Phil Jones steps down – pending independent review

From a University of East Anglia Press Release

CRU Update 1 December

Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent Review resulting from allegations following the hacking and publication of emails from the Unit.

Professor Jones said: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible.  After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the Director’s role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the University for agreeing to this.  The Review process will have my full  support.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: “I have accepted Professor Jones’s offer to stand aside during this period. It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally and the independent review can conduct its work into the allegations.

“We will announce details of the Independent Review, including its terms of reference, timescale and the chair, within days. I am delighted that Professor Peter Liss, FRS, CBE, will become acting director.”

An AP story is here

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Larey

Will that be a peer-reviewed investigation?

WOO HOO !!
A small step for mankind……………..

Phillip Bratby

Good news travels fast

Lance

Define Independant Review…..

tallbloke

Great time of year for him to gt acquainted with his garden. That’ll learn him something about global warming. It’s bloody cold in the UK tonight.
PARTY TIME!

Mom2girls

Goal!

mike smith

In other words he’ll step down till they exonerate him of all wrongdoing with their investigation?

JR

Hide the decline!

The cracks revealed in the facade of the consensus begin to deepen into actual fractures.
Al baby, Monckton is coming for you and it ain’t to debate anymore! http://pathstoknowledge.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/too-late-for-resignations-in-climategate-as-requests-for-charages-are-being-filed

Robert M.

That is really good news.
Will the investigation be genuine?
Stay tuned!

Chris

Cheers!

tallbloke
APE

AP story link isn’t functioning

Reed Coray

As the old golf joke goes, I recommend Phil Jones give his work a three-week layoff, then quit.

Whitewash on the way. If the media have any focus at all it’ll focus on him, leading it away from the fact that they’re all charlatans.

Is there anyone implicated in the emails, who is also on the agenda at Copenhagen?

Jack Thompson

Steps aside not steps down; presumably on full pay. What about his acolytes? What about Dr Mann?

tim c

Have the Brits still got the pillory?

Anton

Does anybody here know if UEA has any administrators with guts? Or is a whitewash preordained? I’m sure they’re pretty happy with all the loot Jones has been pulling in with his ‘research’ over the last decade.

Sunfighter

All the evidence has been destroyed already, so its a wise move to act like you are gonna be all noble and step aside till they find nothing.

Bill P

That (and the review of Michael Mann at Penn State) should clear the air for Copenhagen. (Not.)
But, as said above, “one small step.”

David Brent

I’m with Mike Smith here. I don’t have too much hope for an honest ‘independent’ investigation.

debreuil

Oh he’ll be back,even if they have to redefine what ‘independent investigation’ means.

rbateman

Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent Review resulting from allegations following the hacking and publication of emails from the Unit.
What is missing here?
until the completion = makes no mention of abiding by the results/decision of the investigation. Is this an omission?
Calls for a clarification.
Please specify what will happen if the investigation uncovers wrongdoing.

Greg Goodknight

This should wake up some of the media remaining on the sidelines.

manfredkintop

This “temporary” sidestep may or may not further implicate Jones, CRU researchers and their “peers”. Kinda like betting on the weather. Flip a coin.

yonason

SPOT THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT
“It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally…”
If by “normally” they mean “business as usual,” the problem has not only not been solved, but may even have an opportunity to worsen.

Invariant

By all means, this is good news, but let us show that we also have a warm and human side here at WUWT – we all do mistakes!

TerryS

It will be interesting to see who the chair is and what the terms of reference are.
Since this scandal largely revolves around hidden data, methods etc will they make the report and any evidence/transcripts public?

Al Gore's Holy Ghost

They’ll just conclude he was being silly in his emails

Bob Ramar

Mike: No, he won’t be exonerated. His steping down is the first step in a higher education institute to termination. Dr. Jones almost certainly has tenure which means that he cannot be fired without cause. “Cause” would mean a violation of institutional policy, breaking the law, something that would bring disrepute to the institution and the office Dr. Jones holds. From our perspective here, he is guilty of all of these things. But we ‘don’t’ know all the facts so let the University do it’s due dilligence.
My guess is that he will eventually resign because of “personal reasons” or to “spend more time with his family”. Victory will really occur though when we see Michael Mann’s and James Hansen’s head on a platter.

Richard Wakefield

Let’s speculate. The Dean of the university gives Jones an ultimatum. Step aside or be suspended, which will look better?

I note:
“it is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally”
I question:
Is ‘normally’ business as usual and identical to the “Jones Method” of science or would it be an admission that CRU has not been functioning in a ‘normal’ manner under the leadership of Jones?

