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L. Hamilton

Neven did a fine job presenting the blog at this workshop; many people were intrigued.

In later sessions at the workshop, I was able to share some of the blog comments that were already being posted by ASIB folks watching the webcast.

Chris Reynolds

Thanks Neven (and Larry), very interesting and useful.

Data - the one problem I have is with netcdf format. Panoply handles it, but doing math on the data can't be done in Panoply. Flat binary and csv are fine in Excel (flat binary can be handled easily in Excel VBA - I'm a programming dunce and I manage it).

I recognise some datasets are too big for CSV to be of use, which is where derived like the stuff I make from PIOMAS comes in useful.

IMHO melt pond data is especially needed for June. Past melt pond data publicly available would allow verification of the CT Area anomaly cliff as a proxy for melt ponding.


Neven, you were very cool when your computer failed. Very professional.

Data - the one problem I have is with netcdf format. Panoply handles it, but doing math on the data can't be done in Panoply. Flat binary and csv are fine in Excel (flat binary can be handled easily in Excel VBA - I'm a programming dunce and I manage it).

ncdump gives a csv representation of the contents of netcdf files.


Chris Reynolds

Thanks Wipneus,

Panopy does the same thing, but with NCEP/NCAR files at as big as 500MBytes...

Yes I know, I'm an idiot and should get to grips with something professional like R.


In related news, I've just returned home after an astonishing couple of days at the "Transformational Climate Science" conference just down the road from here at Exeter University. More from me in due course, but "selfies" were much in vogue today. Here's one especially for Chris Reynolds:

I also asked Dame Julia Slingo if she would care to be in one too, but after a few moments thought she politely declined. A few minutes earlier Dame Julia has suggested that "citizen science will be an incredibly powerful way to document and share the changes going on around us"

Eli Rabett

Very well done (given the gremlins, of course) and thanks for doing this.

Colorado Bob

The Balkan floods :

The most outrageous thing about this flood, Thousands of landmines have been washed away from their original locations. You not only have a ruined life , it may have landmines buried in the mud next to your family keepsakes.


Thanks, Eli.

That is indeed horrible, CB. I hate landmines.


Sorry for continuing the off-topic:

When bridges collide

Coincidentally the driver who brought and helped me carry the kitchen appliances for our new house two days ago, comes from this very same region in Bosnia.

It's horrible, people are already so poor over there because of the war. These kinds of catastrophes will only add to the stress of a heavily polarized political situation in Bosnia.


The slides from the Transformational Climate Science conference at Exeter University have now been made available. Whilst unfortunately incomplete, they should nonetheless be required reading for every politician on the planet!

View the slides from Thursday's presentations.
View the slides from Friday's presentations.


I just watched/listened to your presentation. I didn't quite realize the uniqueness of your blog nor the value in relation to the uniqueness for such an important topic. Thank you for concentration all this information into an easy to find format and the ability for me to be involved even if in a very minor way.

Clearly the work of someone striving to discover and disseminate the truth to the highest degree possible.


Thanks, Vaughn, and thanks for reading/watching/listening.


My first full length article on the recent revolutionary events in Exeter:


Storytelling, creative arts, music and poetry are now the recommended methods for climate science communication!

L. Hamilton

Also of possible interest -- the SIPN webcasts include results from a meta-analysis of SEARCH Sea Ice Outlook predictions from 2008-2013. Starts at 34:00 in this video of the first morning's presentations in Boulder:

Neven posted about this SIO meta-analysis in March,

It's published in Geophysical Research Letters,

Write me if you'd like a copy of the paper.

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