Tashkent | Just two weeks ago, the flight of Randy McCracken and Teddy Allen touched down in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The two worked alongside Uzhydromet and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to identify the scope and potential of rescuing the country’s historical weather data. Teddy Allen is Director of Scientific Applications for The International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO) and Randy McCracken plays a key role as IEDRO’s Uzbekistan Program Manager.
Rescuing Uzbekistan’s historical weather data consists of inventorying the data, organizing it for electronic conversion, then creating digital images of each page of the records followed by digitizing the data by converting it into an electronic format for use in databases and modeling software. The purpose of rescuing Uzbekistan’s historical weather data will be to enhance the country’s capacity to better predict weather trends and respond to climate change by implementing rescued weather data.
After returning from their visit, Randy and Teddy, along with the entire IEDRO team, were very optimistic about the Uzbekistan project and are now working toward an official agreement and next steps.
— Randy D. McCracken (@nechton) October 6, 2014