A sum of £350,000 - £200,000 in 2007/8 and £150,000 in 2008/9 - has been obtained to image and digitise daily to sub-daily meteorological observations from collections of ship logbooks held in UK repositories. Expenditure will come from the climate research subcontract budget within the Defra/MoD funded Integrated Climate Program of the Met Office Hadley Centre in the UK.
ACRE will oversee this project, which focuses on extracting, imaging and digitising of daily to sub-daily meteorological observations from the following collections:
Ship Logbook Collections
Ship Remarks Books
Expeditions, travels, circumnavigations and ships of exploration
A small, on-going initiative was also undertaken to digitise various marine and some terrestrial weather data from books, journals, ship logbooks and reports that had been scanned and made generally available on the WWW:
Due to the specialist nature of all of this work, it involves close cooperation between ACRE, the Met Office Hadley Centre, the British Library, the UK National Archives, the Climate Data Modernization Program (CDMP) in the US, and Sunderland University in the UK .
The data obtained by this imaging and digitisation initiative will:
These actions will improve our current observational evaluations of climate variability and change, and vital if we are to produce new, long historical climate quality reanalyses for customers and commercial user needs and their model inputs.
CoRRaL: UK Colonial registers and Royal Naval Logbooks
This is a Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Digitisation Programme: Enriching Digital Resources funded project (UK Colonial registers and Royal Naval Logbooks: Making the past available for the future) commencing in October 2008. It will image and digitise daily logbooks of ships on voyages of discovery (1700-1850: ADM-55 at The National Archives), and attached to the Hydrographic Survey (1830-1850: held at The National Archives) plus UK colonial meteorological registers, journals and gazettes (1700:1920: held at The National Archives and the Met Office Archives).
CoRRaL Meeting 1 minutes.doc CoRRaL_Meeting 2 minutes.doc CoRRaL Meeting 3 Minutes.doc CoRRaL Meeting 4 Minutes.doc CoRRaL Meeting 5 Minutes.doc
Report on May 2010 visit
ACRE is managed by Rob Allan