Skeptical Authors on Climate Science

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This table lists the 17 people who appeared in the UK television deocumentary The Great Global Warming Swindle by Martin Durkin, tagged as TGGWS; this including those who objected to the way their views were presented - tagged as (TGGWS) in parentheses. Combined with this are the 37 names who signed a letter of complaint about scientific inaccuracies in the film, tagged as noSw07

Next to each person's name is their standing in the overall list of climate authors, in the same sort order as this table.

Notes column tinted this colour for signers of these 'activist' statements:
SCS03: 2003 'State of Climate Science' letter from 1011 scientists to U.S. congress (81 tagged)
CMOS06: 2006 statement from 120 scientists at the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (all tagged)
CMOS08: 2008 statement from 130 scientists at the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (all tagged)
RealClimate 'activist' website by ten climate scientists, founded 2004
noSw07: April 2007 letter from 37 scientists to Martin Durkin protesting inaccurate portrayal of climate science in his film The Great Global Warming Swindle (all tagged)
Bali07: 2007 appeal letter by 212 scientists from 25 countries, to delegates at the Bali climate talks (all tagged)
CCSP08: 2008 Assessment Report from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program [10 authors tagged so far; not a petition/declaration]
UCS08: 2008 Union of Concerned Scientists' declaration from 1700 U.S. scientists and economists (165 tagged)
Monaco09: Jan. 2009 Monaco Declaration on ocean acidification from 155 ocean scientists from 26 countries (152 tagged)
CLI09June 2009 Open letter to Obama and Congress calling for agressive action on climate change; signed by 20 scientists (all listed)
UKsc09: Dec. 2009 'Statement from the UK science community' re-affirming climate change science and data after East Anglia email break-in, signed by 1700 UK scientists from 67 universities and 55 other institutions (106 listed, 2010-1-17).
Notes column tinted this colour for signers of these 'skeptic' statements
SEPP92 1992 'Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming' from the 'Science and Environment Policy Project', 46 signers
LZ95: 1995 'Leipzig Declaration' organized by Fred Singer, signed by 80 scientists and 25 weathermen
CA02: 2002 skeptics letter to Canadian P.M. Jean Chretien
CA03: 2003 skeptics letter to Canadian P.M. Paul Martin
CA06: 2006 skeptics letter to Canadian P.M. Stephen Harper
UN07: 2007 skeptics letter to U.N. Sec. General Ban Ki-Moon
TGGWS: 2007 TV film The Great Global Warming Swindle interviewees
NIPCC: 2008 Heartland Inst. document Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate, ed. S. Fred Singer, 24 listed contributors
MHND: 2008 'Manhattan Declaration' from skeptics' conference in NYC
Cato09: 2009 newspaper ad by the Cato Institute challenging President Obama's stance on climate change; 115 signers
APS09: 2009 Petition to the American Physical Society to amend their statement on climage change
CCC09: 2009 'Copenhagen Climate Challenge' 158 signers
LISTS column tinted this colour for names who did not sign any skeptic declarations, yet are included on a list of 'skeptic' names by someone else:
JIMM08: Named on 2008 list from U.S. Sen. James Inhofe's staffer Marc Morano
LSDeniers: Profiled in Lawrence Solomons's 2006-7 'The Deniers' column series in Canada's National Post
LISTS column tinted this colour for someone who did sign one of the above skeptic statements, and is also included on a list of 'skeptic' names by someone else.

Some major compilations

I've also tagged authors included in a few major compilations of climate science articles. These are not petitions or calls for action, but further illustrate the author's standing in the literature.For details on these declarations and how I've annotated for them, see notes on open letters

Names are sorted in descending order of citation count, on their #4 most cited work. This somewhat idiosyncratic choice of sort key stresses depth against any potential "one big paper" effect. This does seem to make a reasonable proxy for prominence in their field. (Note that citation stats were collected by hand, over a few months, so exact order might vary slightly as papers continue to gain citations as time passes.)

