Blighty’s Met Office is calling on climate scientists all over the world to measure land surface temperatures up to several times a day allow independent scrutiny of the data.
It says that this will ensure the accuracy of climate data and refute climate skeptics’ claims that scientists have secretly manipulated climate data and suppressed negative information.
Apparently it has had some success with weather agencies from around the world agreeing to collect more precise temperature data.
The move will go some way toward answering demands by skeptics for access to the raw figures used to predict climate change.
A Met Office spokesman said that the effort will ensure that the datasets are completely robust and that all methods are transparent.
Scientists are a bit flummoxed about what to do about the negative publicity from the leaking of emails from some leading climate scientists which appears to fudge a lot of the data.
The Met Office said that any new analysis does not undermine the existing independent datasets that all reflect a warming trend.
However it said that current measurements were “fundamentally ill-conditioned to answer 21st century questions such as how extremes are changing and therefore what adaptation and mitigation decisions should be taken.”