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Taking Responsibility on Publishing the Controversial Paper “On the Misdiagnosis of Surface Temperature Feedbacks from Variations in Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance” by Spencer and Braswell, Remote Sens. 2011, 3(8), 1603-1613

By Wolfgang Wagner

Abstract

Peer-reviewed journals are a pillar of modern science. Their aim is to achieve highest scientific standards by carrying out a rigorous peer review that is, as a minimum requirement, supposed to be able to identify fundamental methodological errors or false claims. Unfortunately, as many climate researchers and engaged observers of the climate change debate pointed out in various internet discussion fora, the paper by Spencer and Braswell [1] that was recently published in Remote Sensing is most likely problematic in both aspects and should therefore not have been published. After having become aware of the situation, and studying the various pro and contra arguments, I agree with the critics of the paper. Therefore, I would like to take the responsibility for this editorial decision and, as a result, step down as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Remote Sensing. [...

Topics: n/a, Geography (General), G1-922, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, G, DOAJ:Geography, DOAJ:Earth and Environmental Sciences, Science, Q
Publisher: MDPI AG
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.3390/rs3092002
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:3588cc72bc474a1db5c61ff8b93dbeaa
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