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“Using Age-of-Sail Ships’ Logbooks to Inform Climate Science using Weather Data from the 18th and 19th Centuries”

Presented by Professor Timothy Walker (UMass-Dartmouth)

This presentation explains how historic changes in weather patterns and the earth’s climate can be evaluated using weather data contained in whaling and naval voyage logbooks. Timothy Walker’s historical research, done in collaboration with climate scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, assesses historic weather patterns in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans using unexploited caches of preserved documentation: whaling logbooks (c. 1785-1870) and Portuguese Navy logbooks archived in New Bedford, Nantucket, Lisbon, and elsewhere. Come learn how historians and climatologists working together can push the instrumental climate record back almost 300 years — and possibly further.

Bio: Dr. Timothy Walker (Hiram College, 1986), Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is a scholar of maritime history, colonial overseas expansion, and trans-oceanic slave trading. Walker is a guest investigator of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a contributing faculty member of the Munson Institute of Maritime Studies, and Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities “Landmarks in American History” workshops series for middle- and high school teachers, titled “Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad” (2011–2022).

Date

Feb 24 2024
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Time

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location

Dix Dining Hall
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