Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1145–1157, 2022

Special issue: Towards Unified Error Reporting (TUNER)

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1145–1157, 2022

Research article 07 Mar 2022

Research article | 07 Mar 2022

Truth and uncertainty. A critical discussion of the error concept versus the uncertainty concept

Thomas von Clarmann et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2021-157', A. Possolo, 13 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Thomas von Clarmann, 15 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2021-157', Anonymous Referee #2, 31 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Thomas von Clarmann, 15 Oct 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on amt-2021-157', Anonymous Referee #3, 09 Sep 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Thomas von Clarmann, 15 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Thomas von Clarmann on behalf of the Authors (11 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Nov 2021) by Nathaniel Livesey
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (17 Dec 2021)
RR by A. Possolo (15 Jan 2022)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (31 Jan 2022) by Nathaniel Livesey
Short summary
Contrary to the claims put forward in Evaluation of measurement data – Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement issued by the JCGM, the error concept and the uncertainty concept are the same. Arguments in favor of the contrary were found not to be compelling. Neither was any evidence presented that errors and uncertainties define a different relation between the measured and true values, nor is a Bayesian concept beyond the mere subjective probability referred to.