N – Making climate data free for all

Meteorologists are meeting this week to hammer out a solution to one of the thorniest problems in climate science: how to make raw climate data freely available to all.

The workshop, to be held in Exeter, UK, on 7-9 September, will be hosted by Britain’s Meteorological Office. It follows years of discussion within the climate science community, which wants to draw disparate climate data together into a single, comprehensive repository to streamline research.

The effort has been given fresh urgency over the past year by the backlash against climate science that was sparked by the leaking of emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.