Thursday, 26 November 2009

Local scientists feature in climate emails

Following the internet publication of programme code and email exchanges amongst key climate scientists at the University of East Anglia, it has become clear that they indicate some local scientists have been close to those at the centre of the controversy.

The emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia were published on 17th November and since then debate has raged about their significance.

There have been calls for the head of the CRU Phil Jones to resign (eg by George Monbiot here) and the controversy continues over the methods revealed in the emails and the robustness of the foundational research at the CRU which has been at the heart of public policy on climate change.

Edinburgh University scientists at the Grant Institute at Kings Buildings feature in the emails - showing their proximity to the CRU and aspects of these key areas of climate change debate. They include Gabriele Hegerl, Professor of Climate System Science and Professor Thomas Crowley, Director of the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES).

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