[asa] Re: The ASA and Climate Literacy

From: Rich Blinne <rich.blinne@gmail.com>
Date: Tue Aug 25 2009 - 10:10:55 EDT

On Aug 25, 2009, at 7:50 AM, Rich Blinne wrote:

> Here's a sample:
> The Peer Review Process
> Science is an on-going process of making observations and using
> evidence to test hypotheses. As new ideas are developed and new data
> are obtained, oftentimes enabled by new technologies, our
> understanding evolves. The scientific community uses a highly
> formalized version of peer review to validate research results and
> our understanding of their significance. Researchers describe their
> experiments, results, and interpretations in scientific manuscripts
> and submit them to a scientific journal that specializes in their
> field of science. Scientists who are experts in that field serve as
> “referees” for the journal: they read the manuscript carefully to
> judge the reliability of the research design and check that the
> interpretations are supported by the data. Based on the reviews,
> journal editors may accept or reject manuscripts or ask the authors
> to make revisions if the study has insufficient data or unsound
> interpretations. Through this process, only those concepts that have
> been described through well-documented research and subjected to the
> scrutiny of other experts in the field become published papers in
> science journals and accepted as current science knowledge. Although
> peer review does not guarantee that any particular published result
> is valid, it does provide a high assurance that the work has been
> carefully vetted for accuracy by informed experts prior to
> publication. The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed papers about
> global climate change acknowledge that human acontributing factors.

My cut and paste mangled the last sentence:

The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed papers about global climate
change acknowledge that human activities are substantially
contributing factors.

Rich Blinne
Member ASA

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