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Warming Slowdown?

Jan Galkowski
Akamai Technologies
Cambridge, MA 02142
18th May 2014
(revised draft 007, HTML version)

1. How Heat Flows and Why It Matters

Is there something missing in the recent climate temperature record?

Heat is most often experienced as energy density, related to temperature. While technically temperature is only meaningful for a body in thermal equilibrium, temperature is the operational definition of heat content, both in daily life and as a scientific measurement, whether at a point or averaged. For the present discussion, it is taken as given that increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide trap and re-radiate Earth blackbody radiation to its surface, resulting in a higher mean blackbody equilibration temperature for the planet, viaradiative forcing []
Ca2014a, Pi2012, Pi2011, Pe2006]. The question is, how does a given Joule of energy travel? Once on Earth, does it remain in atmosphere? Warm the surface? Go into the oceans? And, especially, if itdoes go into the oceans, what is its residence time before released to atmosphere? These are important questions []Le2012a, Le2012b]. Because of the miscibility of energy, questions of residence time are very difficult to answer. A Joule of energy can’t be tagged with a radioisotope like matter sometimes can. In practice, energy content is estimated as a constant plus the time integral of energy flux across a well-defined boundary using a baseline moment.

Variability is a key aspect of natural systems, whether biological or large scale geophysical systems such as Earth’s climate []Sm2009]. Variability is also a feature of statistical models used to describe behavior of natural systems, whether they be straightforward empirical models or models based uponab initiophysical calculations. Some of the variability in models captures the variability of the natural systems which they describe, but some variability is inherent in the mechanism of the models, an artificial variability which is not present in the phenomena theydescribe. No doubt, there is always some variability in natural phenomena which no model captures. This variability can be partitioned into parts, at the risk of specifying components which are not directly observable. Sometimes they can be inferred.

Models of planetary climate are both surprisingly robust and understood well enough that appreciable simplifications, such as setting aside fluid dynamism, are possible, without damaging their utility []Pi2012]. Thus, the general outline of what long term or asymptotic and global consequences arise when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations double or triple are known pretty well. More is known from the paleoclimate record. What is less certain are the dissipation and diffusion mechanisms for this excess energy and its behavior in time []Kr2014, Sh2014a, Sh2014b, Sa2011]. There is keen interest in these mechanisms because of the implications differing magnitudes have for regional climate forecasts and economies []Em2011, Sm2011, Le2010]. Moreover, there is a natural desire to obtain empirical confirmation of physical calculations, as difficult as that might be, and as subjective as judgments regarding quality of predictions might be []Sc2014, Be2013, Mu2013a, Mu2013b, Br2006, Co2013, Fy2013, Ha2013, Ha2014, Ka2013a, Sl2013, Tr2013, Mo2012, Sa2012, Ke2011a, Kh2008a, Kh2008b, Le2005, De1982].

Observed rates of surface temperatures in recent decades have shown a moderating slope compared with both long term statistical trends and climate model projections []En2014, Fy2014, Sc2014, Ta2013, Tr2013, Mu2013b, Fy2013, Fy2013s, Be2013]. It’s the purpose of this article to present this evidence, and report the research literature’s consensus on where the heat resulting from radiative forcing is going, as well as sketch some implications of that containment.

2. Tools of the Trade

I’m Jan Galkowski. I’m a statistician and signals engineer, with an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Masters in EE Computer Science. I work for
Akamai Technologiesof Cambridge, MA, where I study time series of Internet activity and other data sources, doing data analysis primarily using spectral and Bayesian computational methods.I am not a climate scientist, but am keenly interested in the mechanics of oceans, atmosphere, and climate disruption. I approach these problems from that of a statistician and physicaldynamicist. Climate science is an avocation. While I have 32 yearsexperience doing quantitative analysis, primarily in industry, I have found that the statistical and mathematical problems I encounter at Akamai have remarkable parallels to those in some geophysics, such as hydrology and assessments of sea level rise, as well as in some population biology. Thus, it pays to read their literature and understand their techniques. I also like to think that Akamai has something significant to contribute to this problem of mitigating forcings of climate change, such as enabling and supporting the ability of people to attend business and science meetings by high quality video call rather than hopping on CO2-emitting vehicles.

Finally, as the great J. W. Tukey said:
The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard.
Anyone who doubts the fun of doing so, or how statistics enables such, should read Young.

3. On Surface Temperatures, Land and Ocean

Independently of climate change, monitoring surface temperatures globally is a useful geophysical project. They are accessible, can be measured in a number of ways, permit calibration and cross-checking, are taken at convenient boundaries between land-atmosphere or ocean-atmosphere, and coincide with the living space about which we most care. Nevertheless, like any large observational effort in the field, such measurements need careful assessment and processing before they can be properly interpreted. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature ("BEST") Project represents the most comprehensive such effort, but it was not possible without many predecessors, such as HadCRUT4, and works by Kennedy,et aland Rohde []
Ro2013a, Mo2012, Ke2011a, Ke2011b, Ro2013b].

Surface temperature is a manifestation of four interacting processes. First, there is warming of the surface by the atmosphere. Second, there is lateral heating by atmospheric convection and latent heat in water vapor. Third, during daytime, there is warming of the surface by the Sun orinsolationwhich survives reflection. Last, there is warming of the surface from below, either latent heat stored subsurface, or geologic processes. Roughly speaking, these are ordered from most important to least. These are all manifestations ofenergy flows, a consequence of equalization of different contributions of energy to Earth.

