People get busy when questions get raised, and they send me things. I got an email today with a link and quote that read:
The student dissertation the IPCC used in AR4 doesn’t even support their claims. The student states in his dissertation: “In how far the changes observed indicate a global change of climate can only be guessed and will show in the future.”
In our last story, referencing the work of the Telegraph, we touched on the what many consider inappropriate citations in the 2007 IPCC AR4 report. See here: IPCC Gate Du Jour: UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article One citation was an article in Climbing Magazine issue 208, while another was a student dissertation. Some said that there’s nothing wrong with citing a student dissertation. Perhaps, but hold that thought until after reading this story from “ClimateQuotes”: (Note – for those who can’t delineate what part is my writing and what part is from ClimateQuotes, that website’s portion is everything after this – you know who you are :-) )
A big story in climate science right now is the fact that the IPCC relied on a mountain magazine and a graduate student’s dissertation as their citations for a specific claim in their Fourth Assessment Report. However there are few details, so I decided to do some digging. I found out a bit about the dissertation.
I believe this is the dissertation. It is written by this man, Dario-Andri Schwörer, also here. He was a student at the Geographical Institute of the Universities of Berne and Zurich, which is where he wrote his dissertation in or before 1997. He is now an avid outdoors-men, and a self-described ‘well known expert on the impact of climate change in the Alps’. Right now he is engaged in the TOPtoTOP program to promote climate protection.
The dissertation itself is titled:
An Inquiry into Possible Effects of Climatic Change on the Mountain Guide Trade in the Bernina Region
Geography Major Dissertation
carried out at the Geographical Institute of the Universities of Berne and Zurich
The dissertation itself is not entirely about climate change. In fact, he mentions the number one reason that mountain guides give for decreased climbs is not climate change, but:
“They attribute this decrease in the first place to the recession and the high exchange rate of the Swiss franc in relation to the German mark. In the second place they mention changes of the natural environment.”
That wasn’t mentioned in the AR4. The ambiguity continues:
Read the rest at ClimateQuotes.
This is the link: The story of the Geography Major’s Dissertation
(for those that have trouble following links to referenced sources, click on the bold portion, you know who you are :-))