Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Climatic Research Unit
Astrid E.J. Ogilvie
THE CLIMATIC RESEARCH Unit is regarded as one of the worlds leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change. It was founded in 1972 at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, by Professor Hubert Lamb (1913–97). The Unit, often known simply as CRU, was the first research center of its kind with a focus on research into climatology, in particular climatic change, and on interdisciplinary and historical research on the climate of the past. Lamb, one of the best known climatologists of his time, remained CRU's Director until 1978 when he became emeritus professor. In August 2006, the distinctive circular CRU building was named the Hubert Lamb Building. Subsequent directors of the Unit have been Tom Wigley, Trevor Davies and Jean Palutikof. The current Director is Phil Jones. Lamb was employed by the United Kingdoms Meteorological Office from 1936 onwards. In ...