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    Building trust in climate science: data products for the 21st century

    Chandler, Richard E. and Thorne, Peter and Lawrimore, Jay and Willett, K.M. (2012) Building trust in climate science: data products for the 21st century. Environmetrics, 23 (5). pp. 373-381. ISSN 1180-4009

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    Climate science has a key role to play in informing strategies for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. However, given the magnitude of the issues involved and their implications, it is imperative that the scientific process is–and is seen to be—rigorous, defensible, and transparent so as to ensure trust in the results. A key element in building such trust is to provide access to underlying data, so that interested parties can check published results and compare with their own analyses. A further priority is to provide data at the fine space and time scales that are relevant for user needs. Until recently, the ability to meet these requirements has been constrained by data-sharing agreements and limitations on digital storage and processing. This is now changing however, thanks to improved global collaboration, communication and computing capability. This article describes current efforts to exploit these opportunities via the International Surface Tem- perature Initiative, an international and multidisciplinary effort that aims: firstly, to create a single comprehensive global databank of surface meteorological observations at monthly, daily, and sub-daily resolutions; and secondly, to encourage the contribution of multiple independent data products, subject to common performance assessment and benchmarking criteria, thus providing the opportunity for a detailed assessment of uncertainties. The rationale for the initiative is dis- cussed, along with logistical and technical challenges, as well as opportunities for involvement from the statistical and wider scientific and user communities.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: benchmarking; climate; governance; public trust in science; transparency;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 6494
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    Depositing User: Peter Thorne
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 10:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Environmetrics
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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