The Legacy of “Climategate:” Undermining or Revitalizing Climate Science and Policy?

Jun 30, 2012 | All Categories, Journal Articles

In mid-November 2009, emails were removed without authorization from a University of East Anglia server and posted to the internet; within 24 hours an international scandal was born—alleging fraud by leading climate scientists—which almost immediately became known as climategate. Multiple investigations concluded that no fraud or scientific misconduct had occurred. Despite the exonerations, however, the email controversy has had impacts, both negative and positive. Although it is too soon to gauge the lasting legacy of the controversy, if the climate science community takes it as an opportunity to improve its already high standards of scientific conduct—as well as improve its less well-developed approach to public engagement—the long-term prognosis is good. Download the Article Here.