Climategate Closed! Climatic Research Unit Cleared of Malpractice by Independent Review

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An independent review panel in the UK examining whether there was any scientific malpractice by the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit has concluded that there was none. The panel, headed by former chair of the House of Lords science and technology committee Lord Oxburgh said, "Whatever was said in the emails. the basic science seems to have been done fairly and properly." (The Guardian)No Deliberate Scientific Malpractice
Overall the report concluded:

We saw no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit and had it been there we believe that it is likely that we would have detected it. Rather we found a small group of dedicated if slightly disorganized researchers who were ill-prepared for being the focus of public attention. As with many small research groups their internal procedures were rather informal.

Engage More Professional Statisticians
The one criticism leveled at the CRU is that they did not work in close collaboration with professional statisticians--something which no doubt will fuel more speculation that some damning piece of evidence awaits discovery, even if that doesn't seem to be the spirit in which the statement by the panel was made.

In its official response the UEA, as one would expect, thanked Lord Oxburgh's panel and said that, "We do see the sense in engaging more fully with the wider statistics community to ensure that the most effective and up-to-date statistical techniques are adopted and will now consider further how best to achieve this."

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