Monday, 7 December 2009

Local scientist defends climate emails

Scientists at the King's Buildings campus of Edinburgh University have close links to the group of researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia where the director Phil Jones recently stood down pending an investigation. For more local background on what has been dubbed Climategate see here.

Professor Tom Crowley, has been mounting a defence of the CRU researchers under fire and himself features in the leaked email correspondence. In an interview with the Washington Post he defends the technique which was referred to in the emails as 'Mike's Nature trick'. A detailed explanation and (critical) analysis of 'Mike's Nature trick' (which addresses the hockey stick concept of global warming) can be found here.

Professor Crowley also features in a BBC interview with Professor Phillip Stott here.

Local resident Professor Simon Tett, chair of Earth System Dynamics and Modelling at Edinburgh University also features in the leaked emails. He contributed to the last three IPCC assessments and has provided scientific advice to the UK government on the science of climate change.

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