The data rescued by the IEDRO enables the meteorological and scientific communities to provide more accurate severe weather forecasting and to better understand climate change. This knowledge offers the world community the ability to more accurately predict long-range weather patterns.
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IEDRO (International Environmental Data Rescue Organization) recovers at-risk climate data from around the globe that enables meteorological and scientific communities to provide a better understanding of climate change and more accurately predict severe weather.
What We Do
IEDRO reclaims and digitizes historical environmental data from throughout the world. This vast knowledge offers the world community the ability to more accurately predict long-range weather patterns, and gives tools to meteorological professionals and others to:
- Better understand the nature and extent of global warming and climate change.
- Prevent famine and starvation.
- Provide more accurate lifesaving flood forecasts.
- Prevent the spread of airborne and insect-borne disease.
- Understand how to construct and reinforce buildings, bridges, and other public services to withstand predicted severe weather.
- Gain a clearer understanding of human history.
How we work
Through grants and donations, our staff travels the world to collect and digitally archive data that are at risk of disintegrating or being discarded, particularly in developing countries. These records have the potential to fill in large gaps in the global climate record and digitizing them ensures that the data are available to the international scientific community, as well as the host country.
IEDRO is a US-based, independent 501(C)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization created in 2005. When NOAA drastically reduced the funds available for data rescue and digitization activities, Richard Crouthamel realized that rescuing critical climate data was in peril. Richard retired from NOAA to rescue the program using private donations and federal funds. Since then, IEDRO has became a major player in the international field of environmental data rescue and digitization, working closely with the World Meteorological Organization, NOAA, and the weather services of many countries.