International Environmental Data Rescue Org.

Cause Area

  • Computers & Technology
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Environment
  • Health & Medicine
  • International


20 Ocean StreetJonesport, ME 04649 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to find, rescue, and digitize all historical environmental data and to make those data available to the world. We assist the scientific and educational communities of mainly developing countries locate, rescue and digitize all environmental data currently at risk on perishable media and to make those digitized data freely and openly available to the world scientific and educational communities before those data are gone forever.


The International Environmental Data Rescue Organization, IEDRO, is a non-profit organization that assists the scientific and educational communities of mainly developing countries to locate, rescue and digitize all their environmental data currently at risk on perishable media and to make those digitized data freely and openly available to the world scientific and educational communities before those data are lost forever.

After the US Government ceased its support to rescue and digitize these critical historic weather records, IEDRO continued the scientifically critical work as a separate non-profit endeavor using private funds mainly from charitable foundations and individuals helping us gather data to give researchers a better understanding of climate change and global warming, to help prevent starvation, improve flood and mud slide forecasts, to forecast the spread of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever.

Our activities include the discovery, rescue and digitization of foreign environmental data, mainly meteorological (weather) observations, now residing on paper, microfilm and microfiche and magnetic tapes.

We support scientific research and operations in meteorology, hydrology, climatology with additional support to the fields of agriculture, ornithology, oceanography, disease control, rural development, transportation, construction, disaster preparedness and especially climate change and global warming throughout the world.


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by josh w. (August 28, 2012)
I tried starting my own non-profit over a year ago and after meeting and speaking with management at IEDRO I agreed to merge with them. Their goals and my own meshed perfectly and it was an ideal union. I do not regret that decision at all. I believe the ideals upon which IEDRO is based will benefit all humanity and it is something in which I'm very excited to participate. I have nothing but glowing things to say about management and they are always open to new ideas and what anyone has to say. Everyone's voice is heard regardless of their position. You will not regret joining us in our goals to help humanity.
by Jean-Paul M. (August 28, 2012)
I have been with organization since the beginning. In certain periods I have worked more then others but even when I am working minimally I am kept in the loop and my opinions and ideas are seriously considered. I have enjoyed working with them and their cause is more meaningful in more fields then most people realize and very few other organizations are working towards these goals.
by Aura L. from NC (January 17, 2012)
IEDRO does wonderful work globally to ensure that scientists have access to data that can help save lives. As a volunteer, I have helped translate and edit newsletters for a few years now. Pennell Paugh is wonderful to work with, as well as the other volunteers and org members. Definitely recommend working with IEDRO!
by Silvana S. (November 7, 2010)
It is excellent working with Pennell Paugh she is always keeping everyone posted with e-mails, she also makes it very clear when assigning tasks, making sure we know the due dates and all other expectations.
by Julia S. (March 26, 2010)
IEDRO provides a service with long lasting, wide ranging benefit to people throughout the world. In one case, the data collected, preserved, and made available over the web by IEDRO is used to sagely direct scarce malaria prevention and outbreak fighting resources based on historical weather predictions. This greatly improves quality of life and allows scant resources to be used most effectively. Volunteers get great bang- for-the-buck when they see their work directly helping lives. I have only recently started volunteering, but I have known the Director, Rick Crouthemal, for several years. From a volunteer^s perspective, he is an excellent person to work for - gifted, technically savvy, good sense of humor, happy to teach, and dedicated to the project. He also knows that the volunteers have jobs and families (grin). One of the many perks of this volunteer spot is travel opportunities. Also, please spread the word, we want weather data to store.
by George J. from Altamont, NY (June 4, 2008)
My first contact was in December 2007 when I volunteered to do their contacts database. As I became more familiar with the organization, and their Executive Director Dr. Richard Crouthamel, I became more involved in the organization and have taken on more functions, including being their webmaster. I will continue being an active volunteer with them.

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