Physically speaking, the total energy of the Earth climate system is a constant plus the time integral of energy of non-reflected insolation less the energy of the long wave radiation orblackbody radiationwhich passes from Earth out to space, plus geothermal energy ultimately due to radioisotope decay within Earth’s aesthenosphere and mantle, plus thermal energy generated by solid Earth and ocean tides, plus waste heat from anthropogenic combustion and power sources []Decay]. The amount of non-reflected insolation depends upon albedo, which itself slowly varies. The amount of long wave radiation leaving Earth for space depends upon the amount of water aloft, by amounts and types of greenhouse gases, and other factors. Our understanding of this has improved rapidly, as can be seen by contrasting Kiehl,et al in 1997 with Trenberth, et alin 2009 and the IPCC’s 2013 WG1 Report []Ki1997, Tr2009, IP2013]. Steve Easterbrook has given a nice summary of radiative forcing at his blog, as well as provided asuccinct recap of the 2013 IPCC WG1 Report and its take on energy flows elsewhere at the The Azimuth blog. I refer the reader to those references for information about energy budgets, what we know about them, and what we do not.

Some ask whether or not there is a physical science basis for the "moderation" in global surface temperatures and, if there is, how that might work. It is an interesting question, for such a conclusion is predicated upon observed temperature series being calibrated and used correctly, and, further, upon insufficient precision in climate model predictions, whether simply perceived or actual. Hypothetically, it could be that the temperature models are not being used correctly and the modelsarecorrect, and which evidence we choose to believe depends upon our short-term goals. Surely, from a scientific perspective, what’s wanted is a reconciliation of both, and that is where many climate scientists invest their efforts. This is also an interesting question because it is, at its root, a statistical one, namely, how do we know which model is better []Ve2012, Sm2009, Sl2013, Ge1998, Co2006, Fe2011b, Bu2002]?

A first graph, Figure1, depicting evidence of warming is, to me, quite remarkable.
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Figure 1. Ocean temperatures at depth, from

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A similar graph is shown in the important series recapping the recent IPCC Report by Steve Easterbrook. A great deal excess heat is going into the oceans.
In fact, most of it is, and there is an especially significant amount going deep into the southern oceans, something which may have implications for Antarctica.

This can happen in many ways, but one dramatic way is due to a phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation} (“ENSO”). Another way is storage by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (“AMOC”) [].

The trade winds along the Pacific equatorial region vary in strength. When they are weak, the phenomenon called El Niño is seen, affecting weather in the United States and in Asia. Evidence for El Niño includes elevated sea-surface temperatures (“SSTs”) in the eastern Pacific. This short-term climate variation brings increased rainfall to the southern United States and Peru, and drought to east Asia and Australia, often triggering
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Oblique view of Pacific equatorial region

</td></tr> Figure 2. Oblique view of variability of Pacific equatorial region from El Niño to La Niña and back. Vertical height of ocean is exaggerated to show piling up of waters in the Pacific warm pool. </table>

all /> large wildfires there. The reverse phenomenon, La Niña, is produced by strong trades, and results in cold SSTs in the eastern Pacific, and plentiful rainfall in east Asia and northern Australia. Strong trades actually pile ocean water up against Asia, and these warmer-than-average waters push surface waters there down, creating a cycle of returning cold waters back to the eastern Pacific. This process is depicted in Figures 2 and 3.
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Trade winds varying in strength and their consequences

</td></tr> Figure 3. Trade winds vary in strength, having consequences for pooling and flow of Pacific waters and sea surface temperatures. </table>

all /> At its peak, a La Niña causes waters to accumulate in the Pacific warm pool, and this results in surface heat being pushed into the deep ocean. To the degree to which heat goes into the deep ocean, it is not available in atmosphere. To the degree to which the trades do not pile waters into the Pacific warm pool and, ultimately, into the depths, that warm water is in contact with atmosphere [].
There are suggestions warm waters
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Strong trade winds cause the warm surface waters of the equatorial Pacific to pile up against Asia

</td></tr> Figure 4. Strong trade winds cause the warm surface waters of the equatorial Pacific to pile up against Asia. </table>

all /> at depth rise to the surface [].

Documentation of land and ocean surface temperatures is done in variety of ways. There are several important sources, including Berkeley Earth, NASA GISS, and the Hadley Centre/Climatic Research Unit (“CRU”) data sets [, , ] The three, referenced here as BEST, GISS, and HadCRUT4, respectively, have been compared by Rohde. They differ in duration and extent of coverage, but allow comparable inferences. For example, a linear regression establishing a trend using July monthly average temperatures from 1880 to 2012 for Moscow from GISS and BEST agree that Moscow’s July 2010 heat was 3.67 standard deviations from the long term trend []. Nevertheless, there is an important difference between BEST and GISS, on the one hand, and HadCRUT4.

BEST and GISS attempt to capture and convey a single best estimate of temperatures on Earth’s surface, and attach an uncertainty measure to each number. Sometimes, because of absence of measurements or equipment failures, there are no measurements, and these are clearly marked in the series. HadCRUT4 is different. With HadCRUT4 the uncertainty in measurements is described by a hundred member ensemble of values, actually a 2592-by-1967 matrix. Rows correspond to observations from 2592 patches, 36 in latitude, and 72 in longitude, with which it represents the surface of Earth. Columns correspond to each month from January 1850 to November 2013. It is possible for any one of these cells to be coded as “missing”. This detail is important because HadCRUT4 is the basis for a paper suggesting the pause in global warming is structurally inconsistent with climate models.
That paper will be discussed later.

4. Rumors of Pause

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Figure 5 shows the global mean surface temperature anomalies relative to a standard baseline, 1950-1980. Before going on, consider that figure. Study it. What can you see in it?
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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline

</td></tr> Figure 5. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline. </table>

all /> Figure 6 shows the same graph, but now with two trendlines obtained by applying a smoothing spline, one smoothing more than another. One of the two indicates an uninterrupted uptrend. The other shows a peak and a downtrend, along with wiggles around the other trendline. Note the smoothing algorithm is the same in both cases, differing only in the setting of
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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline

</td></tr> Figure 6. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with two smoothing splines printed atop. </table>

all /> a smoothing parameter. Which is correct? What is “correct”?

