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International Workshop on Rescuing Climate Heritage of Indian Ocean Countries

IEDRO will be a key participant in the upcoming 2014 workshop,  International Workshop on Rescuing Climate Heritage of Indian Ocean Countries (PDF). Other key participating organizations include:

  • ACRE (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth)
  • WMO (World Meteorological Organisation)
  • ETCCDI (Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices)
  • ICA&D (International Climate Assessment & Data Set and Data Rescue)
  • ISTI (International Surface Temperature Initiative)
  • ICOADS (International Comprehensive Ocean – Atmosphere Data Set)
  • SASSCAL (Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use)
  • GFCS (Global Framework for Climate Services)


The aims and objectives of the workshop are:

  • To inform WMO Permanent Representatives and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) about major regional and international data rescue activities and the vast potential to recover more historical weather observations from both terrestrial and marine sources around and across the Indian Ocean basin. Major holdings of historical weather observations in hard copy form exist in various NMHS holdings in the region, and need to be recovered, imaged and digitised before they deteriorate beyond use. The majority of this material has never gone into existing international digital databases, and is thus vital to the development of robust, high quality and high resolution databases for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
  • To provide a forum for NMHS attendees from across the Indian Ocean region to detail what they know of historical weather data held by them or any other bodies in their countries
  • To hold training sessions for NMHS attendees, in which various data inventory, scanning/imaging and digitisation plus homogenisation approaches and indices will be addressed by international experts from projects/initiatives such as ACRE, IEDRO, ISTI, the CCl/CLIVAR/JCOMM ETCCDI team, ICOADS/RECLAIM, the UK National Archives, and similar bodies.
  • To contribute new Indian Ocean data to international efforts aimed at vastly enhancing and improving the quality and quantity of historical terrestrial and marine weather observations held in the recognised international repositories. These data feed the needs of climate model output testing, better understanding of climate drivers, the GFCS and the evaluation and the construction of longer historical reanalyses (reconstructions) of global 3D weather variables throughout the depth of the atmosphere. Such reanalysis outputs, can be statistically or dynamically downscaled for the full range of user needs for longer, higher resolution databases of global, regional or local weather variables for climate, climatic variability and climate change assessments and evaluations of risks, impacts and extremes. Thus, it will provide a vital basis for the GFCS, and the genesis of a long term work plan for data rescue in and across the region

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