Climate change in Annals of Applied Statistics

A long editorial by Michael Stein in arXiv attracted my attention to an equally long discussion paper in the March 2011 issue of the Annals of Applied Statistics about paleoclimatology and potential consequences about climate change. I will wait for my hardcopy to arrive by surface mail before going into the paper and discussions, but I was surprised by the high degree of caution and the warnings in this editorial, as if it was trying to buffer incoming criticisms from pro- and anti-global warming groups (that are bound to happen given that climate change is the number one topic on forums of all kinds). It is interesting given that previous issues of Annals of Applied Statistics have also had their share of potentially controversial material, from JFK assassination, to the lost tomb of Jesus, radiations from portals, and so on. (Which is a fair way of attracting readers as long as the statistical  quality is guaranteed, which is the case for AoAS!)

2 Responses to “Climate change in Annals of Applied Statistics”

  1. Manoel Galdino Says:

    Maybe I’m confusing editions of AoAS, but it seems to me that these controversies already emerged a while ago. see here: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010/12/responses-to-mcshane-and-wyner/

    Manoel

    ps.: If you have comments about the papers, it would be really great, specially because I am a political scientist and I don’t feel confident to judge for myself all statistical discussion on the papers.

    • Thank you for your comments. My point in talking about controversies was not to judge whether or not they were legitimate, or already solved, but rather to remark that the editors were not adversed to include more than usual controversial material, both to open the discussion and the readership, and to make a statement about the role of applied statistics in society. Which is a good think in my opinion.

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