Figure 7 shows a time series of anomalies for
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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline

</td></tr> Figure 7. Temperature anomalies for Moscow, Russia. </table>

all /> Moscow, in Russia. Do these all show the same trends? These are difficult questions, but the changes seen in Figure 6 could be evidence of a warming "hiatus". Note that, given Figure 6 whether or not there is a reduction in the rate of temperature increase depends upon the choice of a smoothing parameter. In a sense, that’s like having a major conclusion depend upon a choice of coordinate system, something we’ve collectively learned to suspect. We’ll have a more careful look at this in Section 5. With that said, people have sought reasons and assessments of how important this phenomenon is.
The answers have ranged from the conclusive “Global warming has stopped” to “Perhaps the slowdown is due to ‘natural variability”’, to “Perhaps it’s all due to ”natural variability“ to ”There is no statistically significant change“. Let’s see what some of the perspectives are.

It is hard to find a scientific paper which advances the proposal that climate might be or might have been cooling in recent history. The earliest I can find are repeated presentations by a single geologist in the proceedings of the Geological Society of America</a>, a conference which, like many, gives papers limited peer review [, , , , , , , ]. It is difficult to comment on this work since their full methods are not available for review. The content of the abstracts appear to ignore the possibility of lagged response in any physical system.

These claims were summarized by Easterling and Wehner in 2009, attributing claims of a ”pause“ to cherry-picking of sections of the temperature time series, such as 1998-2008, and what might be called media amplification. Further, technical inconsistencies within the scientific enterprise, perfectly normal in its deployment and management of new methods and devices for measurement, have been highlighted and abused to parlay claims of global cooling</a> [, , ]. Based upon subsequent papers, climate science seemed to not only need to explain such variability, but also to provide a specific explanation for what could be seen as a recent moderation in the abrupt warming of the mid-late 1990s. When such explanations were provided, appealing to oceanic capture, as described in Section 3, the explanation seemed to be taken as an acknowledge of a need and problem, when often they were provided in good faith, as explanation and teaching [, , ].

Other factors besides the overwhelming one of oceanic capture contribute as well. If there is a great deal of melting in the polar regions, this process captures heat from the oceans. Evaporation captures heat in water. No doubt these return, due to the water cycle and latent heat of water, but the point is there is much opportunity for transfer of radiative forcing and carrying it appreciable distances.

Note that, given the overall temperature anomaly series, such as Figure 6, and specific series, such as the one for Moscow in Figure 7, moderation in warming is not definitive. It is a statistical question, and, pretending for the moment we know nothing of geophysics, a difficult one. But there certainly is no any problem with accounting for the Earth’s energy budget overall, even if the
distribution of energy over its surface cannot be specifically explained [, , ]. This is not a surprise, since the equipartition theorem of physics fails to apply to a system which has not achieved thermal equilibrium.

An interesting discrepancy is presented in a pair of papers in 2013 and 2014. The first, by Fyfe, Gillet, and Zwiers, has the (somewhat provocative) title ”Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years“. (Supplemental material is also available and is important to understand their argument.) It has been followed by additional correspondence from Fyfe and Gillet (”Recent observed and simulated warming“) applying the same methods to argue that even with the Pacific surface temperature anomalies and explicitly accommodating the coverage bias in the HadCRUT4 dataset, as emphasized by Kosaka and Xie there remain discrepancies between the surface temperature record and climate model ensemble runs. In addition, Fyfe and Gillet dismiss the problems of coverage cited by by Cowtan and Way, arguing they were making ”like for life“ comparisons which are robust given the dataset and the region examined with CMIP5 models. How these scientific discussions present that challenge and its possible significance is a story of trends, of variability, and hopefully of what all these investigations are saying in common, including the important contribution of climate models.

5. Trends Are Tricky

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Trends as a concept are easy.
But trends as objective measures are slippery. Consider the Keeling Curve, the record of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration first begun by Charles Keeling in the 1950s and continued in the face of great obstacles. This curve is reproduced in Figure 8, and there presented in its original, and then decomposed into three parts, an annual sinusoidal variation, a linear trend, and a stochastic remainder.
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Keeling CO2 concentration curve at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, showing original data and its decomposition into three parts, a sinusoidal annual variation, a linear trend, and a stochastic residual.

</td></tr> Figure 8. Keeling CO2concentration curve at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, showing original data and its decomposition into three parts, a sinusoidal annual variation, a linear trend, and a stochastic residual. </table>

all /> The question is, which component represents the true trend, long term or otherwise? Are linear trends superior to all others? The importance of a trend is tied up with to what use it will be put. A pair of trends, like the sinusoidal and the random residual of the Keeling, might be more important for predicting its short term movements. On the other hand, explicating the long term behavior of the system being measured might feature the large scale linear trend, with the seasonal trend and random variations being but distractions.

Consider the global surface temperature anomalies of Figure 5 again. What are some ways of determining trends?
First, note that by ”trends“ what’s really meant are slopes. In the case where there are many places to estimate slopes, there are many slopes. When, for example, a slope is estimated by fitting a line to all the points, there’s just a single slope such as in Figure 9. Local linear trends can be estimated from pairs of points in differing sizes of neighborhoods, as depicted in Figures 10 and 11. These
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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with long term linear trend atop.

</td></tr> Figure 9. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with long term linear trend atop. </table>

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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with long term linear trend atop.

</td></tr> Figure 10. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with randomly placed trends from local linear having 5 year support atop. </table>

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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with randomly  placed trends from local linear  having 10 year support atop.

</td></tr> Figure 11. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with randomly placed trends from local linear having 10 year support atop. </table>

all /> can be averaged, if you like, to obtain an overall trend. Lest the reader think constructing lots of linear trends on varying neighborhoods is somehow crude, note it has a noble history, being used by Boscovich to estimate Earth’s ellipticity about 1750, as reported by Koenker.

