Sunday, 15 August 2010

NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits

E-mail messages obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that NASA concluded that its own climate findings were inferior to those maintained by both the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) -- the scandalized source of the leaked Climate-gate e-mails -- and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

The e-mails from 2007 reveal that when a USA Today reporter asked if NASA's data "was more accurate" than other climate-change data sets, NASA's Dr. Reto A. Ruedy replied with an unequivocal no. He said "the National Climatic Data Center's procedure of only using the best stations is more accurate," admitting that some of his own procedures led to less accurate readings.

Later in the article NASA officials admit that they use much of the same source material in their analysis of climate temperature. If they had been using the NOAA satellite data they would have been working with corrupted information that mistakenly showed temperatures 10-15 degrees (F) higher than "actual".

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2010.]

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