CRU: raw data "dumped" to save space

Data disposal services

Data disposal services

No joke. This is apparently what happened at CRU, one of the main sources of data for the global warming alarmist camp, according to the UK Times Online:

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.

The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.

And the response from “proper” scientists is understandably one of amazement:

Roger Pielke, professor of environmental studies at Colorado University, discovered data had been lost when he asked for original records. “The CRU is basically saying, ‘Trust us’. So much for settling questions and resolving debates with science,” he said.

One of the comments sums it up well:

“Dear Inland Revenue [ATO, IRS], I enclose my latest accounts. Please note that I accidentally destroyed all the original invoices but I promise they were all entered correctly. Honest!”

Read it here.


  1. Follow the $ says:

    I suppose it’s the same as NZ. Raw data shows no warming, “massaged” data a strong upslope.

  2. Anyone who has worked in research knows that you don’t throw out original data, let alone for conservation of space. This is rubbish. All the more reasons that 10 the entire program requires independent outside review 2) throwing out data and emails should be punishable by enprisonment 3) specific individuals in climategate should be banished and punished.

  3. CRU dump critical original records without burning them to disks?
    Even banks decades ago kept records of documents using microfilm.
    Now this technologically advanced institution, at the forefront of climate speculation, dumps original data. Good one! What do they do for an encore suggest the university dumps this bunch, now!
    Where did they dump the data? How long ago did they dump the data? Did they get permission from their sources to dump this irreplaceable data? Who authorised the dumping? In an interview a representative of CRU said they could not release the data because they had to have permission from the sources. How many organisations are they implicating in this act?
    So the only data in support of their controversial hypothesis was dumped. What credence do these people really expect from real scientists and the sceptics. The original untampered, unadjusted, unsmoothed data is gone.
    Why did the sources not keep the original data nd send copies I wonder?

    Mann oh Mann, unbelievable

  4. To save space,eh?
    So the “adjustments” and “tricks” were far more important than the raw data.
    As the Guinness ad says, “Brilliant.”


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