The CSIRO is crying foul over a front page article in The Australian last week which "misinterpreted" a report on rising sea levels and claimed the national research body's model for global warming was "already dead in the water as having no sound basis in probability".

Under the title "Sea-level rises are slowing, tidal gauge records show", journalist Stuart Rintoul reported on a new peer-reviewed study by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage specialist Phil Watson, which found that "based on century-long tide gauge records"  there has been a "consistent trend of weak deceleration" in rising sea levels to the year 2000. At first glance, this appears to contradict the international scientific consensus that sea level rises are accelerating.

Providing colour to the piece were quotes from "climate change researcher" Howard Brady, who took Watson's cautious conclusions and went much further, claiming that the report raised "questions about the CSIRO's sea-level predictions," that the sea level rises accepted by the CSIRO for the 21st century were "already dead in the water as having no sound basis in probability" and that the divergence between the sea-level trends and the models of those trends was so large that "it is clear there is a serious problem with the models".