Carlo

Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent Review resulting from allegations following the hacking and publication of emails from the Unit.
Professor Jones said: “What is most important is that CRU continues its world leading research with as little interruption and diversion as possible. After a good deal of consideration I have decided that the best way to achieve this is by stepping aside from the Director’s role during the course of the independent review and am grateful to the University for agreeing to this. The Review process will have my full support.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: “I have accepted Professor Jones’s offer to stand aside during this period. It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally and the independent review can conduct its work into the allegations.
“We will announce details of the Independent Review, including its terms of reference, timescale and the chair, within days. I am delighted that Professor Peter Liss, FRS, CBE, will become acting director.”
http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2009/nov/homepagenews/CRUupdate

I recall that some of the email discussed meetings with CRU management (ViceChancellor?) to limit the FOIA and suppress data. Will those individuals also resign.

Carlo

Mod can you remove my comment?
[Done – Evan]

Wait, why would he step down? Fenton Communications, I mean RealClimate.org said nobody did anything wrong and the words “trick”, “hide” and “delete” have special scientific meanings not found in any dictionary on the planet. I am confused, maybe the lead spokesman for Fenton Communications, I mean Gavin can shed light on this development in the context of what “stepping down” really means. We all owe Gavin a huge debt for the introduction of new definitions of common words, so new that no dictionary even recognizes them!

In all of our glee, we should have a moment of silence for the destruction these guys have wrought:
1) The reputation of science has been trashed in a way that the popes of old could only have dreamt of;
2) Billions of charitable dollars have been wasted over 20 years when they could have gone towards clean drinking water and high quality of life for the poverty-stricken;
3) An entire generation of young children–eager to help “save the planet”–will be growing up in the coming years knowing they were lied to, used and minipulated by adults they trusted.

jtom

“Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton said: ‘I have accepted Professor Jones’s offer to stand aside during this period. It is an important step to ensure that CRU can continue to operate normally and the independent review can conduct its work into the allegations.’ ”
Someone needs to clue him into the fact that it was CRU’s normal operation that caused this mess. They should issue no more reports, studies, analysis, or assessments until their complete process of obtaining, adjusting, and analyzing data is reviewed.
You will know whether this is a serious review by whether or not the doors are open. Anything done behind closed doors screams of whitewash.

Robinson

Wow. Still spinning! Do you really think it was his idea to step aside? After all that’s happened they still give the impression they think we’re all stupid.

George Tobin

Have Mann, Briffa and Trenberth accepted their appointments to the Independent Review panel yet?

hunter

step-by-step
Mann should be next.
Hansen and Schmidt soon after.
Go go go!
Each nation with a substantial AGW promotion community should move to audit each and every bit of work related communications, code, data, and finance.
In the US, strict audits according to the federal grant terms.
A Congress interested in finding out what happened to our ~450 billion or so, and holding intensive and thorough hearings on this would not be a bad thing either.
Maybe some lawsuits by those here who have been stymied in their FOIA requests would be in order, as well.
And will someone please do something in a legal sense to shut down that corpulent con artist, Gore?

Jason Bair

just how independent is independent?

Watch for this to be a prelude to the “one bad apple” argument. The climate alarmism crowd has sacrified a queen, in the hope that this will create a firewall against criticism of the field in general and enable them to still achieve check-mate in Copenhagen.
We need to start widening the scope off this enquiry to the other institutions and “scientists” involved in the fraud if we wish to avoid junk science being turned into junk policy.

