The Climate History Australia project, hosted at the Australian National University, is looking for volunteers to help create Australia’s longest daily weather record from a globally recognised climate change ‘hot spot’.

The citizen science project will help scientists reconstruct Perth’s daily weather from 1830 to the present day. These historical records are critical for understanding Australia’s pre-industrial climate, and how climate change has impacted extreme weather events.

The researchers have already published Perth’s oldest weather records from 1830 to 1875, using 16 handwritten weather journals from the Swan River colonial settlement. This new effort is to close the gap between 1875 and the commencement of the Bureau of Meteorology’s daily records in 1897.

More details, especially on how to contribute to the transcription efforts, can be found at the Climate History Australia website.

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