There is, in addition, a question of what to do if local intervals for fitting the little lines overlap, since these are then (on the face of it) not independent of one another. There are a number of statistical devices for making them independent.
One way is to do clever kinds of random sampling from a population of linear trends. Another way is to shrink the intervals until they are infinitesimally small, and, so, necessarily independent. That definition is just the point slope of a curve going through the data, or its first derivative. Numerical methods exist of estimating these, and to the degree they succeed, they obtain estimates of the derivative, even if in doing do they might use finite intervals. One good way of estimating derivatives involves using a smoothing spline, as sketched in Figure 6, and estimating the derivative(s) of that. Such an estimate of the derivative is shown in Figure 12 where the instantaneous slope is plotted in orange atop the data of Figure 6. The value of the derivative should be read using the scale to the right of the graph. The value to the left shows, as before, temperature anomaly in degrees. The cubic spline itself is plotted in green in that figure. Here it’s smoothing parameter is determined by generalized cross-validation, a principled means of taking the subjectivity out of the choice of smoothing parameter. That is explained a bit more in the caption for Figure 12. (See also Cr1979.)

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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline,  with instaneous numerical estimates of derivatives  in orange atop.

</td></tr> Figure 12. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with instaneous numerical estimates of derivatives in orange atop, with scale for the derivative to the right of the chart. Note how the value of the first derivativenever drops below zero although its magnitudedecreases as time approaches 2012. Support for thesmoothing spline used to calculate the derivatives is obtained using generalized cross validation. Such cross validation is used to help reduce the possibility that a smoothing parameter is chosen tooverfita particular data set, so the analyst could expect that the spline would apply to as yet uncollected data more than otherwise. Generalized cross validation is a particular clever way of doing that, although it is abstract. </table>

all /> What else might we do?

We could go after a really good approximation to the data of Figure 5. One possibility is to use the Bayesian Rauch-Tung-Striebel ("RTS") smoother to get a good approximation for the underlying curve and estimate the derivatives of that. This is a modification of the famous Kalman filter, the workhorse of much controls engineering and signals work. What that means and how these work is described in an accompanying inset box.

Using the RTS smoother demands variances of the signal be estimated as priors. The larger the ratio of the estimate of the observations variance to the estimate of the process variance is, the smoother the RTS solution. <a name=”inject:subjectivity“>And, yes, as the reader may have guessed, that makes the result dependent upon initial conditions, although hopefully educated initial conditions.
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Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with fits using the Rauch-Tung-Striebel smoother placed atop.

</td></tr> Figure 13. Global surface temperature anomalies relative to a 1950-1980 baseline, with fits using the Rauch-Tung-Striebel smoother placed atop, in green and dark green. The former uses a prior variance of 3 times that of the Figure5data corrected for serial correlation. The latter uses a prior variance of 15 times that of the Figure5data corrected for serial correlation. The instantaneous numerical estimates of the first derivative derived from the two solutions are shown in orange and brown, respectively, with their scale of values on the right hand side of the chart. Note the two solutions are essentially identical. If compared to the smoothing spline estimate of Figure12, the derivative has roughly the same shape, but is shifted lower in overall slope, and the drift up and below a mean value is less. </table>

all /> The RTS smoother result for two process variance values of 0.118 ± 002 and high 0.59 ± 0.02 is shown in Figure 13. These are 3 and 15 times the decorrelated variance value for the series of 0.039 ± 0.001, estimated using the long term variance for this series and others like it, corrected for serial correlation. One reason for using two estimates of the process variance is to see how much difference that makes. As carn be seen from Figure 13, it does not make much.

Combining all six methods of estimating trends results in Figure 14 which shows the overprinted densities of slopes.

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Empirical probability density functions for slopes of temperatures versus years, from each of 6 methods.

</td></tr> Figure 14. Empirical probability density functions for slopes of temperatures versus years, from each of 6 methods. Empirical probability densities are obtained using kernel density estimation and are preferred to histograms by statisticians because the latter can distort the density due to bin size and boundary effects. Lines correspond to local linear fits with 5 years separation (dark green trace), the local linear fits with 10 years separation (green trace), the smoothing spline (blue trace), the RTS smoother with variance 3 times the corrected estimate for the data as the prior variance (orange trace, mostly hidden by brown trace), and the RTS smoother with 15 times the corrected estimate for the data (brown trace). The blue trace can barely be seen because the RTS smoother with the 3 times variance lies nearly atop of it. The slope value for a linear fit to all the points is also shown (the vertical black line). </table>

all /> Note the spread of possibilities given by the 5 year local linear fits. The 10 year local linear fits, the spline, and the RTS smoother fits have their mode in the vicinity of the overall slope. The 10 year local linear fits slope has broader support, meaning it admits more negative slopes in the range of temperature anomalies observed. The RTS smoother results have peaks slightly below those for the spline, the 10 year local linear fits, and the overall slope. The kernel density estimator allows the possibility of probability mass below zero, even though the spline, and two RTS smoother fits never exhibit slopes below zero. This is a Bayesian-like estimator, since the prior is the real line.

Local linear fits to HadCRUT4 time series were used by Fyfe, Gillet, and Zwiers</a> in their 2013 paper and supplement. We do not know the computational details of those trends, since they were not published, possibly due to Nature Climate Change page count restrictions. Those details matter. From these calculations, which, admittedly, are not as comprehensive as those by Fyfe, Gillet, and Zwiers, we see that robust estimators of trends in temperature during the observational record show these are always positive, even if the magnitudes vary. The RTS smoother solutions suggest slopes in recent years are near zero, providing a basis for questioning whether or not there is a warming ”hiatus“.

