Friday, April 13, 2012


date: Wed Jul 29 15:57:32 2009
from: Phil Jones <>
subject: FW: FOI/EIR requests - Strategy - Next Steps
to: "Thorne, Peter (Climate Research)" <>

We're working on some web text here. It will have in more than Dave has said in the
attached. So don't read this yet. I'll send it down once Tim has had a look through.
The issue now is #3 in the attached - PDJ to seek retrospective permission from
the Met Office for the release of the data to Georgia Tech.
Now I know this is sort of my data. I don't know who you'd ask
or if you should anyway. What they were sent was everything 30N to 30S (roughly),
so this includes some British Islands like St Helena and some in the Pacific.
I guess I could say these are OK as they covered by WMO Res 40. It would
appear from looking at the NERC/MO agreement (see link) on the BADC site that this
doesn't seem to be being followed in the UK.
When we need it Mike will set up what you suggest - a special ftp site just
for the two of us (CRU and MOHC).

Subject: FW: FOI/EIR requests - Strategy - Next Steps
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:24:25 +0100
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From: "Palmer Dave Mr \(LIB\)" <>
To: "Colam-French Jonathan Mr \(ISD\)" <>,
"Jones Philip Prof \(ENV\)" <>,
"Ogden Annie Ms \(MAC\)" <>,
"Mcgarvie Michael Mr \(ACAD\)" <>
Further to the memo below, Jonathan sent me his summary of our approach and asked me to
comment and pass onto you.
There are a couple of 'comments' that I have inserted that I'd appreciate input on,
particularly from Phil.
Hope this helps us to move forward
Cheers, Dave
<<Next actions - summary (DP_rev).doc>>
From: Palmer Dave Mr (LIB)
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:11 PM
To: Colam-French Jonathan Mr (ISD); Jones Philip Prof (ENV); Mcgarvie Michael Mr
(ACAD); Ogden Annie Ms (MAC)
Subject: FOI/EIR requests - Strategy
Just to summarise our approach to the various requests we have received to date that we
have agreed:
A. 'Country' requests
1. Respond to Montford request as normally - cite s.21, information available
(see point 2)
2. Place any/all agreements (or links thereto - Met Office) on the CRU website
3. Acknowledge & respond to all 44? Country requests by citing s.21 and pointing
them to the CRU website
B. Data requests
1. Acknowledge requests
2. Deal with as per normal, cite Reg. 12(5)(f) re agreements and Reg. 12(4)(b)
'manifestly unreasonable' on the grounds that the data is already available publicly via
the website, and note that a format of the data (gridded) already is
publicly available
3. Note that raw data is available from the Met Office and other national
weather services (also goes to 'manifestly unreasonable')
C. McIntyre appeal
1. Maintain position regarding Reg 12(5)(f) re confidentiality agreements and
point him to published versions on website
2. Add 'manifestly unreasonable' on basis that he already has the requested
information in his possession & is also available elsewhere
3. Handle as per published protocols with initial 'informal' approach, followed
by review by JCF
D. 'Other' requests
1. Acknowledge requests
2. Deal with as usual, citing whatever section is appropriate above to the
requested information
E. General points
1. Interaction with any media to be handled by Press Office
2. Approval of transfer to Georgia Tech would be good to find
3. We are NOT citing s.14 for the 'country' requests
4. Estimated time to locate ALL agreements regarding data transfer is within the
18 hour appropriate limit
5. Any correspondence to go out will be circulated prior to transmission
I hope I have captured what was agreed - please comment if your understanding is
different than mine
Cheers, Dave
David Palmer
Information Policy & Compliance Manager
University of East Anglia
Norwich, England
Information Services
Tel: +44 (0)1603 593523
Fax: +44 (0)1603 591010

Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

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