Environmental Research Letters — accompanying data published free

UK Environmental journal allows authors to publish raw data files alongside their articles – 22 Feb 2010

"Non-profit scientific publisher Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, UK, has announced that its open access journal, Environmental Research Letters, now provides authors with the ability to publish raw data files alongside their article, for free.

Yu Song et al. from Peking University, China, are the first authors to take advantage of this newly available option. In their paper, ‘A new emission inventory for nonagricultural open fires in Asia from 2000 to 2009’ the authors combine MODIS burned product (MCD45A1) with other data to produce a comprehensive dataset. The dataset presented in this work is being made available to download for free as supplementary material to the article and is available at http://www.iop.org/EJ/mmedia/1748-9326/5/1/014014/.

Environmental Research Letters seeks to provide a coherent and integrated approach including research articles, perspectives, news and editorials, as well as meeting notices for the environmental science community. The journal now offers all authors the option to publish their raw data as supplementary data material alongside their article, if they wish to."

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The Institute of Physics on the science behind climate change

UK Institute of Physics publishes briefing note on climate change – 08 Dec 2009

“The Institute of Physics (IOP) has published a physics briefing note to help understand the science behind climate change as several world leaders have gathered in Copenhagen to discuss environmental issues.

Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the IOP, has expressed hope that world leaders will appreciate the major contribution science can make to our understanding of all aspects of global change, including climate change. Science can improve our predictions of what might happen; physics can provide critical, objective analysis of new schemes. Physics along with technology can develop new and more efficient energy sources, and find ways of minimising waste (of all kinds).

Prof. Burnell further states that climate models are the best tools available for understanding changes in climate, and from these models it seems we are entering an unprecedentedly difficult period for the human race. Science can diagnose the problem and it can work to remedy it, but it can do neither without support from world leaders.

These comments accompany the publication of a briefing note from IOP which summarises advances in human understanding of the climate and the work being done to create a low-carbon energy infrastructure. It includes comment from some of the UK’s leading climate experts.

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