Data Curation in Climate and Weather: Transforming Our Ability to Improve Predictions through Global Knowledge Sharing

Clifford A. Jacobs, Steven J. Worley

2009, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 68-79

doi:10.2218/ijdc.v4i2.94


Abstract


Climate and Weather are of increasing interest to the scientific community and the general public. Data curation and stewardship are essential building blocks in the science community’s quest to better understand how natural climate and weather systems behave and how activities of human civilization are altering the natural system. Rudimentary observations of the atmosphere and ocean have been collected for over one hundred years and proxity measurements of the climate can trace our planet’s climatic history for millions of years. These observations coupled with the rapid advances in technology, such as powerful computers, rapid access to massive amounts of data, and satellite observations, have allowed innovative techniques to be used to understand and predict the planet’s climate and weather.

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The International Journal of Digital Curation. ISSN: 1746-8256
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