UK Met Office: Past weather sheds new light on climate

UK Met Office: Past weather sheds new light on climate

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13 September 2011
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A huge catalogue of old weather data, from the ships' logs of historic voyages to World War I Royal Navy records, is being used for an international project to recreate the world's past climate. 

ACRE (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over Earth) aims to recover sparse historical weather observations which are then processed to create reconstructions or 'reanalyses' of the world's climate over the last 200 years.

The reanalysis will show the state of the atmosphere at six hourly intervals to give unprecedented detail about past weather. The end product will have a huge number of potential uses - including understanding future climate

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