COI Funded Project: Creation of a Digital Database for US East Coast Lightship Oceanic and Atmospheric Records


Project Duration: 6/1/97-5/31/99
Key Words: Western North Atlantic, historic database, meterology

Proposal Abstract

Much historic data exists that has been produced for specific projects or monitoring purposes. Often, these old data may not be used to address modern questions because the measurement technology or the data handling and storage makes the data incompatible with todays needs. However, historic data is often the only way that coastal scientists can get a glimpse of past history of coastal processes. This project seeks to transfer historic lightship data from existing hard-copy data reports to a digital database. It is anticipated that once created and checked for quality, this valuable database will be of practical use to a number of WHOI scientists working on research projects ranging from shelf circulation studies to climatological and ecological reconstructions.