This being the Christmas season, a time of good cheer, charity and thoughtfulness Eli would like to direct the bunnies attention towards support of a cultural icon and a vital climate data set, the Keeling curve. As many are aware funding for long term data sets has always been a problem. The new, the sexy, the different are things that funding agencies have always wanted. Credit to Charles and now Ralph Keeling who have soldiered through tough times to provide us with a reliable, nay a painstakingly reliable record of carbon dioxide mixing ratios.
UPDATE: Fergus Brown joins the campaign
Why should it matter? Because it is difficult enough to achieve public recognition of AGW without making a mess of the important work which lies at the heart of the science, as well as the public outreach. Because we need to know. Because the best science (and climate change projections) comes from the best observations.Spencer Wert describes the uncertainty of early days, with a telling paragraph
If you understand the importance of us having datasets like this, and the importance of consistency and continuity, I follow Eli in suggesting that you may wish to make a small donation. This process has been shown to be effective and the 'cause' in this case is eminently worthy. Give if you can, and promote publically.
"Monitoring" a gas in the atmosphere seemed just dull plodding around a beaten track, calling to mind the discredited statistical climatology of an earlier generation. The NSF was supposed to fund pathbreaking science, and officials looked for striking new results, new ideas that could be published in leading scientific journals — not just that steady, relentless upward march of data points, year after year after year. A reviewer who grudgingly supported one of Keeling's proposals remarked in 1979, " CO2 monitoring is like motherhood.... It does appear, however, that the former is even more expensive."and indeed there is a break in the records where the equipment went south and funds to repair it had to be begged, borrowed, and well, let Eli simply say that Charles David Keeling was, as Roger Revelle said
"Keeling's a peculiar guy. He wants to measure CO2 in his belly... And he wants to measure it with the greatest precision and the greatest accuracy he possibly can."And he did and the results have served us well for understanding climate.
But, and there always is a but, hard times are upon Ralph Keeling and Scripps. Funding is vanishing, and Scripps has launched an appeal. Well, scientist like they buried their lede.
Take a look at the Keeling Curve web site. Where is the appeal?
Up there on the left. Eli OTOH, whatever the Rabett is, is not subtle.
So Ms. Rabett has taken it upon Eli to take up the challenge, and ask the bunnies to support the Keeling Curve. Follow the link, then hit the small button at the bottom of the linked page and donate, a tax deduction, at least in the US. Alternatively mash the large red GIVE button at the top of the blog and just below. Let us get the ball rolling.
Eli would hope that other bloggers spread the word, not only the Friends of the Rabett, but maybe some of those who hold him not so dear. This is an effort everyone should take part in. Will this be necessary on an ongoing basis, it is difficult to say, but if bridge funding is not found quickly the measurements will not be continuous, and worse.