Response to ‘Completely Unwarranted’ Attacks from Climate Deniers

This article discusses an attempt by climate change deniers to “prove” that sea level rise isn’t occurring as fast as claimed  because they allege that the scientists falsified data.

Scientists at a British government-backed agency have formally responded to “completely unwarranted” claims from climate science deniers that they were engaged in a conspiracy to arbitrarily adjust data from tide gauges around the world and misrepresent sea level rise.

research paper by two Australian climate science deniers claimed the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL), based at the UK’s National Oceanography Center, had “arbitrarily” altered sea level data from Aden, in Yemen.

The research, from Australia-based pair Albert Parker and Cliff Ollier, was published in December 2017 in the new journal, Earth Systems and Environment and reported uncritically by the UK’s MailOnline.

On the right-wing website Breitbart, climate science denier James Delingpole claimed the research was proof scientists at PSMSL had been “caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.”

At the time, PSMSL told DeSmog it rejected the claims made by Parker and Ollier. Fact checking website Snopes also checked the claims.

Now PSMSL has placed its criticisms of Parker and Ollier on the record by issuing a response in the same journal. Throughout the response, Rickard explains how all the data, methodology, and adjustments made by PSMSL are in the public domain, countering claims from climate science deniers of a secretive conspiracy to deceive.

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