The Service

The C3S Data Rescue Service is an online user-based system to coordinate and facilitate the rescue of weather and climate data from around the world. It provides searchable activity information and metadata on past, current, and planned data rescue projects, as well as tools to facilitate all stages of the data rescue process.

This service is a consortium led by the UK Met Office and works with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) International Data Rescue (I-DARE) and ACRE (Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth) initiatives. The service provides a registry of activity information about past, current and planned climate data rescue projects, and corresponding metadata inventories. It also provides a wide range of data rescue tools, software, and guidelines, and runs workshops. The service will provide weather and climate observations to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

The service started working in early 2019 and although not yet currently integrated in the C3S Climate Data Store, it contains a registry of activity and metadata. The service provides the technical support tools needed by users in all steps of the data rescue process; from consolidating paper archives to collecting metadata, imaging, formatting, and applying quality control to data, whilst piloting the use of new techniques and approaches to data digitisation. In addition users are supplied with best practice guidelines for all steps of the data rescue process. Capacity building workshops were hosted in 2017 and 2019 New Zealand and Argentina, bringing together consortium partners and additional participants from the surrounding regions to encourage the development of support networks for data rescue.

Three high-priority regions have been selected for data rescue work as part of the C3S Data Rescue Service. These regions are ACRE Antarctica, ACRE South Africa and ACRE Argentina. If you would like to know more about this service, please contact:


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