Saturday, May 15, 2010

Climate Physics forum

A new bulletin board for climate science has been set up here. Apparently there used to be a climate section on physicsforums but they closed it down, so one participant (Chris Ho-Stuart) has set one up himself, with the motivation:
Our aim is to support substantive discussion of the science of climate, especially the underlying physics. We focus on ideas that have been published in the mainstream scientific literature. This still allows for all kinds of competing ideas to be considered, while hopefully avoiding distraction from ideas that have no credible basis.
There is already some discussion of the awful G&T paper there (CHS co-authored the comment), and plenty of space for more discussion...

1 comment:

sylas said...

Thanks very much for the plug, James!

The board has kicked off very well, considering how new it is; largely because of the interest we were able to get in the G+T discussion.

However, the main intent of the board is not to debunk cranks, but to support a discussion of science, as engaged by working publishing scientists.

The board does not make any presumptions or requirements for the views of members. Board policy takes no position on the substance of science that will be discussed. It is primarily intended for interested amateurs to discuss and learn about physical climate science, as developed by working scientists; but it is not suitable for scientists or amateurs to be publishing new original ideas.

The board is "alpha" at present, which means I am particularly looking for good ideas and suggestions. There will be a formal launch coming up, but we need an active seed community and content at that time, so now is the time for anyone interested to help get it off the ground! A plug like this one is a big help and encouragement.

So far, since May 1, we have 48 new members, 34 new threads, and 132 posts, which is good for a new bulletin board. But we need to keep up the momentum ready for a launch day most likely in early July.