On the Lack of Accountability in Meteorological Research

On the Lack of Accountability in Meteorological Research commentary and analysis 1 • Introduction a result or to consider contradictions with earlier stud- ies brought to the investigator's attention. There are three primary means by which scientific The presentation in many papers is careless. Units research is most commonly evaluated. One is by re- or constants may not be provided. Grid resolution may view and competition of proposals, another is by ques- not be given. Comparisons may be made between two tioning in public presentations, and the third is by schemes without one of the schemes being adequately review of publications, both before and after their dis- described. Definitions may be absent. Preprocessing, semination. The last includes the scientific process by postprocessing, or scaling factors may be applied but which new experiments are performed to support or not described. It is not just ancillary information that is reject proposed theories. Indeed, the peer review pro- lacking, but rather critical details necessary for properly cess is considered sacrosanct in science. interpreting the primary results. Without such infor- All researchers and their managers will admit that mation, in fact, composing scientific reviews is often the evaluation processes do not work perfectly. Of rendered extremely difficult or even impossible: How http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

On the Lack of Accountability in Meteorological Research

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American Meteorological Society
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Copyright © American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/1520-0477(2000)081<1333:CAAOTL>2.3.CO;2
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commentary and analysis 1 • Introduction a result or to consider contradictions with earlier stud- ies brought to the investigator's attention. There are three primary means by which scientific The presentation in many papers is careless. Units research is most commonly evaluated. One is by re- or constants may not be provided. Grid resolution may view and competition of proposals, another is by ques- not be given. Comparisons may be made between two tioning in public presentations, and the third is by schemes without one of the schemes being adequately review of publications, both before and after their dis- described. Definitions may be absent. Preprocessing, semination. The last includes the scientific process by postprocessing, or scaling factors may be applied but which new experiments are performed to support or not described. It is not just ancillary information that is reject proposed theories. Indeed, the peer review pro- lacking, but rather critical details necessary for properly cess is considered sacrosanct in science. interpreting the primary results. Without such infor- All researchers and their managers will admit that mation, in fact, composing scientific reviews is often the evaluation processes do not work perfectly. Of rendered extremely difficult or even impossible: How

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Jun 1, 2000

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