Russians Stole My Emails, Climategate Flashback. #GrubStreetJournal



Row over leaked climate emails

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A row has broken over illegally obtained emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The emails, written by some of the most respected scientists in the field, were hacked and leaked, and have been seized upon by climate change sceptics who say they suggest that there is manipulation of data by climate change scientists. Climate change policy sceptic Lord Lawson and UEA Professor Robert Watson discusses the incident.


Phil Jones

Monday, November 23, 2009

Data horribilia: the HARRY_READ_ME.txt file

With the CRU emails having been examined, it seems that some people—mainly techies—are really starting to dig into the data files. These files are, as far as we can tell, temperature data, modelling results and other such useful files, i.e. these are the files produced and worked on by the CRU teams, as well as considerable amounts of information on—and code from—the actual computer modelling programmes themselves.

In other words, these are the guts of CRU’s actual computer models—the data, the code and the applications.

And they are, by all accounts, a total bloody mess.

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So, come with me on a wonderful journey as the CRU team realise that not only have they lost great chunks of data but also that their application suites and algorithms are total crap; join your humble Devil and Asimov as we dive into the HARRY_READ_ME.txt (thanks to The Englishman) file and follow the trials and tribulations of Ian “Harry” Harris as he tries to recreate the published data because he has nothing else to go on!

Francis Turner said…

The one thing I get from “HARRY_READ_ME” is that when Jones said that he didn’t have the original HADCRU data he was probably correct. He really doesn’t have it or if he does he doesn’t know where it is and how he munged it into the processed for.

I’ve stuck all the code up on my webserver as I intend to join in the code review as time permits – the critical directory is

11/23/2009 12:26:00 pm






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