ALGERNON WANTS YOU!
DATA ENTRY OF HISTORICAL WEATHER INFORMATION
We (a research group from the University of Newcastle & the University of New England) have obtained a very important set of weather journals for the property Eversleigh for the years 1877 to 1922. Our research has established that this information is the best and most complete set of weather measurements for the time period on the New England Plateau.
This information is all handwritten in tables and is 98% complete. To allow analysis, the information must be transferred
into digital spreadsheets. Scanning and recognition software do not work. The information transfer can only occur by
DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH NUMBERS?
DO YOU LOVE ACCURACY & ATTENTION TO DETAIL?
DO YOU HAVE MICROSOFT EXCEL INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER?
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING?
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
THE ANALYSIS OF THE INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT FOR THREE REASONS:
1. IT PROVIDES A “PRE-HUMAN IMPACT” ASSESSMENT OF WEATHER AND CLIMATE THAT CAN BE USED AS A BASE TO ASSESS LATER HUMAN IMAPCTS ON GLOBAL WARMING
2. IT PROVIDES IMPORTANT WEATHER INFORMATION TO HELP UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF RURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW ENGLAND AREA
3. WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION IT CAN ADD TO THE OVERALL UNDERSTANDING OF THE HISTORICAL WEATHER AND CLIMATE INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIA
CALL YOUR LOCAL ARCHIVIST
Bill Oates (University Archivist, University of New England)
Ph. (02) 6773 6565
Howard Bridgman (Conjoint Associate Professor, University of Newcastle)
Mob: 0425 281 387
Please find below links and interactions we have had regarding the meteorological records of pastoralist, meteorologist and astronomer Algernon Henry Belfield (1838-1922). We have created three blog posts regarding these climate records:
18 February 2011 Mapping Our Climate – to announce the digital deposit of the records with the University of Newcastle:
9 March 2011 Climate archive to help predict extreme weather events – Scanned Registers belonging to New England pastoralist Algernon Henry Belfield containing his observations made at Eversleigh Station from 1877-1922:
19 January 2012 – Belfield Climate Archive Expands with New Find – Announcing new find of additional volume (1908-1922) and included in above scans, to provide us with a 45 year data set of solid scientific climate records. In addition is a video of the Algernon Henry Belfield Inaugural Lecture at UNE: