World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched the Indian Ocean Data Rescue Initiative (INDARE) in order to accelerate recovering of climate records and to improve the quality of climate datasets from Indian Ocean area.
In 2017, following the request from WMO, Météo-France developed a Data Rescue implementation plan for the recovery of climate records from Madagascar, involving both meteorological service of Madagascar(DGM) and Météo-France.
A first work of searching and analysing led to recovering, sorting and cataloguing the digital publications available on line, containing historical meteorological observations for Madagascar, Mayotte and Comores over the period 1889-1960.
Catalogue of publications available in the file: METFR_Publications_meteo_obs_Madagascar.pdf
In 2017, in a framework of a partnership between Météo-France and the French National Archives (Archives nationales),
33 boxes of climate hard-copy archives related to West Indian Ocean over the period 1864-1961, originating from the historical Collection of the French meteorological services, have been made available to Météo-France.
Météo-France quickly started several tasks like preserving, restoring, inventorying and then imaging
of monthly reports of 26 meteorological stations over the period 1947-1961.
Master image inventory in the file:
Objectives of the project : inventorying of hardcopy archives, imaging of selection of documents (pre-1918 records and monthly climate reports 1947-1961), sharing ressources with other meteorological servicesand with international projects. Digitisation of French data (Le Réunion, Mayotte, Europa, Tromelin).
Digitisation of data was set up in 2018: Two daily precipitation series in La Réunion 1900-1931
The project will continue in 2019
Inventory of monthly climate reports and daily reports
Imaging of monthly climate reports and a selection of daily reports
Météo-France provides the master image inventory on I-DARE portal
Météo-France will give the inventory to the global registry
Météo-France will digitise the data from Mayotte, Europa island, Tromelin Island.