What New England Whaling Logbooks Can Tell Us About Climate

July 16th - Know Your Ocean Science Chats
Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer, Associate Scientist, Department of Physical Oceanography (WHOI photo)

From Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:

On Tuesday, July 16, learn how historians and oceanographers are working together to assess historic changes in climate and weather patterns. American whaling logbooks of voyages to the Indian Ocean (c. 1785-1910) contain records of atmospheric conditions such as wind strength and direction, storms, precipitation, air temperature, andpressure. By examining these archival documents, researchers hope to learn how the weather of the Indian Ocean developed during the past 230 years with an aim to address contemporary climate concerns, such as changes in the monsoons, expansion of the subtropical dry zones, and poleward shift of the Southern Hemisphere westerlies. Such trends have large societal implications in surrounding countries vulnerable to floods and droughts. Presents Caroline Ummenhofer, Associate Scientist, Department of Physical Oceanography, and Timothy D. Walker, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Sponsored by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at 15 School St, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Contact us at [email protected] or 508-289-2252 and visit us at https://www.whoi.edu/who-we-are/visit-whoi/events-happenings/.

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