National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic (NOAA, USA)

National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic (NOAA, USA)

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24 October 2012
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Before there were satellites, weather data transmitters, or computer databases, there were the ship’s logs of Arctic sea voyages, where sailors dutifully recording weather observations. Now, a new crowdsourcing effort could soon make of the  weather data from these ship logs, some more than 150 years old, available to climate scientists worldwide.

NOAA, National Archives and Records Administration, Zooniverse—a citizen science web portal—and other partners are seeking volunteers to transcribe a newly digitized set of ship logs dating to 1850. 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. >> More

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