climategate, definition of


Climategate refers to release/leak/stealing of emails, data and programs related to research into global warming by UEA's Climate Research Unit (CRU); that occurred in 2009 before the Copenhagen Climate Conference (and was therefore probably contributory to its failure). The information obtained was made publicly available for all to see and read through.

It indicates that there good reason to conclude:

  • Problems with data retention and archiving;
  • Weakly documented data processing both in terms of process and actions undertaken.
  • A 'closed ranks' mindset to external criticism and freedom of information
  • Close interdependent relationships between a small set of international researchers leading to peer review and career advancement support occurring within the group.
Which all casts strong doubt over the 'veracity' and quality of the research being done, and hence the validity of decisions subsequently made off it (i.e. leading contributions into IPCC reports, government decision making and other dependent research).

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