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Founder tribute for Hub of climatology

Wed, 23 Aug 2006

The Climatic Research Unit (CRU) building is set to be named after its founder and first director, Hubert Lamb.

Back in the 1960s, all seemed stable with the world's climate, and no-one had heard of 'global warming,' until pioneering climatologist Hubert Lamb began to establish climate change as a serious research project. Now, the building that houses his legacy, the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, is set to be named after him in his honour.

On Friday 25 August, the building that has housed CRU since 1986 will be officially named the Hubert Lamb Building. It is a fitting tribute to Lamb, who died in 1997, and was the first director of the unit from 1972 until 1978.

CRU, situated at the heart of the UEA campus, is seen as the world's leading centre for research on climate variability, including human-induced changes such as the greenhouse effect. It is now the hub of global data on climate change and it is thanks to its research that we have such a clear picture of our climate past and present.

The Climatic Research Unit aims to improve scientific understanding in three main areas: past climate and its impact on humanity, the course and causes of climate change during the present century, and prospects for future climate change.

Lamb's widow, Moira Lamb will unveil the plaque, with Hubert's son Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, in attendance.

Current director of CRU, Professor Phil Jones, said: 'Naming the Climatic Research Unit building "The Hubert Lamb Building" recognises Hubert's role in setting up CRU almost 35 years ago. Climate research has changed a lot in this time with the subject now very high up on the political agenda."