Rob Allen has proposed that IEDRO and Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) partner for the rescue of data at Mauritius, an island off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Rick and Rob hope to meet when they both attend the World Meteorology Organization meeting in Geneva.
The Mauritius project would involve recovering, imaging, digitizing, archiving and preserving of old weather observations extracted from ship logbooks in 188 volumes of Charles Meldrum’s ‘anemological’ journals from 1853 to 1914 and terrestrial weather observations. The books include data from Colonel Lloyd’s Colonial Observatory at Port Louis from the late 18th to the early years of the 20th century which is held by the Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS). Additionally, there are many microfiche films containing data prior to 1830 that are in poor condition. Hopefully funding can be found to have microfiche experts rescue some of those rare data.