IN BOX INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS Solar Radiation Data Rescue at Camaguey, Cuba BY JUA N CARLOS ANTUNA , ARAMIS FONTE, RENE ESTEVAN, BORIS BARJA, ROBERTO ACEA, AND JUA N CARLOS ANTUN A JR. lthough global-scale digitized climate informa- state-of-the-art PCs is also possible. Engaging the tion is abundant, in some countries a consider- complete research cycle is fundamenta l to Cuban Aable amount of information remains in paper science philosophy, and thus to the Camaguey Lidar records. These valuable records are at risk of being Station team, so we have also gone furthe r tha n just lost forever. Several ongoing efforts are preserving rescuing the original observations. The project also data at risk of deterioration by digitizing them into has involved developing the software for processing computer-compatible form for easy access. In a 2004 the observations, controlling quality, and improving Bulletin article, Page et al. described the following the original manual processing. mai n challenges in such data rescue projects: decay- ing paper records, missing data (because of damage TABL E I. Instrument s used a t Camague y Meteorological by imprope r storage, natura l disasters, station opera- Cente r for solar radiatio n measurements. tions suspensions,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 2008
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