Why Rescue Old Data?
Our understanding of global warming and climate change is incomplete. To fully comprehend the global environmental challenges we face, we need to collect and analyze as much raw data as possible. Many countries of the world are establishing a Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) composed of new observation sites to closely monitor weather trends over the next century. Indeed, it takes about 100 years’ worth of data to be able to make accurate predictions and to see clearly what actions can and should be taken. If we only start collecting that data today, 100 years from now when our data is finally complete enough, we may find that it is too late to take the corrective actions necessary to stem the trend towards extreme climate throughout the world.
Old Is Better
There is a quicker, cheaper solution: locate, organize, and rescue historic weather data. For a fraction of the cost and the time being expended on CGOS, we could rescue each piece of old environmental information, digitize it, and place it on a secure medium for everyone’s use. Questions about climate change could be answered quickly; hopefully in time for mankind to take corrective measures. The data rescued by IEDRO enables the meteorological and scientific communities to provide more accurate severe weather forecasting and to better understand climate change. This information enables the world community to predict long-range weather patterns more accurately and thereby helps meteorological professionals to:
- Better understand the nature and extent of global warming and climate change, as well as the rate at which our climate is changing.
- Prevent the spread of airborne and insect-borne disease.
- Provide more accurate flood forecasts to save lives.
- Prevent famine and starvation.
- Construct and reinforce buildings, bridges, and public services to withstand predicted severe weather.
- Gain a clearer understanding of human history.