There’s an interesting Sky News blog post here discussing the future of the Met Office and its climate data:
But from the Treasury’s perspective, it must be encouraging that there is a willingness to think radically about t the ways in which publicly-owned assets such as data and real estate might be reorganised to generate returns for taxpayers.
This is a bit worrying from a climate perspective for a couple of reasons:
1) after the UEA CRU email episode this does not seem like the way forward for data openness.
2) the Met Office, and particularly its climate research wing the Hadley Centre, are real world leaders. I can’t see how “part privatisation” would not jepodise that position.