Organization: The International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO) is a US-based, 501(C)(3) non-profit organization with volunteers worldwide who rescue and digitize historic weather observations throughout the world. Our efforts are supported and endorsed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the World Meteorological Organization and other international groups concerned with the preservation and digitization of this valuable data. Rescuing historic environmental data will do more to prevent humankind's suffering and death than any other endeavor. Only with accurate information about the past can we make the necessary preparations for the future. These data help to conduct climate change and global warming research, forecast disease spread, improve flood forecasts, and thousands of other vital uses.
We need a meteorologist, hydrologist, climatologist or another earth science professional who would be willing to travel to developing countries as part of a two person team to show the national meteorological service how to assemble, sort and digitally photograph their old weather observations now existing on deteriorating paper. These photos are then transferred to CD-ROMs which are sent to IEDRO Headquarters for digitization. These trips usually are of a week to ten days duration. IEDRO picks up all travel and per diem costs. All the meteorological services are members of the World Meteorological Organization and are eager to save their old data.
The process is not difficult and can be handled by anyone who has had a little experience with personal computers and inexpensive digital cameras.
We have current projects in 11 countries and expect to bring another 9 into the data rescue arena in the next 12 months.
A one or two day training session is available at IEDRO Headquarters in Deale, MD if the volunteer feels it would be helpful. Most of our volunteers gain sufficient support by free conference calls with our experienced trainers.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 25