CA readers are well aware that Phil Jones of CRU has jealously refused to provide the surface temperature data set used in the prominent HadCRU temperature index, going so far as to repudiate Freedom of Information requests. Efforts to obtain this data have been chronicled here from time to time. As a result of the previous round of FOI inquiries, we managed to get a (mostly) complete list of station names (but not data) – even the names being refused in the first round of polite requests and subsequent FOI inquiries.
There seems to be a gradual movement away from CRU to the Hadley Center in the ongoing management of this data set, with the Hadley Center seemingly having a much more professional approach to data management, recognizing obligations to the public as well as to their pals. I noticed an interesting statement at a Hadley Center readme today
Q. Where can I get the raw observations?
A. The raw sea-surface temperature observations used to create HadSST2 are taken from ICOADS (International Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set). These can be found at http://icoads.noaa.gov/. To obtain the archive of raw land surface temperature observations used to create CRUTEM3, you will need to contact Phil Jones at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Recently archived station reports used to update CRUTEM3 and HadCRUT3 are available from the CRUTEM3 data download page.
Given the above statement is meant to indicate that Jones gives the archive to some people, then his refusal to give the archive to others becomes hard to justify even in “community” terms. If Jones has consistently refused to provide the archive to anyone, this seems to be a circular paper chase.
In any event, I wrote to Dr Kennedy, the maintainer of the webpage, referring to this paragraph and asking him for a copy of the archive in the form that the Hadley Center possessed it. I did not cite the Freedom of Information Act, but will initiate a new round of requests if required.