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Response to authors' reply regarding “Abundance of birds in Fukushima as judged from Chernobyl” by Møller et al. (2012)

Dear Editor, The response of Mousseau et al. to our letter on their paper “Abundance of birds in Fukushima as judged from Chernobyl” (Moller et al., 2012) is appreciated and we thank the editor for giving us the opportunity to comment on it. However, the response does not address the main recommendation of our letter: ‘ to make all of the underlying data for their Fukushima study available and provide further clarity on their statistical approach. This could readily be achieved by supplying additional supplementary material linked to the article on-line ’. We suggested this because of the importance of the paper's topic, and because the original paper does not provide sufficient information for the reader to evaluate the conclusions presented (the response does not rectify this). As is, readers must speculate and this may lead to misinterpretation and potentially unwarranted criticism of the work. For instance, in trying to evaluate the study on the basis of the information as presented a number of questions are raised some of which we elaborate on below. From Table 1, the terms Area*Species and Radiation*Area*Species are reported as highly significant (with an overall model R 2 of 0.14). The interpretation of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Pollution Elsevier
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