Anticipating the worst under the incoming administration, a group of scientists are frantically trying to archive government climate data before President-elect Donald Trump\u0026#039;s \u0022band of climate conspiracy theorists...storm the castle,\u0022 as one put it.On Saturday, Slate meterologist Eric Holthaus posed the question: \u0022Scientists: Do you have a US.gov climate database that you don\u0026#039;t want to see disappear? Add it here,\u0022 he wrote. \u0022Please share.\u0022The response was \u0022overwhelming,\u0022 Holthaus said Sunday, \u0022We still need more input, more database names. I want to make sure no data is lost on Jan 20.\u0022Suggestions range from NASA\u0026#039;s scientific consensus on global warming, to the Environmental Protection Agency\u0026#039;s map of the nation\u0026#039;s worst greenhouse gas emitters, to NOAA\u0026#039;s documentation of sea level trends.In addition to the flood of responses, \u0022Investors offered to help fund efforts to copy and safeguard key climate data. Lawyers offered pro bono legal help. Database experts offered to help organize mountains of data and to house it with free server space,\u0022 the Washington Post reported Tuesday.With nearly 60 government climate datasets flagged for preservation, Holthaus announced Tuesday that the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) would be taking leadership of the project under its Climate #DataRefuge website.\u0022While the situation in the U.S. is uncertain, common sense dictates \u0026#039;better safe than sorry,\u0026#039;\u0022 wrote the academic collective. \u0022That is, our Canadian collaborators at the University of Toronto witnessed first-hand how having a climate denier in office impacted accessibility to climate and environmental data,\u0022 referring to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper\u0026#039;s censorship of government scientists.\u0022The precautionary principle would suggest the need for action to safeguard access to data sooner rather than later,\u0022 PPEH added.Not such a bad idea, given that Trump has appointeda \u0022band of climate conspiracy theorists\u0022 to run his transition as well as a number of environmental agencies, as Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Union of Concerned Scientists\u0026#039; Center for Science and Democracy, explained to the Post.\u0026nbsp;\u0022They have been salivating at the possibility of dismantling federal climate research programs for years. It\u0026#039;s not unreasonable to think they would want to take down the very data that they dispute,\u0022 Halpern continued. \u0022There is a fine line between being paranoid and being prepared, and scientists are doing their best to be prepared...Scientists are right to preserve data and archive websites before those who want to dismantle federal climate change research programs storm the castle.\u0022In addition to the archive, PPEH and Penn Libraries are holding a #DataRescue event in Philadelphia on January 13-14 to discuss vulnerable data, \u0022consulting with an array of scholars from fields ranging from climate modeling to arts activism...in order to identify priorities given that we cannot download the internet.\u0022Similarly, researchers at the University of Toronto are holding a \u0022Guerrilla archiving event\u0022 on Saturday, focused specifically \u0022on preserving information and data from the Environmental Protection Agency, which has programs and data at high risk of being removed from online public access or even deleted,\u0022 the organizers said.