tallbloke

The new Boss Peter Liss’ publications since 2000. Lovelock is a name that stands out, but only once.
PETER LISS – PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2000
Journal articles
Hughes, C., Chuck, A.L., Rossetti, H., Mann, P.J., Turner, S.M., Clarke, A., Chance, R.
and Liss, P.S. (2009) Seasonal cycle of seawater bromoform and dibromomethane
concentrations in a coastal bay on the western Antarctic Peninsula. Global
Biogeochem. Cycles 23, GB2024, doi:10.1029/2008GB003268.
Martino, M., Mills, G.P., Woeltjen, J., Liss, P.S. (2009) A new source of volatile
organoiodine compounds in surface seawater. Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (1),
art. no. L01609
Bell, T.G., Johnson, M.T., Jickells, T.D., Liss, P.S. (2008) Ammonia/ammonium
dissociation coefficient in seawater: A significant numerical correction.
Environmental Chemistry, 5, 183-186.
Zemmelink, H.J., Hintsa, E.J., Houghton, L., Dacey, J.W.H. and Liss, P.S. (2008) DMS
fluxes over the multi year ice of the western Weddell Sea. Geophysical Research
Letters 35, art. no. L06603.
Jickells, T.D., Liss, P.S., Broadgate, W., Turner, S., Kettle, A.J., Read, J., Baker, J.,
Cardenas, L.M., Carse, F., Hamren-Larssen, M., Spokes, L., Steinke, M., Thompson,
A., Watson, A., Archer, S.D., Bellerby, R.G.J., Law, C.S., Nightingale, P.D.,
Liddicoat, M.I., Widdicombe, C.E., Bowie, A., Gilpin, L.C., Moncoiffé, G., Savidge,
G., Preston, T., Hadziabdic, P., Frost, T., Upstill-Goddard, R., Pedrós-Alió, C., Simó,
R., Jackson, A., Allen, A., DeGrandpre, M.D. (2008) A Lagrangian biogeochemical
study of an eddy in the Northeast Atlantic. Progress in Oceanography 76, 366-398.
Hughes, C., Chuck, A.L., Turner, S.M. and Liss, P.S. (2008) Methyl and ethyl nitrate
saturation anomalies in the Southern Ocean (3665°S, 3070°W). Environmental
Chemistry 5, 11-15.
Hughes, C., Malin, G., Turley, C.M., Keely, B.J., Nightingale, P.D. and Liss, P.S. (2008).
The production of volatile iodocarbons by biogenic marine aggregates. Limnol.
Oceanogr. 53, 867-872.
Vogt, M., Turner, S., Yassaa, N., Steinke, M., Williams, J. and Liss, P.S. (2008).
Laboratory inter-comparison of dissolved dimethyl sulphide (DMS) measurements
using purge-and-trap and solid-phase microextraction techniques during a mesocosm
experiment. Marine Chemistry 108(1-2), 32-39.
Johnson, M.T., Liss, P.S., Bell, T.G., Lesworth, T.J., Baker, A.R., Hind, A.J., Jickells,
T.D., Biswas, K.F., Woodward, E.M.S. and Gibb, S.W. (2008). Field observations of
the ocean-atmosphere exchange of ammonia: fundamental importance of temperature
as revealed by a comparison of high and low latitudes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles
22, GB1019, DOI: 10.1029/2007GB003039.
Liss, P.S. and Lovelock, J.E. (2007). Climate change: the effect of DMS emissions.
Environmental Chemistry 4, 377-378. DOI: 10.1071/EN07072.
Bell, T.G., Johnson, M.T., Jickells, T.D. and Liss, P.S. (2007). Ammonia/ammonium
dissociation coefficient in seawater: a significant numerical correction. Environ.
Chem. 4, 183-186. doi: 10.1071/EN07032.
Liss, P.S. (2007). Trace gas emissions from the marine biosphere. Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society A 365, 1697-1704.
Evans, C., Kadner, S.V., Darroch, L.J., Wilson, W.H., Liss, P.S. and Malin, G. (2007).
The relative significance of viral lysis and microzooplankton grazing as pathways of
dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) cleavage: An Emiliania huxleyi culture study.
Limnol. Oceanogr. 52, 1036-1045.
Johnson, M.T., Sanders, R., Avgoustidi, V., Lucas, M., Brown, L., Hansell, D., Moore,
M., Gibb, S., Liss, P. and Jickells, T., (2007) Ammonium accumulation during a
silicate limited diatom bloom indicates the potential for ammonia emission events.
Marine Chemistry 106 (1-2) pp. 63-75.
Martino, M., Liss, P.S. and Plane, J.M.C. (2006). Wavelength-dependence of the
photolysis of diiodomethane in seawater. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L06606,
doi: 10.1029/2005GL025424.
Evans, C. Malin, G. Wilson, W.H. and Liss, P.S. (2006) Infectious titres of Emiliania
huxleyi virus EhV-86 are reduced by exposure to millimolar dimethyl sulphide and
acrylic acid, Limnology and Oceanography, 51, 5, 2468-2471.
Bell, T.G. Malin, G. McKee, C.M. and Liss, P.S. (2006) A comparison of
dimethylsulphide (DMS) data from the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT)
programme with proposed algorithms for global surface DMS concentrations, Deep-
Sea Research II, 53, 1720-1735.
Hughes, C. Malin, G. Nightingale, P.D. and Liss, P.S. (2006) The effect of light stress on
the release of volatile iodocarbons by three species of marine microalgae, Limnol.
Oceanogr. 51, 2849-2854.
Jickells, T.D. An, Z.S. Andersen, K.K. Baker, A.R. Bergametti, G. Brooks, N. Cao, J.J.
Boyd, P.W. Duce, R.A. Hunter, K.A. Kawahata, H. Kubilay, N. laRoche, J. Liss, P.S.
Mahowald, N. Prospero, J.M. Ridgwell, A.J. Tegen, I. and Torres, R. (2005) Global
iron connections between desert dust, ocean biogeochemistry, and climate, Science,
308, 67-71.
Liss, P.S. Chuck, A. Bakker, D. and Turner, S. (2005) Ocean fertilization with iron:
effects on climate and air quality, Tellus, 57B, 269-271.
Martino, M. Liss, P.S. and Plane, J.M.C. (2005) The phytolysis of di-halomethanes in
surface seawater, Environmental Science and Technology, 39, 7097-7101.
Chuck, A.L. Turner, S.M. and Liss, P.S. (2005) Oceanic distributions and air-sea fluxes
of biogenic halocarbons in the open ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110,
C10.
Zemmelink, H.J. Houghton, L. Dacey, J.W.H. Worby, A.P. and Liss, P.S. (2005)
Emission of dimethylsulfide from Weddell Sea leads, Geophysical Research Letters,
32.
Broadgate, W.J. Malin, G. Küpper, F.C. Thompson, A. and Liss, P.S. (2004) Isoprene
and other non-methane hydrocarbons from seaweeds: a source of reactive
hydrocarbons to the atmosphere, Marine Chemistry, 88, 61-73.
Chuck, A.L. and Liss, P.S. (2004) Ocean-atmosphere biogeochemical interactions: a twoway
coupling under SOLAS, Indian Journal of Marine Sciences, 33, 65-70.
Turner, S.M. Harvey, M.J. Law, C.S. Nightingale, P.D. and Liss, P.S. (2004) Ironinduced
changes in oceanic sulfur biogeochemistry, Geophysical Research Letters,
31.
Liss, P.S. Chuck, A.L. Turner, S.M. and Watson, A.J. (2004) Air-sea gas exchange in
Antarctic waters, Antarctic Science, 16, 517-529.
Carpenter, L.J. Liss, P.S. Penkett, S.A. (2003) Marine organohalogens in the atmosphere
over the Atlantic and Southern Oceans, Journal of Geophysical Research, 108, 4256.
Bigg, G.R. Jickells, T.D. Liss, P.S. and Osborn, T.J. (2003) The role of the oceans in
climate, International Journal of Climatology, 23, 1127-1159.
Steinke, M. Malin, G. Archer, S.D. Burkill, P.H. and Liss, P.S. (2002) DMS production
in a coccolithophorid bloom: evidence for the importance of dinoflagellate DMSP
lyases, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 26, 259-270.
Chuck, A.L. Turner, S.M. and Liss, P.S. (2002) Direct evidence for a marine source of
C1 and C2 alkyl nitrates, Science, 297, 1151-1154.
Steinke, M. Malin, G. and Liss, P.S. (2002) Trophic interactions in the sea: an ecological
role for climate relevant volatiles? Journal of Phycology, 38, 630-638.

