Research Council Of Norway Recommendation: More Research On Natural Causes Of Climate Change!

This just released prestigious report is not going to please the IPCC scientists. It calls for a profound change of course in climate research.

Snip of the report’s front cover.

The Research Council Of Norway has conducted a comprehensive evaluation (see right side bar) of the status of climate science in Norway and released their results. The document: Norwegian Climate Research – An Evaluation writes, “This evaluation provides a critical review of Norwegian climate research in an international perspective and recommends measures to enhance the quality, efficiency and relevance of future climate research.”

Hat-tip to Dr Sebastian Lüning and Dr. Jan-Erik Solheim.

In early 2011, the Norwegian Research Council (RCN) appointed a committee to review Norwegian climate research. The aim of the evaluation was to provide a critical review of Norwegian climate research in an international perspective and to recommend measures to enhance the quality, efficiency and relevance of future climate research.

Key findings of the report are found on page 22, and include the following (my emphasis):

Although the expressed political needs regarding science results primarily relate to the impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gasses, there is also a need for increased research on the impact of human activity on land cover and land-use change, especially in relation to the albedo and the biogeochemical and hydrological cycles. Furthermore, a good understanding of the climate system cannot be reached without a dedicated effort to understand the contribution to climate change from natural climate processes. The geological history very clearly documents a strong climate forcing associated with solar variability, although the exact mechanism has not been identified. This should call for a coherent international effort, but surprisingly, the worldwide scientific effort to increase our understanding of the natural variations is very limited, and this is most probably related to the limited funding available for basic, not agenda-driven research. Therefore, in addition to implementing the recommendations of Klima21, this committee recommends an increased effort in research on the natural causes of climate change, in particular the activity variations of the sun, the mechanism of cloud formation, and the multi-decadal variations in ocean current systems. Summary of key findings

Largely funded by RCN, Norway has developed internationally recognised top competency in many of the scientific disciplines that are necessary for understanding current climate and its development. In particular, the numerical comprehensive climate and Earth system models are highly regarded. Less effort has been devoted to studying and explaining the natural causes of climate change because these have been regarded as having a relatively minor impact on the climate system and global temperature compared with the effect of man-made greenhouse gasses. In setting priorities, Norwegian climate research is in harmony with the mainstream of international climate science, but, taking into account the strong competencies in a wide spectrum of disciplines, an increased effort to understand the basic natural climate processes could be advantageous for Norwegian climate research.

Moreover, page 9 adds that: “…more effort is needed to understand natural climate variability in order to better quantify the uncertainty in predicting future climate.”

Obviously the Research Council of Norway feels the climate models are inadequate and need a good dose of improvement and getting back to reality.

Clearly the report shows that more and more scientists are now realizing that a course correction is needed in climate research, and that the focus has to shift to natural causes.


16 responses to “Research Council Of Norway Recommendation: More Research On Natural Causes Of Climate Change!”

  1. Garry

    The 1988 charter for the IPCC is based on the stated assumption of “the cause and effect relationship of human activities and climate.” In fact it’s stated several times.

  2. DirkH

    And that from arch-green, PC, socialist Norway.

  3. Ciprian

    This is big … finally …. A good load of sensible COMMON SENSE can do a lot of harm to the politically correct BRAINLESS puppets

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  5. DirkH

    In Oldenburg, 4 wind turbines will be build in a former nature reserve (Landschaftsschutzgebiet), which will for this purpose lose its status.

    Oldenburg’s mayor is Schwandner, an independent riding on a CDU ticket.

    It is pointless to vote in Germany; all six parties are ultragreen.

    Oldenburg is Agenda 21-controlled since 1998.

    1. Paul Homewood

      I have just come back from a week’s cycling in the Loire Valley. I did not see a single wind turbine anywhere there.

      It seems the French have a bit more common sense.

  6. Mindert Eiting

    This report makes Norway one of the most rational countries on earth, as far as a country can have that property. May be a good example to the Dutch KNAW.

    1. DirkH

      It is the only sane thing the Norwegians have done in ages. Normally, they insist on driving electric vehicles with oil heaters; building of ridiculously expensive osmosis power plant prototypes with the capacity of heating a cup of tea; and building ludicrously expensive CCS prototypes.

      More hilarity; from Germany:
      Toyota is the greenest company according to a ranking by Interbrand.

      German Green, oh excuse me, CDU-FDP government decides to cut PV subsidies less than planned and continues to subsidize unlimited amounts of new installations.

  7. mwhite
    1. DirkH

      Don’t worry, we won’t touch it, the CDU-FDP coalition has declared a moratorium on further exploration; they are Green parties. (Wish I had a reason to call that a sarcastic comment but I fear it’s just the reality.)

      1. mwhite

        On the bright side, it’s not going anywhere. Who knows in twenty years time when we are being warned of an imminent iceage they may change their minds.

        1. DirkH

          In twenty years I expect Solar to be four times cheaper; that has been the stoic progression of prices since 1980. It makes no sense to use solar now when it’s still too expensive and postpone using shale gas to a point where it is pointless to use it.

          And no, throwing billions of dollars of subsidies at an exponential curve does not do more than offset it by a constant amount. At no time in history has it succeeded to change the exponent. The solar lobby constantly gratulates itself for bringing about the energy revolution when all that they’re doing is shifting an event by a few months (and only as long as they can keep burning ratepayer’s money; as soon as they stop it’ll snap back.)

          It’s a market forces thing, coupled with the inertia of development.

  8. Tom Harris

    what URL would one go to to read the Norewegian report reported on in this article?


  9. Earthling

    Here’s the correct URL for the “Temperature” link, upper right hand side:

    Scafetta forecast -vs- HadCRUT

  10. ArndB

    The most competent persons to the most challenging positions:

    Arvid Hallén (born 3 July 1950) is a Norwegian sociologist. He became Director for Humanities and Social Sciences in the Research Council of Norway in 1995, and Director-General in 2004. He holds a (PhD) degree in sociology from the University of Oslo. (Source: )

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