Fred Pearce reported in the The Climate Files (page 54):
When I phoned Jones on the day the emails were published online and asked him what he thought was behind it, he said: “It’s about Yamal, I think”. The word turns up in 100 separate emails, more than “hockey stick” or any other totem of the climate wars. The emails began with it back in 1996 and they ended with it.
An April 2006 Climategate email (684. 1146252894.txt) referred to a regional chronology covering both Yamal and Polar Urals as follows:
we have three “groups” of trees:
“SCAND” (which includes the Tornetrask and Finland multi-millennial chronologies, but also some shorter chronologies from the same region). These trees fall mainly within the 3 boxes centred at: 17.5E, 67.5N; 22.5E, 67.5N; 27.5E, 67.5N
“URALS” (which includes the Yamal and Polar Urals long chronologies, plus other shorter ones). These fall mainly within these 3 boxes: 52.5E [SM: presumably 62.5E], 67.5N; 62.5E, 62.5N (note this is the only one not at 67.5N); 67.5E, 67.5N
“TAIMYR” (which includes the Taimyr long chronology, plus other shorter ones). These fall mainly within these 4 boxes: 87.5E, 67.5N; 102.5E, 67.5N;112.5E, 67.5N; 122.5E, 67.5N
A March 2007 email (780. 1172776463.txt) appears to indicate that the 2006 Chronology had elevated values around AD1000, as the 2007 email refers to an earlier version of the chronology with a “higher peak near 1000 AD”:
Here is the old version for you to compare with… the only noticeable difference is for the URALS/YAMAL region, which previously had a higher peak near 1000 AD.
Although I specifically drew the attention of the Muir Russell panel to the 2006 email as being very important in connection with their mandate to examine evidence “of the manipulation or suppression of data which is at odds with acceptable scientific practice and may therefore call into question any of the research outcomes”, the Muir Russell panel failed to cross-examine CRU on inconsistencies in their evidence to the panel with the contemporary emails in the Climategate dossier.
Earlier this year, I submitted an EIR request for the 2006 regional chronology and the associated list of sites. Both requests were refused. I then submitted an internal appeal to UEA, again refused.
While climate scientists frequently say that they are not in it for the money, UEA’s refusal was based not on the public interest, but on their claim that they would be financially damaged by disclosure of the 2006 chronology, saying that as “copyright holder”, they had “an expectation of making financial gain from” publication of the 2006 chronology and that disclosure would cause them
“financial harm via adverse impact upon reputation, ability to attract research funding, and funding arising from the citation of the publications within the REF process by which universities in the United Kingdom receive funding”.
I have now submitted an appeal to the Information Commissioner. See here for the appeal and here for the prior correspondence. The appeal includes a review of events, commenting unfavorably on a number of untruthful assertions made by CRU and UEA along the way as excuses for not providing data or not complying with FOI/EIR legislation.
Obviously, I think that their arguments are unconvincing. But aside from that, we often hear from the climate community that they are not in it for the money. Any climate scientist who has ever made such a statement should condemn UEA’s placement of the university’s supposed “financial gain” above the public interest. Unfortunately, the climate “community” have, as usual, stood by mutely. Will Michael Tobis or Andrew Dessler speak out against UEA’s refusal? Or will they maintain the silence of the lambs that we have observed in the past.