Preserving the Scientific Record: Case Study 2 – Arctic Temperature Variability Data


This training module is part of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (or ESIP Federation's) Data Management for Scientists Short Course.  The subject of this module is “Case Study 2 – Arctic Temperature Variability Data."  The module was authored by Matthew Mayernik from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  Besides the ESIP Federation, sponsors of this Data Management for Scientists Short Course are the Data Conservancy and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In this module we are going to discuss how preserving a record of environmental change involves preserving natural artifacts as well as the measurements gathered from them, looking in particular at a case study of Arctic climate variability data.  In this case study, the data are proxy measurements not actual temperature readings.  The proxy measurements were used to produce a study of past climate variability.  These data were archived with the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and have been used as a basis for other studies. We will also discuss how data re-use requires long term archiving, and thorough documentation. 

Preserving Scientific Record: Case Study 2 from ESIPFed on Vimeo.

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Research Scientist
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Online course
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October 2012
Federation of Earth Science Information Partners
Video performed by Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich
Ruth E. Duerr
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich


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