In April, there was a big story summarized by a headline in the Telegraph: "Top Scientists Start To Examine Fiddled Global Warming Figures" I wrote about it here. The GWPF announced an inquiry into global temperature adjustments. They had assembled a panel of apparently reasonably well qualified scientists. They promulgated terms of reference (which seemed to borrow heavily from the terminology of Paul Homewood). They put out a call for submissions, with a deadline of 30 June. They said "After review by the panel, all submissions will be published and can be examined and commented upon by anyone who is interested." and set up a page for this purpose here. All this promptly echoed, eg here and here.
I immediately thought about putting in a submission, and did in fact write one. I sent it to the prescribed email address on 2 June. No response. So I emailed again to ask if it had been received, on 14 June. Still nothing. So then I wrote to the GWPF general email, and got a prompt and courteous response from none other than Andrew Montford. He said he couldn't find my submission there, so I sent him a copy, which he received. Encouraging.
Still no response from the actual panel though. I kept an eye on the site, especially the submissions page. I thought they might say that they had received (with thanks) x submissions, or some such. But AFAICS, the site didn't change at all.
There was one link on the page that said "news", which was an obvious place to try, but it didn't seem to connect to anything. Three months later, still wondering, I got a helpful direct link from a correspondent, to this page. And there I find, dated July 22, this information:
"The team has decided that its principal output will be peer-reviewed papers rather than a report.
Further announcements will follow in due course."
So...no report! So what happens to the terms of reference? The submissions? How do they interact with "peer-reviewed papers"?
And of course one may ask who (if anyone) will ever write those papers? And about what?
I wonder what changed their minds?
BTW, here is a Wayback snapshot from June. I don't think anything has changed, except for the "news".
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