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character/aUnknown character;Knightetal.,2009),inwhichcasetheenergybudgetwouldbebalancedbyincreasingsubsurfaceoceanheatuptake(Unknown characterahref=Unknown character#Me2011Unknown characterUnknown characterMeehletal.,2011Unknown character/aUnknown character,2013a;Guemasetal.,2013).Unknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterOwingtosamplinglimitations,itisuncertainwhetheranincreaseintherateofsubsurfaceoceanheatuptakeoccurredduringthepast15years(Section3.2.4).However,itisUnknown characterahref=Unknown character#PROBABILITIESUnknown characterUnknown characterverylikelyUnknown character/aUnknown characterthattheclimatesystem,includingtheoceanbelow700mdepth,hascontinuedtoaccumulateenergyovertheperiod19982010(Section3.2.4,Box3.1).Consistentwiththisenergyaccumulation,globalmeansealevelhascontinuedtoriseduring19982012,atarateonlyslightlyandinsignificantlylowerthanduring19932012(Section3.7).Unknown characteriUnknown characterTheconsistencybetweenobservedheatcontentandsealevelchangesyieldshighconfidenceintheassessmentofcontinuedoceanenergyaccumulation,whichisinturnconsistentwiththepositiveradiativeimbalanceoftheclimatesystem(Section8.5.1;Section13.3,Box13.1).Bycontrast,thereislimitedevidencethatthehiatusinGMSTtrendhasbeenaccompaniedbyaslowerrateofincreaseinoceanheatcontentoverthedepthrange0to700m,whencomparingtheperiod20032010against19712010.Thereislowagreementonthisslowdown,sincethreeoffiveanalysesshowaslowdownintherateofincreasewhiletheothertwoshowtheincreasecontinuingunabated(Section3.2.3,Figure3.2).Unknown character/iUnknown character[Unknown characterstrongUnknown characterEmphasisaddedbyauthor.Unknown character/strongUnknown character]Unknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterDuringthe15yearperiodbeginningin1998,theensembleofHadCRUT4GMSTtrendsliesbelowalmostallmodelsimulatedtrends(Box9.2Figure1a),whereasduringthe15yearperiodendingin1998,itliesabove93outof114modelledtrends(Box9.2Figure1b;HadCRUT4ensemblemeantrend. Details won't be provided here, but are described in depth in many texts, such as <a href="#Co2009">Cowpertwait and Metcalfe</a>, <a href="#Du2012">Durbin and Koopman</a>, and <a href="#Sa2013">Särkkä</a>. <br><br> Finally, commenting on the observation regarding subjectivity of choice in the a href="#EQ:RatioOfVariances">ratio of variances</a>, mentioned in Section <a href="#S:TrickyTrends">5</a> at the <a href="#inject:subjectivity">discussion of their choice</a> "smoother" here has a specific meaning. If this ratio is smaller, the RTS solution tracks the signal more closely, meaning its short term variability is higher. A small ratio has implications for forecasting, increasing the prediction variance. </td></tr> </table> </div> <br clear=all> <br><br><br><br> <h2>6. Internal Decadal Variability</h2><a name="S:InternalV"> <br><br> The recent <a href="#IP2013">IPCC AR5 WG1 Report</a> sets out the context in its Box TS.3: <blockquote> Hiatus periods of 10 to 15 years can arise as a manifestation of internal decadal climate variability, which sometimes enhances and sometimes counteracts the long-term externally forced trend. Internal variability thus diminishes the relevance of trends over periods as short as 10 to 15 years for long-term climate change (Box 2.2, Section 2.4.3). Furthermore, the timing of internal decadal climate variability is not expected to be matched by the CMIP5 historical simulations, owing to the predictability horizon of at most 10 to 20 years (Section 11.2.2; CMIP5 historical simulations are typically started around nominally 1850 from a control run). However, climate models exhibit individual decades of GMST trend hiatus even during a prolonged phase of energy uptake of the climate system (e.g., Figure 9.8; <a href="#Ea2009">Easterling and Wehner, 2009</a>; Knight et al., 2009), in which case the energy budget would be balanced by increasing subsurface-ocean heat uptake (<a href="#Me2011">Meehl et al., 2011</a>, 2013a; Guemas et al., 2013). <br><br> Owing to sampling limitations, it is uncertain whether an increase in the rate of subsurface-ocean heat uptake occurred during the past 15 years (Section 3.2.4). However, it is <a href="#PROBABILITIES">very likely</a> that the climate system, including the ocean below 700 m depth, has continued to accumulate energy over the period 1998-2010 (Section 3.2.4, Box 3.1). Consistent with this energy accumulation, global mean sea level has continued to rise during 1998-2012, at a rate only slightly and insignificantly lower than during 1993-2012 (Section 3.7). <i>The consistency between observed heat-content and sea level changes yields high confidence in the assessment of continued ocean energy accumulation, which is in turn consistent with the positive radiative imbalance of the climate system (Section 8.5.1; Section 13.3, Box 13.1). By contrast, there is limited evidence that the hiatus in GMST trend has been accompanied by a slower rate of increase in ocean heat content over the depth range 0 to 700 m, when comparing the period 2003-2010 against 1971-2010. There is low agreement on this slowdown, since three of five analyses show a slowdown in the rate of increase while the other two show the increase continuing unabated (Section 3.2.3, Figure 3.2).</i> [<strong>Emphasis added by author.