While I’ve been getting lots of attention for “take down” of a single file that infringed on my copyright, another, much more broad and serious event is unfolding in the UK at the Hadley Climate Centre.
It appears that the “mole” has caused a Centre-wide panic and they are purging publicly available climate data.
If their climate science is so solid, so unassailable, why would they need to do this? Why hide the climate data gathered from public domain sources worldwide such as NOAA and NCDC? Steve McIntyre tells the story and wonders also. I’m sure all of those who complained in my case will do the same about Hadley, since it will affect the climate community worldwide. I suppose we now have a new term: “Climate Data Deniers” – Anthony
On July 31, 2009, the purge of public data at CRU reached levels “unprecedented” in its recorded history. Climate Audit reader Super-Grover said that the data purge was “worse” than we expected.
The next day, on July 28, Phil Jones deleted data from his public file – see screenshot with timestemp in post here, leaving online a variety of files from the 1990s as shown in the following screenshot taken on July 28, 2009.
The following day, the following listing of station data available since 1996 (discussed in my post CRU Then and Now) was deleted from public access: ftp.cru.uea.ac.uk/projects/advance10k/cruwlda2.zip, though other data in the file remained.
This is part of a broader lockdown at CRU. Ian Harris, Dave Lister, Kate Willett, Tim Osborn, Dimitrios, Clive Wilkinson and Colin Harpham all altered their FTP directories this morning. Only one directory (Tim Osborn -see below) has added material.
Revisiting the Advance 10K webpage this morning, all Advance 10K data was deleted from their FTP site. None of the Advance 10K data links at www.cru.uea.ac.uk/advance10k/climdata.htm work any more.
If you go to the directory page ftp.cru.uea.ac.uk/projects which formerly hosted ftp.cru.uea.ac.uk/projects/advance10k directory, it now contains only two directories between Sept 1999 and the present, both dated 8/1/2008, but containing data from 2001.
On July 31, 2009 at 10:41 am, Tim Osborn published a webpage entitled “controversy.htm”. It is located in a folder entitled www.cru.uea.ac.uk/people/timosborn/censored/ and the webpage www.cru.uea.ac.uk/people/timosborn/censored/controversy.htm itself is of course censored.
I presume that the data has not been totally destroyed, only that, after many years of public availability, it has been put under lock and key. It’s as though CRU is having a collective temper tantrum.