March 22, 2010

‘Climategate’ Panel Announced

An independent review panel has been named to investigate the "Climategate" incident in which hacked emails suggest possible misconduct on the part of climate research scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the BBC is reporting.

Serving as the panel's chairperson will be Ron Oxburgh FRS, otherwise known as Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool. He is a former head of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Joining him on the committee will be: Huw Davies, professor of physics at the Institute for Atmospheric & Climate Science at ETH Zurich; Kerry Emanuel, professor of meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Lisa Graumlich, directs the school of natural resources and the environment at Arizona University; David Hand, professor of statistics in the department of mathematics at Imperial College London; Herbert Huppert, professor of theoretical geophysics at the University of Cambridge; and Michael Kelly, Prince Philip professor of technology at the University of Cambridge

In November 2009, hackers were able to infiltrate a server at UEA's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), obtain, and then release thousands of documents. Among those documents was an email from CRU head climatologist Phil Jones, in which he discussed using a "trick" to "hide the decline."

Critics of global climate change believed he was referring to hiding a decline in temperatures over a period of time, while supporters vehemently argue that the comment was taken out of context.

"The shadow hanging over climate change and science more generally at present makes it a matter of urgency that we get on with this assessment," Oxburgh told BBC News on Monday.


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