BBC has an article up titled “Climate data “not well organized”.
Here’s an excerpt:
Phil Jones, the professor behind the “Climategate” affair, has admitted some of his decades-old weather data was not well enough organised.
He said this contributed to his refusal to share raw data with critics – a decision he says he regretted.
But Professor Jones said he had not cheated the data, or unfairly influenced the scientific process.
He said he stood by the view that recent climate warming was most likely predominantly man-made.
But he agreed that two periods in recent times had experienced similar warming. And he agreed that the debate had not been settled over whether the Medieval Warm Period was warmer than the current period.
Let’s watch the blogs to see how much coverage that gets.
Here’s more from the article:
Professor Jones agreed that scientists on both sides of the debate could suffer sometimes from a “bunker mentality”.
He said “sceptics” who doubted his climate record should compile their own dataset from material publicly available in the US.
“The major datasets mostly agree,” he said. “If some of our critics spent less time criticising us and prepared a dataset of their own, that would be much more constructive.”
His colleagues said that keeping a paper trail was not one of Professor Jones’ strong points. Professor Jones told BBC News: “There is some truth in that.
“We do have a trail of where the (weather) stations have come from but it’s probably not as good as it should be,” he admitted.
This is what I figured when I first read about these refusals to turn over data to skeptics. If you know people are out to poke holes in your work, and your work is correct but sloppy, you might hesitate to do so until it can be cleaned up. A fellow scientist might overlook sloppiness especially if you were collaborating on work.
He goes on to argue that scientists need to do more to communicate why they support AGW and that more openess with data is forthcoming. He also defended the use of the term “trick” and argued that it had been spun by critics.
Finally, he says this:
“I have no agenda,” he said.
“I’m a scientist trying to measure temperature. If I registered that the climate has been cooling I’d say so. But it hasn’t until recently – and then barely at all. The trend is a warming trend.”
He said many people had been made sceptical about climate change by the snow in the northern hemisphere – but they didn’t realise that the satellite record from the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed that January had been the warmest month since records began in 1979.
I’ll post responses in the blogosphere below.