The editor of Remote Sensing has resigned, apparently over publication of the recent paper published by Spencer and Braswell. Click here for prior post on this paper. Click here for editor resignation.
Let me give you an innocent by-stander’s perspective (mine). The paper was published and I made a note of it on this blog with a link to the paper via the journal web site. Very soon after that, I received a forwarded email from someone I do not know, and the forwarded email contained a message attributed to Kevin Trenberth (whom I have never met) saying that he (Trenberth) could not believe that the paper was published, and suggesting it was published only because that journal does not deal with climate much….
The weekend after the paper was published, access to the Spencer/Braswell paper via the Remote Sensing journal website was blocked, and then was restored a day or so later. A reader emailed me about this. A copy of the paper could be downloaded from the author’s website (whom I have never met). So I changed my links on this blog to go to the author’s site so readers could get the paper (click here).
So, as I see it, someone had their sites set on Dr. Spencer and Dr. Braswell with regard to this paper….so if it ever was published it would be blocked or attacked….and/or discredited.
Checking his website today, Dr. Spencer stands by his paper, and has not withdrawn the paper (click here).
Intimidation like this, to force out an editor, is not science. I see no scientific reason to not allow this work to stand on its own.