New York, December 5 -- Contradicting the assertions made by global warming skeptics, the Met Office (MO) is anticipating publishing raw data, which clearly states that humans are responsible for global warming.
The move comes after the much heated controversy over the temperature figures provided by climate change researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia.
MO works in collaboration with CRU to calculate global average temperatures each month. Their findings were included in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report in 2007.
The MO has written to 188 countries requesting their consent to publish the raw data to prove that global warming is manmade.
The data, if published, would consist of reports from more than 1000 weather stations around the world, dating back to more than 160 years, a sufficiently long period to draw conclusion that climate change is real.
Researchers claim accuracy
Claiming the accuracy of the data, Peter Stott, climate monitoring expert, MO, stated that there are other centers like Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a part of NASA and National Climatic Data Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that calculate global average temperatures each month.
Despite working independently and using different methods to record data, there has been a definite agreement in their findings over the decades.
The findings highlight that temperatures have increased over the years, more rapidly since 1970s.
Further, each observation station offers international standards set out by the World Meteorological Organization to ensure the temperatures recorded are accurate.
Since a large amount of information is collected, errors do creep in. All efforts are made to remove all uncertainties, and even if some remain, they are factored in while calculating temperatures.
“The temperature ranges, the global warming observed over the past century far outstrips the uncertainties”, claims Stott.
IPCC to probe issue nonetheless
Despite the assertions being made by climate change researchers, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced a probe into the issue, which has raised questions about the authenticity of the data provided by the scientist at CRU.
Rajendra Pachauri, head of IPCC, was quoted by BCC News as saying, “We certainly don't want to brush anything under the carpet.”
Meanwhile, the Congress is already investigating the e-mail controversy to find out the following:
• Did scientists fake data to fit their theory that humans are responsible for global warming?
• How has the data impacted findings on climate change?
• How did the hacking take place?