The 19th-Century Whaling Logbooks that Could Help Scientists Understand Climate Change

Maritime historians, climate scientists and ordinary citizens are coming together on a project to study the logbooks of 19th-century whaling ships to better understand modern-day climate change and Arctic weather patterns.

The crew of whaling ships kept meticulous daily logbooks of weather conditions during their often years-long voyages searching the globe for whales, valued for their light-giving oil, said Michael Dyer, a senior maritime historian at the New Bedford whaling museum in Massachusetts, which is supplying much of the data.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/17/the-19th-century-whaling-logbooks-that-could-help-scientists-understand-climate-change

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