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Comment on “Global Trends in Wind Speed and Wave Height”

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Science  18 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6058, pp. 905
DOI: 10.1126/science.1210317

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Young et al. (Reports, 22 April 2011, p. 451) reported trends in global mean wind speed much larger than found by other investigators. Their report fails to reference these other investigations and does not discuss the consequences that such large wind trends would have on global evaporation and precipitation. The difference between their altimeter and buoy trends suggests a relatively large trend error.

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