Tools & Technology used for DARE

Computations

 
R-Climdex: routines for computation of extreme climate indices
  - R-Climdex used by ETCDDI (Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices)
  - R-Climdex used by PCIC (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium)
 
E-learning material on "Weather Reconstruction", related to data rescue, processing, QC, reanalysis, downscaling and application, developed by the team of Stefan Brönnimann (University Bern), see http://ilublx1.unibe.ch/
 
Imaging
 
 
Brochure for the Vanguard Scanner used by Bureau of Meteorology  scanning historical records.
 
FileRenamer: computer software to rename the imaged files from a camera generated name to a name that reflects the content of the image file and to archive multiple files into directories on a PC (minimal cost for an annual license).
 
 
Rescuing obsolete digital sources (tapes, diskettes)
 
Reading and converting obsolete data
  - www.georgeblood.com (audio, video, film media)
  - Peer Hechler, WMO; e-mail: phechler@wmo.int (magnetic tapes, old diskettes)
 
Data restoration from old electronic media
An expert to advise on and assist in data restoration from old electronic media is Chris Muller, email archive.raider@gmail.com
 
Strip Chart Digitization
 
 
Weather Wizards, a digitization program developed for IEDRO for chart digitization.
 
Weather Wizards video clip, an explanation of the IEDRO strip chart digitization program.
 
Text extraction
 
Optical Character Recognition, free online: https://www.free-ocr.com/
 
 
 
 
pdftools The pdftools package allows for extracting text and metadata from pdf files in R.
 

Request for historical weather data to try pattern recogition methods, by the Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis Research Lab, University of Salford, UK

Justin Hayes, Data Modelling Lead, wrote on 27 September 2019:
‘Over the past four years we’ve been developing methods to recover, integrate and transform large volumes of historical data from printed tables and forms into structured and operable digital data. We've recently completed a project with the UK Office for National Statistics in which we created a digital version of previously unpublished small area statistics from the UK 1961 Census containing over 15 million values recovered from 140,000 digital images of paper printouts. ONS are due to release this data around the end of 2019. We're now looking to try our methods on other interesting and, ideally, socially beneficial historical data. Historical data on weather/climate seems like a good candidate. Is there someone who I could be put in touch with about this idea?’

For more information please contact Justin Hayes, J.Hayes1@salford.ac.uk

 
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