Evaluation 663 by Anon (session_user_id: afe9eb01910dfb811c4fec5efd2f6adfdf4a9341)
What is your overall decision about this article?
Are the selection criteria for the stations well explained? Or, if this project does not have to do with time series met. stations, are the premises of the project well thought out and explained? Is it a topic of special interest? (It doesn't have to be, but if it is, say so).
The topic is very interesting, and the choice of stations is logical. I might be looking in the wrong places, but I would have liked the units included in the headings of the columns on the spreadsheet.
Are the conclusions of the report quantitatively supported by the data?
Yes. The conclusion is that the growth or decline of glaciers in the Alps is a function of many parameters - many more than 3 stations can track. And the data shows this to be true. From the glacier stuff we did in class, it seems like the flow of glaciers is jerky - they'll move a lot in one 5-year period, then very little for a debate or two. The long-term trends are superimposed on this jerkiness.
Are the data stations well quality-controlled?
As well as can be. There's not much to choose from, and if you're too particular about quality-control, you're going to pick stations too far from the region of interest. I think the author did very well here.