Captain Cook’s logbooks may yield climate change information

Published on October 6th, 2009 | by Admin

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Scientists are hoping that weather data from Captain Cook’s 18th century logbooks will shed some light on how climate has changed in the past 200 years.

The logbooks contain detailed records of weather in the oceans, which were updated daily or even hourly by senior officers.

There are measurements of wind speed and direction as well as temperature and pressure recordings. As time went on the measurements became more instrumented and accurate.

The logs are proving to be a vital tool for modern day climate researchers, who are using them to build up a picture of weather patterns in the world at the beginning of the industrial era.

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