I’ve reported here on my progress with UEA in obtaining identification of the sites used in Jones et al 1990, a study of the urban heat island effect. [Update – the Jones et al data was posted up here. ]
The reason for claiming Regulation 6(1)(b) is that the station specific raw (i.e. daily) urban’ data requested is already accessible on publicly available websites, specifically:
1) The Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN-Monthly) page within US National Climate Data Centre website at:
2) the Climate & Global Dynamics Division (CGD) page of the Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory (ESSL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) site at: http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/tn404/
In regards Regulation 12(4)(a), the information from rural’ data stations no longer exists in the form requested at the University of East Anglia.
I appealed this ruling, providing reasons as noted here. Guess
I received the following email today promising that the data would posted up at their website on or about April 13, 2007.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST (FOI_07-09)
In your email of 12 March 2007, you stated that you wished to see “A) the identification of the stations … for the following three Jones et al 1990 networks:
1. the west Russian network
2. the Chinese network
3. the Australian network
B) identification … of the stations used in the gridded network which was used as a comparandum in this study”
As part of our obligation to, at first instance, try to resolve appeals informally, I have been in discussion with the relevant members of UEA and, upon further investigation and work, we have uncovered the annual input data for the paper of Dr. Jones from 1990.
This information includes locations of the sites and the annual temperature values for those sites. We are putting this information on the UEA website with accompanying explanatory text and anticipate that, due to the Easter holidays, this will be available to the public no later than Friday 13 April. We are, of course, happy to supply the url for this information as soon as we have it.
We do not have any information about why the sites for the 1990 paper were selected as Dr. Jones is unaware of how his collaborators selected the sites.
We hope that that this information satisfies your original request of 22 February that it will resolve this matter amicably and to your satisfaction.
Information Policy Officer
University of East Anglia
We’ll see what they actually provide and what questions it raises. The sentence: “We do not have any information about why the sites for the 1990 paper were selected as Dr. Jones is unaware of how his collaborators selected the sites” certainly makes one wonder about what we’re going to see. It’s also interesting that only a few weeks ago they said “In regards Regulation 12(4)(a), the information from rural’ data stations no longer exists in the form requested at the University of East Anglia.” It seemed odd that it was no longer available and it’s nice that they’ve located it within only 5 years of my original inquiry.