The University of East Anglia's climate research unit has appointed Muir Russell to lead an investigation into emails hackers stole and published from them.
The university said the inquiry would look at four key allegations including examining whether the leaked exchanges between climate scientists demonstrated any manipulation or suppression of data. The review will also look at the CRU's approach to assembling and presenting research findings, assess whether the department complied with freedom of information requests and investigate the security of data held by the university.
The UEA's vice-chancellor, Professor Edward Acton, said: "The reputation and integrity of UEA is of the utmost importance to us all. We want these allegations about CRU to be examined fully and independently. That is why I am delighted that Sir Muir has agreed to lead the independent review and he will have my and the rest of the university's full support."
It is a little suspect when an 'independent' review is fully funded by the instigators and one of the panel has been forced to resign only hours after the launch.
Well done to Bishop Hill for excellent research (remember to check the updates). Will this review provide a balanced report? Being a cynic I think not. Sir Muir Russell insisted yesterday that his work would be completely independent from the university, even although they are paying the bill.
'He who pays the piper calls the tune' springs to mind along with the question of who is funding this. Universities are funded from the public purse and research institutions. Take your pick.