"Cool Climate Paper Sinks Journal Editor"

"The editor of the journal Remote Sensing resigned [Friday], saying in an editorial that his journal never should have published a controversial paper in July that challenged the reliability of climate models used to forecast global warming. The paper, by Roy Spencer and William Braswell of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, proposed that climate researchers have likely made a fundamental error by overestimating the sensitivity of the climate to greenhouse-gas pollution."

"The climate-research blog Real Climate and other mainstream researchers complained that the paper was itself fundamentally flawed, but the Remote Sensing article garnered support from climate skeptics and significant press attention, thanks in part to an overly hyped press release. The editor of Remote Sensing, Wolfgang Wagner of the Vienna University of Technology, said he now views the paper as 'fundamentally flawed and therefore wrongly accepted by the journal. This regrettably brought me to the decision to resign as Editor-in-Chief—to make clear that the journal Remote Sensing takes the review process seriously.'"

Richard Monastersky reports for Nature's newsblog September 2, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Editor Who Published Controversial Climate Paper Resigns, Blasts Media" (Ars Technica)

"Opinion: the Damaging Impact of Roy Spencer's Science" (The Daily Climate)

"Journal Editor Resigns Over 'Flawed' Paper Co-Authored by Climate Sceptic" (Guardian)

"Journal Editor Resigns Over 'Problematic' Climate Paper" (BBC News)

"Global Warming: Journal Editor Resigns Over Flawed Paper" (Summit County Citizens Voice)

"Journal Editor Resigns Over Contrarian Climate Paper" (Science Insider)

"Journal Editor Quits Over Climate Change Hullabaloo" (newser)

"Paper Disputing Basic Science of Climate Change is 'Fundamentally Flawed,' Editor Resigns, Apologizes" (Forbes)

"UAH Climatologist's Work Again in the Limelight" (Montgomery News)

Source: Nature, 09/05/2011