Until today, many assumed the investigation into Phil Jones' East Anglia CRU operation would be limited to the leak of the damning emails. Apparently, it is to be broader and will cover the reliability of the data spewed out by this group as well. The BBC reports:
UEA has said the review will:
- Examine e-mail exchanges to determine whether there is evidence of suppression or manipulation of data at odds with acceptable scientific practice which "may therefore call into question any of the research outcomes".
- Review CRU's policies and practices for acquiring, assembling, subjecting to peer review and disseminating data and research findings, and "their compliance or otherwise with best scientific practice".
- Review CRU's compliance or otherwise with the UEA's policies and practices regarding requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) for the release of data.
- Review and make recommendations about the management, governance and security structures for CRU and the security, integrity and release of the data it holds.
The inquiry will be headed by Sir Muir Russell, who is described as a "former civil servant."
Let's see if Penn States' investigation into the work of Professor Michael Mann which didn't seem very serious when announced, will be broadened as well.