A groundbreaking citizen science project, led by SEARCH project partners the UK Met Office, has attracted thousands of volunteers and made international headlines.
Old Weather is an online volunteer project aiming to digitise ship logs from WWI Royal Navy vessels, in order to gain a clearer picture of worldwide weather events at the time. The project team recently launched their website, as part of the popular citizen science community Zooniverse.
Old Weather allows volunteers to select a particular WWI vessel they would like to follow.
They will then digitise the ship’s logs, which include meteorological data and observations from the crew. Top contributors to the Old Weather site are given the status of Captain or Lieutenant on their chosen ship.
The Old Weather site has already attracted over 7000 volunteers, who have digitised more than 170,000 pages of data.
The Old Weather project has been profiled by leading international media: