Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 5:59 AM EST
Regarding Andreas Schmittner's Jan. 23 letter to the editor: I am a climate scientist who also actively works and publishes in this field. In addition, I study the very topics that Schmittner discusses. Schmittner is wrong when he says that the statement "global temperatures have not risen during the past 15 years" is not true. Most climate scientists agree that that the earth has not warmed during the past 15 years.
Schmittner cites measurements available at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Oceanographic Data Center website as supporting his position. All you will find at this website are graphs and data. There are no statements about earth warming. Inferences about the data come from analysis. My colleagues and I have actually analyzed and published papers using this data. We find no evidence of the earth warming.
In regard to Richard Muller, he is a well-known scientist, but not in this field. The study that he initiated considers data only from land temperatures. One cannot make conclusions about the whole earth without including the oceans.
DAVID DOUGLASS Rochester, N.Y. Douglass is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester.
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