Mouse over column heading for explanation

Rank hereNotesListsName (homepage)NAT.PhD yearIPCCGS queriesmost cites2nd most3rd most4th mostClimate totalWikipedia?Areas of researchAffiliation
1Bali07 2: Sir John Sulston, FRS, HonFRSC1966 All PAPS CLIM 6468363114901294 0 WP? W.P? genomics (not climate related)Chair, ISEI, Manchester U; ex Dir., Sanger Ctr
2UCS08 CLI09h-index=339: Robert Costanza1979 All PAPS CLIM 3514977786648 152 WP? W.P? env economics, ecosystem servicesU Vermont, Burlington, VT
3  21: David W Pearce, OBE1963AR2 wg3 leadAll PAPS CLIM 23321479651531 86 WP? W.P? biodiversity, green economydeceased 2005, late of University College, London
4CCSP04ESI06#1232: Gerald A Meehl1987AR4 wg1 CLA ch.10All PAPS CLIM 1223629568460 583 WP? W.P? extremes, cyclic effects, modelsNCAR, Boulder
5  72: Frank J Millero1965 All PAPS CLIM 558410357345 62 WP? W.P? ocean CO2 sinkU Miami, FL
6Bali07 116: Philippe Bousquet1997AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 521389348288 64 WP? W.P? methane, plant feedbacksInstitut Pierre Simon Laplace, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l.Environnement, France
7  125: Mojib Latif1987AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 590527345284 359 WP? W.P? ENSO, snow cover, THCLeibniz Institut fur Meereswissenschaften, IFM-GEOMAR, Germany
8  132: Thomas M SmithPhD All PAPS CLIM 1662592418276 84 WP? W.P? global sea surface temperature dataNOAA NCDC, Asheville, NC
9SEPP92 LZ95 CA02 CA03 CA06 TGGWS UN07 Cato09 CCC09LSDeniers JIMM08136: Richard Lindzen, FAGU1964 All PAPS CLIM 372335295274 140 WP? W.P? QBO, maritime clouds, iris effect?M.I.T., Cambridge, MA
10APS09 153: John E Rhoads__ All PAPS CLIM 785752529256 0 WP? W.P? astrophysics, gamma ray burstsretired, ex of Midwestern State U
11Cato09 APS09 CCC09JIMM08157: William Happer, MNAS1964 All PAPS CLIM 541421327255 1 WP? W.P? particle physics (not climate related)Princeton U
12Bali07 UCS08 166: Ray F Weiss, FAGU, FAAAS1970AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 437434242247 63 WP? W.P? ocean tracers, biogeochemScripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
13  188: Tony J Pitcher1971 All PAPS CLIM 659526295232 33 WP? W.P? sustainability of fisheriesFisheries Centre, UBC, Vancouver, BC
14 NPFhost259: Geoffrey A Blake1986 All PAPS CLIM 464323245198 51 WP? W.P? atm chem, BGC cyclesDGPS, Calif Inst of Tech, Pasadena, CA
15CCSP08 311: RA Birdsey1989 All PAPS CLIM 343290204178 80 WP? W.P? forest carbon sinksUS Forest Service
16  322: Billie L Turner1974 All PAPS CLIM 334293183173 113 WP? W.P? land use impactsArizona State U 352: Christopher L Sabine1992AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 277260175165 82 WP? W.P? ocean CO2 sink, CaCO3 acidificationNOAA PMEL
18  444: Hans E Suess1935 All PAPS CLIM 260207197135 25 WP? W.P? atomic theory, radioisotope tracerslate of U Chicago Physics
19SCS03 CA06 TGGWSLSDeniers JIMM08485: Paul Reiterno cvAR3 wg2 (resigned)All PAPS CLIM 323138130126 37 WP? W.P? medical entomology, disease vectors, malariaPasteur Inst., Paris
20CA03 CCSP04 CA06 TGGWS UN07 MHND Cato09 CCC09JIMM08500: Roy W Spencer1981 All PAPS CLIM 212178133124 92 WP? W.P? MSU satellite temp measurementU Alabama, Huntsville
21  540: Julia E Cole1992AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 135129123117 81 WP? W.P? ENSO, paleoUniversity of Arizona, USA
22  654: Andrew StaniforthPhDAR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 47830710898 53 WP? W.P? modeling, advectionHadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Met Office, UK
23CMOS06 CMOS08 719: Thomas F Pedersen, FAGU1979 All PAPS CLIM 25819012391 112 WP? W.P? oceanic nutrients, oxygenation, paleoU Victoria, BC
24CCSP04 TGGWSJIMM08747: John R Christy1987AR4 wg1 leadAll PAPS CLIM 13312410788 186 WP? W.P? MSU satellite temp measurementU Alabama, Huntsville
25(TGGWS) ?(LSDeniers) (JIMM08)763: Eigil Friis-Christensen, FAGU1971 All PAPS CLIM 4263908887 43 WP? W.P? GCRs, solar cycle effect on climateDirector, Danish Space Research Inst
