CLIWOC: A climatological database for the world's oceans 1750–1854

R. García-Herrera, G. P. Können, D. A. Wheeler, M. R. Prieto, P. D. Jones, F. B. Koek

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

72 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We have compiled a meteorological database over the world's oceans by digitizing data from European ship logbooks of voyages in the period 1750-1854. The observations are carefully reviewed and transformed into quantitative data. The chief contents of the database are wind direction and wind force information, from a period without standardized scales. It is found that the information content of these so-called non-instrumental data is much higher than previously believed. The 105-year CLIWOC database extends existing meteorological world ocean databases like ICOADS back in time by a full century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalClimatic Change
Volume73
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Cite this