Climatic Change (2010) 101:1–6 DOI 10.1007/s10584-010-9866-x EDITORIAL European climate of the past 500 years based on documentary and instrumental data Editorial Rudolf Brázdil · Dennis Wheeler · Christian Pfister Received: 19 February 2010 / Accepted: 29 March 2010 / Published online: 4 May 2010 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 Publications by Mann et al. (1998, 1999) of the now well-known multi-proxy Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstruction of the past millennium motivated many climatologists to conduct a similar exercise but using other forms and combi- nations of climate proxies often linked to instrumental records. These activities are reflected in the number of such reconstructions that appeared in published form after 2000. However, and as the Fourth Report of the IPCC clearly demonstrated (see Fig. 6.19 in Solomon et al. 2007), there was little agreement between these independently- derived reconstructions. It is probable that such a finding reflects uncertainties and imprecisions in the data and in the methods by which they were processed. It was the desire to reduce such uncertainties and thereby to gauge more certainly the nature of late twentieth century climatic change that led Prof. Danny McCarroll from the Swansea University (UK) to seek funding from the European
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