Tad Murty


Tad Murty


  • Ph.D., MS, Oceanography and Meteorology, Chicago, USA.
  • M.Sc., India.
  • B.Sc., India.

Source: [1], [2]


Murty is a former senior research scientist for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He was a former director of Australia's National Tidal Facility as well as a professor of Earth Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide.

He is currently an adjunct professor for the Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa. [1]

Murty is on Senator Inhofe's List of “prominent scientists” who deny the existence of man-made climate change.

Stance on Climate Change

“This is the biggest scientific hoax being perpetrated on humanity. There is no global warming due to human anthropogenic activities. The atmosphere hasn’t changed much in 280 million years, and there have always been cycles of warming and cooling. The Cretaceous period was the warmest on earth. You could have grown tomatoes at the North Pole.” [3]

Key Quotes

“It turns out that our planet – and therefore the science that attempts to describe it – is immensely more complicated than Kyoto supporters suggest. Forty billion dollars buys a lot of science, and that science is paying off. We now understand the complexity and natural variability of climate in ways that were unimaginable just 10 years ago.

But the price of this understanding is that we now know that we do not know why the Earth is warming. We do not know if humans have anything to do with it, and they may well not. The scientific assumption behind the Kyoto protocol, namely that humans are known to be significantly interfering with an otherwise unchanging climate, is simply false. A new era of climate science lies before us.” [4]

Key Deeds

February, 2007

Murty was on the writing team for the Fraser Institute's 2007 Independent Summary for Policymakers (ISPM) of the IPCC's Third Assessment Report (TAR). [5]

The ISPM's conclusion is that “there will remain an unavoidable element of
uncertainty as to the extent that humans are contributing to future climate change, and
indeed whether or not such change is a good or bad thing.”

The Fraser Institute has received funding from several tobacco companies including Rothmans, British American Tobacco and Phillip Morris. It also received $120,000 from ExxonMobil between 2003 and 2004.

April, 2006

Murty was a signatory to a 2006 open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that denied the existence of climate change while urging that no actions be taken on climate policy.  The letter was signed by many prominent climate change skeptics.



According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Murty has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles mainly in the area of Tsunamis and storm surges.

Murty is the co-editor of the journal Natural Hazards.


  1. Murty, Tad,” Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Accessed January, 2012.

  2. “Submission from the Lavoisier Group to the Garnaut Climate Change Review: Appendix B” (PDF), The Lavoisier Group. Accessed January, 2012.

  3. Cindy Robinson. “Global warning?,” Carleton University, Spring 2005 Cover Story. Archived December 18, 2005.

  4. Professor Tad Murty. “We now know what we don't know about climate change,” The Ottawa Citizen, December 12, 2005. Retrieved January, 2012, from iberica2000.org.

  5. “Independent Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group I),” Retrieved January, 2012, from Ross Mckitrick's homepage at the University of Guelph (www.uquelph.ca/~rmckitri).

  6. NRSP People,” The Natural Resources Stewardship Project. Archived January 21, 2007.

  7. WHO WE ARE,” International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed January, 2012.

  8. Experts,” ICECAP. Accessed January, 2012.

  9. Tad Murty,” Wikipedia Entry.

  10. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Tad Murty.