NOAA experts Richard
Crouthamel from the National Weather Service International
Activities Office, and Tom Ross from the National Climatic
Data Center, visited Montevideo on November 15-19, 2004
to start preparations for a research project with the National
Meteorological Service of Uruguay.
While in Montevideo,
Crouthamel and Ross met with National Meteorological Service
Director Raul Michelini and his technical staff, as well
as with experts from other agencies to exchange information.
The purpose of this project is to help rescue
and preserve hydro-meteorological data that is currently
recorded on paper by transferring the data into a digital
format to make it useful for the world community.
NOAA donated two Canon A85 digital cameras,
two complete computer systems, and additional support equipment
to be used for the project.
Prior to 1997, Uruguayan climatic data was
not stored on electronic media but on paper. In addition
to being difficult to use for research purposes, paper data
is subject to deterioration from age or destruction by vermin,
mold, mildew and fire.
The Uruguayan Meteorological Service has
over 900,000 weather observations from 25 meteorological
stations throughout the country that that are in need of
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