</strong>] <br><br> During the 15-year period beginning in 1998, the ensemble of HadCRUT4 GMST trends lies below almost all model-simulated trends (Box 9.2 Figure 1a), whereas during the 15-year period ending in 1998, it lies above 93 out of 114 modelled trends (Box 9.2 Figure 1b; HadCRUT4 ensemble-mean trend 0.26 C0.26\,^{\circ}\mathrm{C}perdecade,CMIP5ensemblemeantrend per decade, CMIP5 ensemble-mean trend 0.16 C0.16\,^{\circ}\mathrm{C}perdecade).Overthe62yearperiod19512012,observedandCMIP5ensemblemeantrendsagreetowithin per decade). Over the 62-year period 1951-2012, observed and CMIP5 ensemble-mean trends agree to within 0.02 C0.02\,^{\circ}\mathrm{C}perdecade(Box9.2Figure1c;CMIP5ensemblemeantrend per decade (Box 9.2 Figure 1c; CMIP5 ensemble-mean trend 0.13 C0.13\,^{\circ}\mathrm{C}perdecade).Unknown characteriUnknown characterThereishenceveryhighconfidencethattheCMIP5modelsshowlongtermGMSTtrendsconsistentwithobservations,despitethedisagreementoverthemostrecent15yearperiod.Duetointernalclimatevariability,inanygiven15yearperiodtheobservedGMSTtrendsometimesliesnearoneendofamodelensemble(Box9.2,Figure1a,b;EasterlingandWehner,2009),aneffectthatispronouncedinBox9.2,Figure1a,becauseGMSTwasinfluencedbyaverystrongElNiUnknown character~noeventin1998.Unknown character/iUnknown character[Unknown characterstrongUnknown characterEmphasisaddedbyauthor.Unknown character/strongUnknown character]Unknown character/blockquoteUnknown characterTheUnknown characterahref=Unknown character#Fy2013Unknown characterUnknown charactercontributionsUnknown character/aUnknown characterofFyfe,Gillet,andZwiersUnknown character/aUnknown character(Unknown characterFGZUnknown character)areto(a)pindownthisbehaviorfora20yearperiodusingtheHadCRUT4data,and,tomymind,moreimportantly,(b)todeveloptechniquesforevaluatingrunsofensemblesofclimatemodelsliketheCMIP5suitewithoutcommissioningspecficrunsforthepurpose.This,ifitweretoproveout,wouldbeanimportantexperimentaladvance,sinceUnknown characterahref=Unknown character#Ki2013Unknown characterUnknown characterclimatemodelsdemandexpensiveandextensivehardwareUnknown character/aUnknown character,andtheUnknown characterahref=Unknown character#IFUNGUnknown characterUnknown characternumberofpeoplewhoknowhowtoprogramandrunthemisverylimitedUnknown character/aUnknown character,possiblyamorelimitingpracticalconstraintthanthehardware.Unknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterThisisthebeginningofagreatstory,Ithink,onewhichbothadvancesanunderstandingofhowourexperienceofclimateisplayingout,andhowclimatescienceisadvancing.FGZtookaperfectlyreasonableapproachandfollowedittoitslogicalconclusion,derivinganinconsistency.Theresinsighttobewonresolvingit.Unknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterFGZtrytoUnknown characterahref=Unknown character#Fy2013sUnknown characterUnknown characterexplicitlymodeltrendsUnknown character/aUnknown characterduetointernalvariability.Theybeginwithtwoequations:Unknown characterolUnknown characterUnknown character!EQ:FyfeModelTrendsModelUnknown characterUnknown characterlivalue=Unknown character(6.1)Unknown characterUnknown character per decade). <i>There is hence very high confidence that the CMIP5 models show long-term GMST trends consistent with observations, despite the disagreement over the most recent 15-year period. Due to internal climate variability, in any given 15-year period the observed GMST trend sometimes lies near one end of a model ensemble (Box 9.2, Figure 1a, b; Easterling and Wehner, 2009), an effect that is pronounced in Box 9.2, Figure 1a, because GMST was influenced by a very strong El Ni\~{n}o event in 1998.</i> [<strong>Emphasis added by author.</strong>] </blockquote> The <a href="#Fy2013">contributions</a> of Fyfe, Gillet, and Zwiers</a> ("FGZ") are to (a) pin down this behavior for a 20 year period using the HadCRUT4 data, and, to my mind, more importantly, (b) to develop techniques for evaluating runs of ensembles of climate models like the CMIP5 suite without commissioning specfic runs for the purpose. This, if it were to prove out, would be an important experimental advance, since <a href="#Ki2013">climate models demand expensive and extensive hardware</a>, and the <a href="#IFUNG">number of people who know how to program and run them is very limited</a>, possibly a more limiting practical constraint than the hardware. <br><br> This is the beginning of a great story, I think, one which both advances an understanding of how our experience of climate is playing out, and how climate science is advancing. FGZ took a perfectly reasonable approach and followed it to its logical conclusion, deriving an inconsistency. There's insight to be won resolving it. <br><br> FGZ try to <a href="#Fy2013s">explicitly model trends</a> due to internal variability. They begin with two equations: <ol> <!-- EQ:FyfeModelTrendsModel --> <li value="(6.1)"> M_{ij}(t) &= u^{m}(t) + \text{Eint}_{ij}(t) + \text{Emod}_{i}(t), i = 1, \dots, N^{m}, j= 1, \dots, N_{i} Unknown character/liUnknown characterUnknown character!EQ:FyfeDataTrendsModelUnknown characterUnknown characterlivalue=Unknown character(6.2)Unknown characterUnknown character M_{ij}(t) &</li> <!-- EQ:FyfeDataTrendsModel --> <li value="(6.2)"> O_{k}(t) &= u^{o}(t) + \text{Eint}^{o}(t) + \text{Esamp}_{k}(t), k = 1, \dots, N^{o} $</li> </ol>

