I have often noted that the number of climate scientists (including both real-and self proclaimed) around the world is quite small, and those with certain areas of expertise, such as in paleoclimatology is even smaller. This leads to the problem of finding qualified reviewers for scientific papers. Looking for something else today, I came across this Climategate email, and I thought it worth looking at in that context. While this email has had some discussions on forum comments, I don’t think it has ever been made a front and center topic.
Below is a screencap of an email sent by Professor Phil Jones of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia.
So, what’s going on here is that Phil Jones is trying to influence a review of a paper that officemate Tim Osborn is doing, but he wants people he’s asking to “forget” that he ever inquired about the issue so that Phil [ensures Tom] is “squeaky clean” when it comes to his opinion.
Climate Science at it’s best, don’t you think?
UPDATE: I missed this while on holiday travel yesterday:
Climatologist Prof Phil Jones, who was at the centre of the Climategate row over hacked emails, will be succeeded by Prof Timothy Osborn.
Prof Osborn, who has worked at the UEA since 1990, said: “UEA provides a superb environment for climate research and so it is a privilege for me to become the Climatic Research Unit’s next director of research.
“I’m looking forward to leading our pioneering climate research, establishing with greater certainty the details of how and why the Earth’s climate is changing and the consequences for the future.”
“I am not leaving UEA, but will continue my research on a part-time basis.”
Prof Jones made national headlines in 2009, when UEA emails were hacked in what became known as Climategate.
Climate change sceptics claimed the content of the emails showed that scientists were manipulating data.
But a string of committees found no evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct.
Source: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/uea_s_climatic_unit_director_steps_down_1_4829565 (h/t to reader “mikewaite” and Paul Homewood