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    Ireland’s pre‐1940 daily rainfall records

    Ryan, Ciara and Murphy, Conor and McGovern, Rhonda and Curley, Mary and Walsh, Séamus (2021) Ireland’s pre‐1940 daily rainfall records. Geoscience Data Journal, 8 (1). pp. 11-23. ISSN 2049-6060

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    This article presents daily rainfall data and metadata for Ireland transcribed from historical manuscript and printed copies of rainfall registers located in Met Éireann's archives. To facilitate the transcription of rainfall observations from paper records, the historical manuscripts were scanned and integrated into Met Éireann's digital archives. The transcription from digital image to data format was undertaken in collaboration with students at Maynooth University as part of a novel crowdsourcing initiative to integrate data rescue activities into the classroom. In total, 3,616 station years of rainfall data (~1.32 million daily values) were transcribed. The data, which was double keyed, have undergone basic quality assurance to check for transcription errors and the resultant raw data and associated metadata are presented here. Ongoing work involves the application of further quality assurance and homogenization techniques to develop a long-term, quality assured daily rainfall network for Ireland.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Ryan, C, Murphy, C, McGovern, R, Curley, M, Walsh, S; 476 students. Ireland’s pre-1940 daily rainfall records. Geosci Data J. 2021; 8: 11– 23.
    Keywords: data rescue; historical data; Ireland; precipitation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 15861
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    Depositing User: Conor Murphy
    Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 10:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Geoscience Data Journal
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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