Surfer goes on a weather data safari

Teddy Allen is taking his motorcycle on a 10,000-kilometer data safari across southern Africa to help scientists understand climate change. His “prey” are paper strips of weather records going back more than a century that are moldering in meteorological stations across the subcontinent. Once digitized, the information could improve the accuracy of current climate models. A surfer and graduate student at the University of Miami, Allen works as a volunteer for the International Environmental Data Rescue Organization, the efforts of which are described in The Atlantic.

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