“Crowdsourcing Environmental data: The Old Weather citizen-science project”

*Old Weather – Arctic: large-scale environmental data rescue through
crowdsourcing*

Dr. Kevin Wood – Research Scientist, Joint Institute for the Study of
Atmosphere and Ocean &

Arctic lead investigator, U.S. Old Weather

When: Wednesday, April 10 4:30-5:30pm

Where: University of Washington, PAA A110 (map)
http://www.washington.edu/maps/?paa

*Talk Summary:*

A vast reservoir of new-to-science environmental data is contained in
historical ship logbooks and other original documents that have been
preserved for generations by the U.S.National Archives and other
repositories around the world, but these data are technically
inaccessible. The Old Weather citizen-science project is recovering
millions of thesehand-written observations, converting them into digital
format, and integrating them into large-scale data sets where they are
used for new research. This data is needed forscientists to better
understand longer-term environmental variations in the Arctic and around
the world, and is vital to our efforts to model and predict future
change and itshuman impact. Old Weather citizen-scientists also make
enormous contributions in other areas from maritime history to plasma
physics.

*Speaker Bio: *

Kevin Wood, U.S. Old Weather – Arctic lead investigator, is a climate
scientist at the NOAA – University of Washington Joint Institute for
the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO). Before coming to UW he
sailed the world’s oceans for 25 years aboard traditionally-rigged
sailing vessels. His interest in historical climatology stems from
thisexperience on these ships, much like those used by 19th century
explorers, and from working on research vessels in the ice-covered seas
of the Arctic and Antarctic. He holds a license as master of steam and
sailing vessels and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department
of Earth and Space Sciences.

Try it out yourself at www.oldweather.org <http://www.oldweather.org>

To read more about Old Weather, see the UW News article here.
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*FOSEP is an interdisciplinary student-led organization that fosters the
development of citizen-scientists who can participate effectively in
civic dialogue about science and policy through seminars, discussion
groups, public forums and social media. We are supported by the UW
Graduate School, UW Office of Research, and the Molecular Cell
Biology Graduate Program.**

-Bish
on behalf of FOSEP leaders
leaders <mailto:leaders>

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