[Update 31 October 2014]
The summaries of the Climate Dialogue discussion on the (missing) tropical hot spot are now online (see links below). We have made two versions: an extended and a shorter version.
Both versions can be downloaded as pdf documents:
Summary of the climate dialogue on the (missing) tropical hot spot
Extended summary of the climate dialogue on the (missing) tropical hot spot
The (missing) tropical hot spot is one of the long-standing controversies in climate science. Climate models show amplified warming high in the tropical troposphere due to greenhouse forcing. However data from satellites and weather balloons don’t show much amplification. What to make of this? Have the models been ‘falsified’ as critics say or are the errors in the data so large that we cannot conclude much at all? And does it matter if there is no hot spot?
We are really glad that three of the main players in this controversy have accepted our invitation to participate: Steven Sherwood of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Carl Mears of Remote Sensing Systems and John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Climate Dialogue editorial staff
Rob van Dorland, KNMI
Marcel Crok, science writer