Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Scientific Assessment of East Anglia University's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Publications Announced

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UPDATE #1: "University pledges independent review of climate research" (Independent, 2-11-10)

UPDATE #2: Hacked climate emails inquiry will not 'audit scientific conclusions' (Guardian, 2-11-10)

The University of East Anglia has issued this press release (2-11-10):

New scientific assessment of climatic research publications announced

Thu, 11 Feb 2010

An independent external reappraisal of the science in the Climatic Research Unit’s (CRU) key publications [see here] has been announced by the University of East Anglia.

The Royal Society will assist the University in identifying assessors with the requisite expertise, standing and independence.

“Published papers from CRU have gone through the rigorous and intensive peer review process which is the keystone for maintaining the integrity of scientific research,” said Professor Trevor Davies, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement. “That process and the findings of our researchers have been the subject of significant debate in recent months. Colleagues in CRU have strenuously defended their conduct and the published work and we believe it is in the interests of all concerned that there should be an additional assessment considering the science itself.”

The independent reassessment will complement Sir Muir Russell’s Review [see here] of the key allegations about the handling of data arising from the publication of a series of e-mails hacked from CRU. Sir Muir’s Review is expected to announce its finding in Spring 2010.

The reassessment of CRU’s key publications will be completed at the earliest date the assessors can manage. The findings will be made public.

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