RECovery of Logbooks And International Marine data (RECLAIM) Project

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Historical ships' logbooks, some from as early as the 17th century, are now being explored as an important source of additional climatic data. US and European scientists are working together to make the images, data, and metadata available on-line.

Project aim: A cooperative international project to locate and image historical ship logbooks and related marine data and metadata from archives across the globe, and to digitize the meteorological and oceanographic observations for merger into the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS) and for utilization for climate research. The project seeks to provide expert guidance and assistance to data rescue projects, concerning national archive holdings, and the content and characteristics of their marine records, historical observational practices, and metadata.

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