Linden Ashcroft awarded 2018 Moran Award for History of Science Research

Edited story from AAS.
Congratulations to our own  Dr Linden Ashcroft who has been named as a joint winner of the Australian Academy of Science’s 2018 Moran Award for History of Science Research.

Linden will use the Moran Award to explore the motivations behind some of Australia's earliest weather observers. She will also continue her work with pre-1900 weather observations to uncover the Australian climate the Bureau of Meteorology was formed in 1908.

“Historic datasets are vital for understanding the natural variability of our climate and putting human-induced climate change in a long-term context,” Dr Ashcroft said.

“However numerical weather records are only half of the story. Understanding why and how weather observations were taken is a crucial part of assessing data reliability.”

With this in mind, Linden also hopes to uncover the motivations behind some of colonial New South Wales' most dedicated weather observers. Learning why they persisted in keeping regular, detailed weather readings for decades in a foreign landscape will reveal the scientific value of their data.

Linden will examine manuscript material at the State Library of New South Wales and the Sydney Observatory to better understand the dedication of 19th century 'citizen scientists'.

Full Australian Academy of Science story here.

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