Ship logbooks help analyze pre-instrumental climate


Contact
info [ at ] pangaea.de

Abstract

The Climatological Database for the Worlds Oceans: 17501854 (CLIWOC) project, which concluded in 2004, abstracted more than 280,000 daily weather observations from ships logbooks from British, Dutch, French, and Spanish naval vessels engaged in imperial business in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.These data, now compiled into a database, provide valuable information for the reconstruction of oceanic wind field patterns for this key period that precedes the time in which anthropogenic influences on climate became evident. These reconstructions, in turn, provide evidence for such phenomena as the El NiñoSouthern Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation. Of equal importance is the finding that the CLIWOC databasethe first coordinated attempt to harness the scientific potential of this resource [García-Herrera et al., 2005]represents less than 10 percent of the volume of data currently known to reside in this important but hitherto neglected source.



Item Type
Article
Authors
Divisions
Programs
Peer revision
Not peer-reviewed
Publication Status
Published
Eprint ID
17061
DOI 10.1029/2006EO180002

Cite as
García-Herrera, R. , Können, G. P. , Wheeler, D. A. , Prieto, M. R. , Jones, P. D. and Koek, F. B. (2006): Ship logbooks help analyze pre-instrumental climate , EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 87 (18) . doi: 10.1029/2006EO180002


Download
[img] PDF (Fulltext)
Gar2006c.pdf

Download (237kB)
Cite this document as:

Share


Citation

Research Platforms
N/A

Campaigns


Actions
Edit Item Edit Item