University to publish all climate data

The University of East Anglia has vowed to publish all its climate change information following an email leak.

The University of East Anglia has vowed to publish all its climate change information following an email leak.

The university's Climate Research Unit (CRU) says more than 95% of its data is already available, after leaked emails questioned the validity of climate change.

Over 95% of the CRU climate data set concerning land surface temperatures has been accessible to climate researchers, sceptics and the public for several years the University of East Anglia has confirmed, with the rest expected to be released this week.

"It is well known within the scientific community and particularly those who are sceptical of climate change that over 95% of the raw station data has been accessible through the Global Historical Climatology Network for several years.

"We are quite clearly not hiding information which seems to be the speculation on some blogs and by some media commentators," said the university's pro-vice-chancellor, research enterprise and engagement professor Trevor Davies.

The university has confirmed it will make all the data accessible as soon as it us released from a range of non-publication agreements, publication will be carried out in collaboration with the Met Office Hadley Centre.

"We are grateful for the necessary support of the Met Office in requesting the permissions for releasing the information but understand that responses may take several months and that some countries may refuse permission due to the economic value of the data," continued Professor Davies.

"The remaining data, to be published when permissions are given, generally cover areas of the world where there are fewer data collection stations."

Luke Walsh

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