Saturday, November 28, 2009

Data ... data ... get your data here!

Now that "Climategate" appears to be just about over with nothing to show for a week of pouring over the e-mails, source code and personal relationships I note that there is one good thing to come out of it. Over at RealClimate they have a page devoted to organizing and releasing the data.

This was an excellent move on their part. I suspect that almost none of it is new to the public but it shows their willingness to go out of their way to ensure that the public is informed.

So skeptics, RealClimate has listened to what you said, saw some validity in it and acted. Any chance you could do likewise and review some of the outrageous claims and accusations made over the last week and retract the ones that are not standing up to scrutiny.

While this has not been a pretty incident, there is one individual I would like to single out for his integrity and ability to communicate in a calm manner. Gavin Schmidt, thanks for your thoughtful insight and ability to stay calm under fire. Have a good thanksgiving - you deserve it.

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