26CMOS06 834: Terry Prowse1981AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 2471219979 176 WP? W.P? ice, snow cover, river iceEnvironment Canada , University of Victoria, Canada
27 C&O863: Christopher A Shuman1992 All PAPS CLIM 4511429776 58 WP? W.P? isotopes, sea-bed coresNASA Goddard, Greenbelt, MD
28  872: Richard H Moss, FAAAS1987 All PAPS CLIM 48037711375 136 WP? W.P? land cover, impacts and risksWWF
29 C&O1079: HT Waterbolk   __ All PAPS CLIM 1761698958 13 WP? W.P? radiocarbon dating 
30  1081: Aaron Boone2000AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 1241037558 73 WP? W.P? PILPS, parameterizationCNRS CNRM at Meteo France, France, USA
31  1085: William C Conant2000 All PAPS CLIM 3561836558 46 WP? W.P? Asian dust, cloudsCalTech, Pasadena
32  1220: H Damon Matthews2004AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 1661245248 48 WP? W.P? radiative forcing, modelingUniversity of Calgary and Concordia University, Canada
33TGGWSLSDeniers JIMM081328: Nir Shaviv1996 All PAPS CLIM 198625842 32 WP? W.P? GCRsHebrew University, Jerusalem
34NZCSC UN07 MHND CCC09 1362: William P de LangePhD All PAPS CLIM 52454240 9 WP? W.P? tsunamis, coastal climate hazardsEarth and Ocean Sci, Waikato U
35MHND Cato09 CCC09 1375: Goesta Walin1972 All PAPS CLIM 89484439 11 WP? W.P? THC, ocean heat transportGoteborg U
36SEPP92 LZ95 CA02 CA03 CA06 TGGWS Cato09JIMM081410: Patrick J Michaels1979 All PAPS CLIM 73434037 149 WP? W.P? heat-related mortality, temp. recordsU Virginia
37  1436: Daithi A StoneDphilAR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 3572278135 313 WP? W.P? attributionU Cape Town
38SEPP92 LZ95 CA02 CA03 CA06 TGGWS UN07 MHND NIPCC08 APS09JIMM081503: S Frederick Singer, FAGU1948 All PAPS CLIM 56343331 110 WP? W.P? Skeptic of: AGW, CFC-ozone link, 2nd-hand smokeformer director, US NWS, emeritus prof. U Virginia
39CA03 CA06 TGGWS UN07 MHND Cato09 CCC09JIMM081517: Ian D Clark1987 All PAPS CLIM 693383830 32 WP? W.P? isotope hydrogeology, paleoU Ottawa, Ontario
40TGGWSJIMM081561: Philip Stott__ All PAPS CLIM 37353029 23 WP? W.P? biogeographySOAS, U London (emeritus)
41UCS08 1592: Clark C AbtPhD All PAPS CLIM 74272628 17 WP? W.P? economics of forestry managementCambridge College, Cambridge, MA
42  1657: Jay Glascoe__ All PAPS CLIM 311783824 9 WP? W.P? model validationNASA GISS, New York, NY
43  1685: Melchor Gonzalez-DavilaPhDAR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 46373223 17 WP? W.P? ocean chem seasonal variationUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
44  1760: Jorge Carrasco1994AR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 37252619 55 WP? W.P? atm chemistryDireccion Meteorologica de Chile and Centro de Estudios Cientifi cos, Chile
45TGGWSJIMM081799: Nigel Calderno All PAPS CLIM 55432117 23 WP? W.P? ice ages, solar influenceauthor, screenwriter, former editor of New Scientist (no academic career)
46  1834: Nikolay A DianskyCphysAR4 wg1All PAPS CLIM 45181715 27 WP? W.P? modelingInstitute of Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
47  1863: Miguel AM Maqueda__ All PAPS CLIM 116232113 35 WP? W.P? snow-ice modelingProudman Oceanographic Lab., Liverpool
48CA02 CA03 CA06 TGGWS UN07 MHND CCC09JIMM081969: Timothy BallPhD All PAPS CLIM 131098 10 WP? W.P? historical record, northern CanadaNat. Resources Stewardship Project (think tank)
49TGGWS 2128: Paul K DriessenJD All PAPS CLIM 11431 1 WP? W.P? criticism of environmental action groups author and columnist, former Senate staffer (no academic career)
50TGGWS MHND Cato09 NIPCC09 CCC09JIMM082178: Piers CorbynMSc All PAPS CLIM 2100 1 WP? W.P? meteorologyindep. Weather forecaster (no academic career)
51TGGWS UN07JIMM082203: Lord Nigel Lawsonno All PAPS CLIM 0000 0 WP? W.P? criticism of IPCC and Stern Review(no academic/research career)
52TGGWSJIMM082204: Patrick Moore1972 All PAPS CLIM 0000 0 WP? W.P? ecology; co-founder of Greenpeaceenvironmental activist (no academic/research career)
53MHND 2208: Josef ZborilMSc All PAPS CLIM 1000 0 WP? W.P? mettalurgyConfederation of Industry, Prague

Compiled by Jim Prall, Toronto, Canada, Nov. 2008 - present