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and $Emod iκ\text{Emod}_{i\kappa}and and Eint iκ\text{Eint}_{i\kappa}aredeflectionsfromfromthattrendduetomodelingerrorUnknown characteriUnknown characterandUnknown character/iUnknown characterinternalvariabilityinthe are deflections from from that trend due to modeling error <i>and</i> internal variability in the i thi^{\text{th}}model,respectively,attimetick model, respectively, at time tick κ\kappa.Similarly,. Similarly, Eint κ o\text{Eint}^{\mathbf{o}}_{\kappa}denotesdeflectionsfromthecommontrendbaseline denotes deflections from the common trend baseline uuduetointernalvariabilityasseenbytheHadCRUT4observationaldataattimetick due to internal variability as seen by the HadCRUT4 observational data at time tick κ\kappa$, and

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for every $κ\kappa.Couplingthetwogivesacommonestimateof. Coupling the two gives a common estimate of u κu_{\kappa}.Theresconsiderableflexibilityinhowmodelrunsorensemblemembersareusedforthispurpose,opportunitiesforadditionaldifferentiationandabilitytoincorporateinformationaboutrelationshipsamongmodelsoramongobservations.Forinstance,modelsmightbedescribedrelativetoaUnknown characteriUnknown characterBayesianmodelaverageUnknown character/iUnknown character[Unknown characterahref=Unknown character#Ra2005Unknown characterUnknown characterRa2005Unknown character/aUnknown character].Observationsmightbedescribedrelativetoacommonorslowlyvaryingspatialtrend,reflectingdependenciesamong. There's considerable flexibility in how model runs or ensemble members are used for this purpose, opportunities for additional differentiation and ability to incorporate information about relationships among models or among observations. 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Here, differences between observations and models get explicitly allocated to modeling error and internal variability for models, and sampling error and internal variability for observations. <br><br> More work needs to be done to assess the proper virtues of the FGZ technique, even without modification. A device like that <a href="#Ro2013b">Rohde used to compare BEST temperature observations with HadCRUT4 and GISS</a>, one of supplying the FGZ procedure with synthetic data, would be perhaps the most informative regarding its character. Alternatively, if an ensemble MOS method were devised and applied to HadCRUT4, it might better reflect a true <i>spread</i> of possibilities. Because a dataset like HadCRUT4 records just one of many possible observational records the Earth might have exhibited, it would be useful to have a means of elaborating what those other possibilities were, given the single observational trace. <br><br> Regarding climate models, while they will inevitably disagree from a properly elaborated set of observations in the particulars of their statistics, in my opinion, the goal should be to strive to match the distributions of solutions these two instruments of study on their first few <i>moments</i> by improving both. While, statistical equivalence is all that's sought, we're not there yet. Assessing <i>parametric uncertainty</i> of observations <a href="#Le2013a">hand-in-hand with the model builders</a> seems to be a sensible route. Indeed, this is important. In review of the Cowtan and Way result, one based upon kriging, Kintisch summarizes the situation as reproduced in Table <a href="#tbl:1997-2012Trends">1</a>, a reproduction of his table on page 348 of the reference [<a href="#Co2013">Co2013</a>, <a href="#Gl2011">Gl2011</a>, <a href="#Ki2014">Ki2014</a>]: <br clear=all><br><br> <table border="2" align="center"> <tr><th colspan="2" align="center"><a name="tbl:1997-2012Trends"><strong>TEMPERATURE TRENDS</strong></th></tr> <tr><th colspan="2" align="center"><strong>1997-2012</strong></th></tr> <tr><td align="center">Source</td><td align="center">Warming (C^{\circ}\,\mathrm{C}/decade)Unknown character/tdUnknown characterUnknown character/trUnknown characterUnknown charactertrUnknown characterUnknown charactertdalign=Unknown charactercenterUnknown characterUnknown characterClimatemodelsUnknown character/tdUnknown characterUnknown charactertdalign=Unknown charactercenterUnknown characterUnknown character0.1020.412Unknown character/tdUnknown 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characterhowtheGLOMAPmodelofaerosolswassystematicallyimprovedusingsuchcarefulstatisticalconsideration.ItseemslikelytobeamorerewardingwaythanUnknown characterblackboxUnknown charactertreatments.Incidently,DrLindsayLeesarticlewasrunnerupintheUnknown characteriUnknown characterSignificanceUnknown character/iUnknown character/YoungStatisticiansSectionwriterscompetition.Itsgreattoseebrightyoungmindschargingintosolvetheseproblems!Unknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrUnknown characterUnknown characterbrclear=allUnknown characterUnknown characterdivalign=Unknown charactercenterUnknown characterUnknown characterUnknown charactertableborder=Unknown character2Unknown characterwidth=Unknown character750Unknown characterUnknown characterUnknown charactertrUnknown characterUnknown charactertdUnknown characterUnknown characteraname=Unknown characterinset:bootstrapUnknown characterUnknown characterTheUnknown characteriUnknown characterbootstrapUnknown character/iUnknown characterisageneralnameforaresamplingtechnique,mostcommonlyassociatedwithwhatismoreproperlycalledtheUnknown characteriUnknown characterfrequentistbootstrapUnknown character/iUnknown character.Givenasampleofobservations,/decade)</td></tr> <tr><td align="center">Climate models</td><td align="center">0.102-0.412</td></tr> <tr><td align="center">NASA data set</td><td align="center">0.080</td></tr> <tr><td align="center">HadCRUT data set</td><td align="center">0.046</td></tr> <tr><td align="center"><strong>Cowtan/Way</strong></td><td align="center"><strong>0.119</strong></td></tr> <caption>Table 1. <strong>Getting warmer.</strong> New method brings measured temperatures closer to projections. <i>Added in quotation: "Climate models" refers to the CMIP5 series. "NASA data set" is GISS. "HadCRUT data set" is HadCRUT4. "Cowtan/Way" is from <a href="#Co2013">their paper</a>. <strong>Note values are per decade, not per year.</strong></i> </caption> </table> <br><br><br clear=all> Note that these estimates of trends, once divided by 10 years/decade to convert to a per year change in temperature, all fall well within the slope estimates depicted in the summary Figure <a href="#Fi:TrendsComposite">14</a>. Note, too, how low the HadCRUT trend is. <br><br> If the FGZ technique, or any other, can contribute to this elucidation, it is most welcome. <br><br> As an example <a href="#Le2013b">Lee reports</a> how the GLOMAP model of aerosols was systematically improved using such careful statistical consideration. It seems likely to be a more rewarding way than "black box" treatments. Incidently, Dr Lindsay Lee's article was runner-up in the <i>Significance</i>/Young Statisticians Section writers' competition. It's great to see bright young minds charging in to solve these problems! <br><br><br><br> <br clear=all> <div align="center"> <table border="2" width="750"> <tr><td><a name="inset:bootstrap"> The <i>bootstrap</i> is a general name for a resampling technique, most commonly associated with what is more properly called the <i>frequentist bootstrap</i>. Given a sample of observations, mathringY={y 1,y 2,,y n}\mathring{Y} = \{y_{1}, y_{2}, \dots, y_{n}\},theUnknown characteriUnknown characterbootstrapprincipleUnknown character/iUnknown charactersaysthatinawideclassofstatisticsandforcertainminimumsizesof, the <i>bootstrap principle</i> says that in a wide class of statistics and for certain minimum sizes of nn,thesamplingdensityofastatistic, the sampling density of a statistic h(Y)h(Y)fromapopulationofall from a population of all YY,where, where mathringY\mathring{Y}isasingleobservation,canbeapproximatedbythefollowingprocedure.Sample is a single observation, can be approximated by the following procedure. Sample mathringY\mathring{Y} MMtimesUnknown characteriUnknown characterwithreplacementUnknown character/iUnknown charactertoobtain times <i>with replacement</i> to obtain MMsampleseachofsize samples each of size nn$ called

