acting, in a Science Fiction Drama, relying on Computer Generated Imagery". The nominations list would be long.

May 1, 2015 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

'She has led Met Office science and University climate modelling with great success' true the MET recently got 97 million for new super computer and she has certainly made sure the MET is able to play handmaiden to any politician looking to score cheap point hence the 97 million.

However when it you get down to how has she actually improved the task the MET is supposed to carry out , that is forecasting weather ? Well we still cannot give forecast over 72 hours worth a dam and the MET's accuracy for predictions has not improved and a few years ago the MET stop making public mid to long term forecasts because they got them so badly wrong so often , and by 'lucky chance ' the incorrect forecasts where always in favour of 'the cause'

So Slingo has done a good job for the MET , and indeed herself its just shame they have totally failed those people how pay her wages and pick up the MET's increasing bills . But then they are 'little people 'who the RS does not even think about.

We can hope she lives a long life , so she is around to see her totally dedication to CAGW being held up as a joke and the MET restructured so it starts to do the job its actually paid for, not the job Slingo wants it to do.

May 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterknr

Wasn't aware of any progress in higher resolution (=non global) climate modeling with any skill beyond guessing. Maybe one of the readers here can enlighten me?

May 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM | Registered Commenteromnologos

@Knr: I am assuming you are from the Virginian Colonies? I agree with what you say, but a word to the wise. In the UK the "Met" is short for the Metropolitan Police of London, (with their own issues from time to time). We here in Blighty refer to the Meteorological Office as simply the Met Office, or in my case, the Wet Office, out of my huge affection & admiration for their mid to long-range forecasting skills! For the record, Dame Julia is "on record", for telling Joe Public back in 2012 that their calculations for long-range weather forecasting were not "wrong", because they were "probablistic" calculations, therefore they were correct. The fact that they were wrong seemed to have escaped her! I take my hat off to her for being able to say such things whilst keeping a straight face! ;-)

May 1, 2015 at 11:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

Alan the Brit
' I take my hat off to her for being able to say such things whilst keeping a straight face! ;-)'
Well I did say she was good at certain 'aspects' of her job :)

May 1, 2015 at 11:49 AM | Unregistered Commenterknr

Royal Society for the Protection of Quangos, emergency appeal.

Quangos are a species under threat,, and need protection from the public, who have the nerve to ask whether all the money wasted on exorbitant salaries, lobbying and PR, could have been better spent.

The RSPQ seeks to preserve natural habitats, breeding grounds, and safe environments, for the development of Quangocrats, into fully fledged and dutiful homogenised servants of the Quangobureaucracy, that serves to ensure their own survival, above all others.

May 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

It is and a great honour to be elected to be a member of the Royal Society. I don't have any area of agreement with Julia Slingo, who I regard as an activist scientists, but to be elected to that august body is an achievement which any of us would be proud of, so enjoy the moment Lady Julia.

May 1, 2015 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered Commentergeronimo

Mildly off-topic - but now that Helen Ghosh at the National Trust has Clandon Park to worry about (fire probably caused by climate change) - maybe she'll back off from being a climate 'alarmist' for a while....

May 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

Such a pity she seems to know naff all about the Jetstream that dominates UK weather.

May 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamesG

JamesG, the jet stream did not exist until we had invented jets. This is all the evidence required to prove that the jetstream is man made.

Being a climate scientivist is easy. And they get paid to fly in the jetstream, so they can claim to have First Class experience of it.

May 1, 2015 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

She played a blinder!

So, the nomenklatura have rewarded her further.

May 1, 2015 at 2:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

Tropical climate processes and the Asian Summer Monsoon, very apposite foci of study for British weather forecasters. Get back to the Air Ministry Roof, woman. (note for younger readers; in the days of my childhood BBC weather forecasts were given by "The Man on the Air Ministry Roof")

May 1, 2015 at 4:27 PM | Registered Commenterdavidchappell

I'm sure she will fit in perfectly.

May 1, 2015 at 9:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterBilly Liar

Just another political Animal

May 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterBLACK PEARL

Wren, Newton, Locke, Evelyn, Hooke, Halley et all must be turning in their graves.

May 1, 2015 at 11:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve

"She has led Met Office science and University climate modelling with great success and had major international influence, particularly in the move to much higher resolution climate models."

Although I am having a hard time wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes, I am still wondering what the "head of climate impacts" ( something to do with car crashes in ice or snow? ) would say about this.

I suppose, Dr Betts, that "major international influence" = "major international 5* hotel occupancy"?

May 2, 2015 at 12:59 AM | Unregistered Commenterjolly farmer

I will never forget how Dame Julia went against all of her Met Office, scientific colleagues, during the winter of 2014, and blamed the floods on AGW. Those still working in the science of meteorology must have visibly flinched. Well, her public pronouncement was obviously noticed, and approved, by the CAGW believers at the top of the Royal Society.

May 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

Are you surprised ? "Body controlled by cult elects cult member to high position" is hardly news.
- The Greenblob cult has its own circuit : industries, media/activist organisations as well as growing connection to the church, just the same 200-300 years ago when similar august organisations said those opposing slavery were clearly wrongheaded.
- I think we can draw that analogy between their hate for today's climate nigglers and past organisations justifying slavery.
They shouted hate for people like Wilberforce and Thoreau, just as today's cult members hate Lawson and Bob Carter.

... Today's cult members also sneer at the witty writing of posh boys like Monckton and Delingpole and dimiss them as right wing wags.

May 5, 2015 at 5:53 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Process for electing fellows is ?
"currently about 1,430"
"Each year up to 52 new Fellows are elected by existing Fellows."
Fellows include the top 6 Royals, including Charles.

"Candidates must have made 'a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'."

"Every effort is made to encourage nominations of women candidates and candidates from the emerging disciplines."
must be nominated by two existing Fellows
"There were 643 candidates for election as Fellows in 2014, and 104 candidates under consideration for Foreign Membership."

The Council of the Royal Society oversees the selection process, led by Professor Alex Halliday and Sir John Skehel FRS more
- 47 New fellows for 2015 ..anyone spot anymore Greenblob members ?

May 5, 2015 at 5:56 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

As ever we are pretty desperate for women ..The Royal Society I mean. Only 5% of the fellows are women, and this years intake was 17%. So aswell as going all climate conspiracy I should consider that Slingo could have been pushed in as they were desperate for women.

May 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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