EMS Webinar: Seamen records of past climate

EMS Webinar series continues. Our speaker this time will be Ricardo García Herrera: Ricardo is a Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Ricardo García Herrera will speak about

Seamen records of past climate

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 4pm (CEST)

Participation: @Zoom webinar.



Seamen have kept records of weather and sea conditions since the early times of the sailing era, even before meteorological instruments were invented. In fact, their lives depended on their ability to observe the sky and the oceans. In this presentation we will show how these testimonies were kept, how they can be converted into their modern equivalent and several examples of climate indices derived from the daily and even sub-daily data preserved in different archives.

About the speaker

Ricardo García-Herrera is currently Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid. A specialist in Climatology, his research interest includes topics as the analysis of synoptic patterns or weather and climate events. In the last twenty years he has worked with different documentary sources, with special emphasis on marine logbooks.  He is co-author of more than 200 articles in scientific journals and coordinated international and national research projects and has directed 15 doctoral theses. He was president of AEMET, the Spanish Meteorological Service.

The following webinar will be held in mid-June

  • Francisco Doblas-Reyes will speak about The operationalisation of climate projections

Recordings of the earlier webinars are available on the EMS YouTube channel:


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