DennisA

http://www.eastangliaemails.com/emails.php?eid=462&filename=1105019698.txt
From: Phil Jones
To: “Parker, David (Met Office)” , Neil Plummer
Subject: RE: Fwd: Monthly CLIMATbulletins
Date: Thu Jan 6 08:54:58 2005
Cc: “Thomas C Peterson”
Neil,
Just to reiterate David’s points, I’m hoping that IPCC will stick with 1961-90.
The issue of confusing users/media with new anomalies from a
different base period is the key one in my mind. Arguments about
the 1990s being better observed than the 1960s don’t hold too much
water with me.
There is some discussion of going to 1981-2000 to help the modelling
chapters. If we do this it will be a bit of a bodge as it will be hard to do
things properly for the surface temp and precip as we’d lose loads of
stations with long records that would then have incomplete normals.
If we do we will likely achieve it by rezeroing series and maps in
an ad hoc way.
There won’t be any move by IPCC to go for 1971-2000, as it won’t
help with satellite series or the models. 1981-2000 helps with MSU
series and the much better Reanalyses and also globally-complete
SST.
20 years (1981-2000) isn’t 30 years, but the rationale for 30 years
isn’t that compelling. The original argument was for 35 years around
1900 because Bruckner found 35 cycles in some west Russian
lakes (hence periods like 1881-1915). This went to 30 as it
easier to compute.
Personally I don’t want to change the base period till after I retire!
Sooner than he thought?

a jones

Uh gosh yes, sometimes I wish I were in the whitewash business, always steady demand from politicians and the like of course but it looks as if going to be exceptionally profitable for the next few months.
What is interesting is how the fallout is gradually spreading despite MSM claims of business as usual. And how muted much of the set piece we’re all doomed propaganda long planned by the MSM in the run up to Copenhagen has become, much is being quietly toned down: and sometimes qualified. At least in the UK.
As for Australia, although I haven’t heard the results of the Senate vote yet, I suspect a lot of western politicians are going to privately take note. Time will tell.
Something about the walls of the sandcastle washing away with the incoming tide I think I said on another thread here.
Kindest Regards

Leon Brozyna

He really had no choice. His very presence was becoming controversial. Stepping aside reduces the heat (pun intended) in Climategate/climate change. It doesn’t, however, really change anything. Any real change in the science will take months, if not years, before it becomes visible.

Oh dear, only one foot out the door? Can someone please give Jones a shove over the cliff edge?

P Gosselin