When you want to do more for the environment, get online and transcribe old ship logs. According to leaders of a project called Old Weather, ship logs are packed with acute weather observations. As those ship logs get digitized, volunteers transcribe them, one page at a time, creating new data for scientists and historians to work with. Anyone can sign up to transcribe and there is a lot of work to be done. Old Weather’s partnership model has groups in Europe and North America involved, including National Archives and Records Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its latest goal is to transcribe U.S. military ship logs of Arctic voyages between 1850 and the World War II era, in order to improve understanding of past Arctic weather and gain new environmental insights.
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