UPDATE — The Value of Citizen Science

Written by on April 12, 2013 in Other News

This is an update of a previous post on The Value of ‘Citizen Science’. Click the link to read the original article.

A new citizen science project is helping scientists from the University of Washington uncover historic Arctic climate data. Citizen scientists are browsing digital versions of 19th century logbooks from ships that sailed from ports in the Pacific Northwest and California to explore the Arctic and chart Alaskan territories. The volunteers are transcribing data (that computers can’t decipher because it’s all hand-written) in order to help reveal past weather and climate patterns. Read more here: Volunteers use historic U.S. ship logbooks to uncover Arctic climate data.

The USS Jeannette - one of many ships from which logs are used to determine past climate in the Arctic.

The USS Jeannette – one of many ships from which logs are used to determine past climate in the Arctic. Photo credit: U.S. Navy public domain image.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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