Is The Focus Of NOAA’s Postdoctoral Climate Program Too Limiting?

The publication NCAR Magazine has an article in their June 23 2011 issue titled

Twenty years of postdoctoral progress on climate – A reunion for NOAA’s C&GC program

One of the figures from the article is reproduced below.

Gavin Schmidt, Heidi Cullen, and Richard Somerville

with the caption

“At the closing panel of the 20th-anniversary reunion event, Gavin Schmidt (NASA) and Heidi Cullen (Climate Central) joined emcee Richard Somerville (Scripps Institution of Oceanography). (Photo courtesy Mary Norell.)”While
While I respect the views of each of the three individuals pictured above, all three of them advocate the  (rejected in our view)hypothesis listed in our paper
Pielke Sr., R., K. Beven, G. Brasseur, J. Calvert, M. Chahine, R. Dickerson, D. Entekhabi, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, H. Gupta, V. Gupta, W. Krajewski, E. Philip Krider, W. K.M. Lau, J. McDonnell,  W. Rossow,  J. Schaake, J. Smith, S. Sorooshian,  and E. Wood, 2009: Climate change: The need to consider human forcings besides greenhouse gases. Eos, Vol. 90, No. 45, 10 November 2009, 413. Copyright (2009) American Geophysical Union
that CO2 and a few other greenhouse gases are the dominate human climate forcings.  Their views can be read here, here, and here.
If such a view is a litmus test for NOAA climate postdoctoral support, than NOAA is not providing effective scientific leadership in supporting research of young scientists on the actual real-world climate system
We need NOAA postdocs who examine the broader perspective of the role of humans in the climate system and of natural climate forcings.  If the selection is strongly influenced by Gavin, Richard and Heidi, we should be concerned that alternative views of climate science are not being  investigated in this NOAA progam.

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