Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Publication of Independent Climate Change E-mails Review Report Set for July 7, 2010

The Independent Climate Change Email Review (6-16-2010) reports:

The publication date for the Independent Climate Change E-mails Review report has been set for 7 July. Full details of publication arrangements will be given nearer the time.

For recent posts about the Review see here and here.

For more background about this controversy see the Pew Center's article "The Emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit." The Pew Center also has a page on Global Climate Change.

The Workplan link notes that the Review team have set out the specific allegations it intends to investigate in the Issues for Examination Document (February 10, 2010).

The "About" link of the Email Review explains the Review team's remit:

The independent Climate Change Email Review was announced in December 2009 after emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit were hacked and published online.

The Review was called for and is being funded by the University of East Anglia, but its work and findings are wholly independent.

The review will:

1. Examine the hacked e-mail exchanges, other relevant e-mail exchanges and any other information held at the Climatic Research Unit to determine whether there is any evidence of manipulation or suppression of data which is at odds with acceptable scientific practice and may therefore call into question any of the research outcomes.

2. Review the Climatic Research Unit’s policies and practices for acquiring, assembling, subjecting to peer review and disseminating data and research findings, and their compliance or otherwise with best scientific practice.

3. Review the Climatic Research Unit’s compliance or otherwise with the University of East Anglia’s policies and practices regarding requests under the Freedom of Information Act (‘the FOIA’) and the Environmental Information Regulations (‘the EIR’) for the release of data.

4. Review and make recommendations as to the appropriate management, governance and security structures for the Climatic Research Unit and the security, integrity and release of the data it holds.

The remit of the Review can be amended or added to at the discretion of the independent chair, Sir Muir Russell.

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