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Icebound - The Climate-Change Secrets Of 19th Century Ship's Logs

An eccentric group of citizen-scientists called Old Weather has transcribed millions of observations from long-forgotten logbooks of ships, many from the great era of Arctic exploration. As the polar regions grow ever warmer, the volunteers have amassed a rich repository of climate data in a 21st century rescue mission.

Apr 15, 2020 / 08:22 AM IST
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph at her laptop in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph at her laptop in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, sits for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, sits for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, sits for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, sits for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Old Weather volunteer Joan Arthur poses for a photograph at her home in Oxford, Britain, November 25, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 25, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Old Weather volunteer Joan Arthur poses for a photograph at her home in Oxford, Britain, November 25, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 25, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Helen Julian, a volunteer from the Old Weather group, poses for a photograph in Darlington, Britain, December 6, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Dr. Kevin Wood, a research scientist at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory – University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, stands for a portrait at the NOAA campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., December 6, 2019. Wood is the lead investigator on the Old Weather Arctic project, which uses volunteer-collected historical weather data from thousands of pages of ships' logs to help inform climate projections. Picture taken December 6, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at his laptop in his home office in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at his laptop in his home office in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph in his home office in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph in his home office in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph on his front porch Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph on his front porch Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Archive specialist Gina Perry displays Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Archive specialist Gina Perry displays Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph on his front porch in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph on his front porch in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS. REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph at Clover Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph looking over the Pacific Ocean from the Dallas Road Waterfront Trail in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
Old Weather group volunteer Michael Purves poses for a photograph looking over the Pacific Ocean from the Dallas Road Waterfront Trail in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November 13, 2019. A group of far-flung volunteers called Old Weather is painstakingly extracting data from the handwritten logbooks of 19th-century ships to help us understand how the Earth's climate is changing. Founded a decade ago, Old Weather's volunteers have accumulated an astonishing 4 million observations of weather and ice, taken mostly from the logbooks of ships plying northern or Arctic routes. Picture taken November 13, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Kevin Light
The title page of Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The title page of Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
A detail in Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The spine of Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The spine of Volume 1 of the USS Rodgers logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The title page of Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The title page of Volume 1 of the USS Jeannette logbooks is pictured at the National Archives building in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2019. Picture taken December 2, 2019. To match Special Report CLIMATE-CHANGE/ICE-SHIPLOGS REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Undated Handout photograph of 19th century whaling ship the Fleetwing. New Bedford Whaling Museum/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Undated Handout photograph of 19th century whaling ship the Fleetwing. New Bedford Whaling Museum/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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first published: Apr 15, 2020 08:22 am

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