NOAA seeks to add historical data to Arctic climate record
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Weather and history enthusiasts listen up — federal scientists are looking for volunteers to transcribe a newly digitized set of ship logs dating to 1850, a treasure trove of historical data that could help today’s climate researchers paint a more complete pictire of long-term changes.
The ship logs, preserved by NARA, are from U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter voyages in the Arctic between 1850 and the World War II era. They include detailed and frequent weather observations.
“We hope to unlock millions of weather, sea ice and other environmental observations which are recorded in these documents,” said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. “These observations represent one of the largest and most underutilized collections of meteorological and marine environmental data in existence. Once converted into digital formats, new analyses of these data will help provide new insights.” Continue reading “Climate: Citizen scientists to help transcribe historic ship’s logs”