Yes, the CCSP report is now out (thanks het for the link), and it looks like the story has a happy ending after all: there is no longer a discrepancy in the rate of global average temperature increase for the surface compared with higher levels in the atmosphere. This discrepancy had previously been used to challenge the validity of climate models used to detect and attribute the causes of observed climate change. This is an important revision to and update of the conclusions of earlier reports from the U.S. National Research Council and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Jolly good. Though if thats all there is to it, you might as well say “read the Aug 11 Science from 2005 and the associated RC articles…”. Presumably there is more in the full report. Maybe I’ll read it one day.
Wait, there is more from the press release [this report] corrects errors that have been identified in the satellite data and other temperature observations [does it? must read that bit. When I last looked, errors had been noted but not really corrected in the radiation biases in the sondes -W]. These and other analyses have increased confidence in the understanding of observed climatic changes and their causes. The published report also states that research to detect climate change and attribute its causes using patterns of observed temperature change in space and time shows clear evidence of human influences on the climate system due to changes in greenhouse gases, aerosols, and stratospheric ozone. Also, the observed patterns of change over the past 50 years cannot be explained by natural processes alone, nor by the effects of short-lived atmospheric constituents such as aerosols and tropospheric ozone alone.
Also The publication of S&A Product 1.1 signals a tremendous accomplishment… they say of themselves. It is, apparently, the first of 21 synthesis reports. Where will they find the strength of will to bother with all 21, and will anyone be listening?