Category Archives: Surface Record

Articles focussing on the reliability of the surface record

“Sent loads of station data to Scott”

“Community” climate scientists (e.g. Nature, Realclimate) have been quick to accept the idea that CRU was prevented from releasing station data because of confidentiality agreements with originating meteorological services. Something that Nature and Realclimate didn’t discuss or even seem to notice – and the blind spot is symptomatic – is that Jones delivered “confidential” data […]

The UK Met Office “Subset”

Around Dec 8, 2009, the UK Met Office released “value added” data for a “subset” of 1741 stations – see here, describing the release as follows: The data downloadable from this page are a subset of the full HadCRUT3 record of global temperatures, which is one of the global temperature records that have underpinned IPCC […]

The CRU Gong Show: Refusing Ross McKitrick

Today brought in some CRU refusals- their rejections of Ross Mc, Roman M, myself. (They’re going to have to re-do their Roger Pielke rejection, since they replied to the wrong request in his case.) Each one deserves to be savored. So today I’ll post up their obstruction of Ross McKitrick. FOI officer Palmer denied the […]

Nature Reports on CRU Stonewalling

Nature reported today on the CRU data requests. I was interviewed at length last Thurs, followup Friday by Olive Heffernan of Nature. They even asked for a photograph. I haven’t seen the article yet. More after I see the story. Update: There is an additional discussion at the Nature Blog. Behave nicely. Update- my picture […]

CRU Responds

CRU has posted up an undated webpage on data availability here , responding to the various recent FOI requests for station data and confidentiality agreements. Here they “list the agreements that we still hold”. I’m preparing a post on this extraordinary document and am posting this thread as a placeholder for now. Instalment 1 (Aug […]

NOAA: HadCRU3 data not "influential"

A CA reader recently wrote to NOAA (which distributes HADCRU3 gridded data) asking them whether the data and methods had been reviewed pursuant to NOAA Quality of Information guidelines. (It is nice to see a reader complete such an exercise himself rather than writing on a thread that I should do it.) NOAA replied that […]

A 2002 Request to CRU

In May 2008, I collated correspondence requesting CRU station from various parties commencing with Warwick Hughes’ correspondence in July 2004. See here. On a couple of occasions, I’d referred to some correspondence with Phil Jones in pre-Hockey Stick days (fall 2002). At that time, I was surprised by the promptness of the response and the […]

Dr Phil, Confidential Agent

Recently, Philip Jones of CRU (Climatic Research Unit) claimed to have entered into a variety of confidentiality agreements with national meteorological services that prevent him from publicly archiving the land temperature data relied upon by IPCC. Unfortunately, Jones seems to have lost or destroyed the confidentiality agreements in question and, according to the Met Office, […]

"Unprecedented" Data Purge At CRU

On July 31, 2009, the purge of public data at CRU reached levels “unprecedented” in its recorded history. Climate Audit reader Super-Grover said that the data purge was “worse” than we expected. On Monday, July 27, 2009, as reported in a prior thread, CRU deleted three files pertaining to station data from their public directory […]

Met Office/CRU Finds the Mole

More news on the Met Office/CRU molehunt. Late yesterday (Eastern time), I learned that the Met Office/CRU had identified the mole. They are now aware that there has in fact been a breach of security. They have confirmed that I am in fact in possession of CRU temperature data, data so sensitive that, according to […]

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