\tilde{Y}_{k}$$, $$k = 1, \dots, M$$. For each $$\tilde{Y}_{k}$$, calculate $$h(\tilde{Y}_{k})$$ so as to obtain $$H = h_{1}, h_{2}, \dots, h_{M}$$. The set $$H$$ so obtained is an approximation of the sampling density of $$h(Y)$$ from a population of all $$Y$$. Note that because $$\mathring{Y}$$ is sampled, only elements of that original set of observations will ever show up in any $$\tilde{Y}_{k}$$. This is true even if $$Y$$ is drawn from an interval of the real numbers. This is where a <i>Bayesian bootstrap</i> might be more suitable. <br><br> In a <a href=""><i>Bayesian bootstrap</i></a>, the set of possibilities to be sampled are specified using a prior distribution on $$Y$$ [<a href="#Da2009">Da2009</a>, Section 10.5]. A specific observation of $$Y$$, like $$\mathring{Y}$$, is use to update the probability density on $$Y$$, and then values from $$Y$$ are drawn in proportion to this updated probability. Thus, values in $$Y$$ never in $$\mathring{Y}$$ might be drawn. Both bootstraps will, under similar conditions, preserve the sampling distribution of $$Y$$. <br><br> </td></tr> </table> </div> <br clear=all> <br><br> <br><br> <h2>8. Summary</h2><a name="S:Summary"> <br><br> Various geophysical datasets recording global surface temperature anomalies suggest a slowdown in anomalous global warming from historical baselines. Warming is increasing, but not as fast, and much of the media attention to this is reacting to <i>the second time derivative of temperature</i>, which is negative, not the first time derivative, its rate of increase. Explanations vary. In one important respect, 20 or 30 years is an insufficiently long time to assess the state of the climate system. In another, while the global <i>surface</i> temperature increase is slowing, oceanic temperatures continue to soar, at many depths. Warming might even decrease. None of these seem to pose a challenge to the geophysics of climate, which has substantial support both from experimental science and <i>ab initio</i> calculations. An interesting discrepancy is noted by Fyfe, Gillet, and Zwiers, although their calculation could be improved both by using a more robust estimator for trends, and by trying to integrate out anomalous temperatures due to internal variability in their models, because much of it is not separately observable. Nevertheless, Fyfe, Gillet, and Zwiers may have done the field a great service, making explicit a discrepancy which enables students of datasets like the important HadCRUT4 to discover an important limitation, that their dispersion across ensembles does not properly reflect the set of <i>Earth futures</i> which one might wish they did and, in their failure for users who think of the ensemble as representing such futures, give them a dispersion which is significantly smaller than what we might know. <br><br> The <i>Azimuth Project</i> can contribute, and I am planning subprojects to pursue my suggestions in Section <a href="#S:Reconciliation">7</a>, those of examining HadCRUT4 improvements using MOS ensembles, a Bayesian bootstrap, or the Bayesian ANOVA described there. Beyond trends in mean surface temperatures, there's another more challenging statistical problem involving trends in sea levels which awaits investigation [<a href="#Le2012b">Le2012b</a>, <a href="#Hu2010">Hu2010</a>]. <br><br> Working out these kinds of details is the process of science at its best, and many disciplines, not least mathematics, statistics, and signal processing, have much to contribute to the methods and interpretations of these series data. It is possible too much is being asked of a limited data set, and we have <a href="#Ur2014">not yet observed enough of climate system response</a> to tell anything definitive. But the urgency to act responsibly given scientific predictions remains. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <h2>Bibliography</h2><a name="S:Bibliography"> <dl> <dt><a name="CREDENTIALS"><em>CREDENTIALS</em></dt> <dd>I have taken courses in geology from Binghamton University, but the rest of my knowledge of climate science is from reading the technical literature, principally publications from the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society, and self-teaching, from textbooks like <a href="#Pi2012">Pierrehumbert</a>. I seek to find ways where my different perspective on things canhelp advance and explain the climate science enterprise. I also apply my skills to working local environmental problems, ranging from inferring people's use of energy in local municipalities, as well as studying things like trends in solid waste production at the same scales using Bayesian inversions. 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