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Lorraine Daston

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226432229

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226432533.001.0001

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Montage and Metamorphosis: Climatological Data Archiving and the US National Climate Program

Montage and Metamorphosis: Climatological Data Archiving and the US National Climate Program

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Science in the Archives

Vladimir Janković

University of Chicago Press

Within a decade following the US Congress decision to pass the National Climate Program Act in 1978, the National Research Council published a series of reports on the state of climate research and institutional infrastructure intended for acquisition and management of climate data, products and services. The sense of urgency and the significance given to climate monitoring led to a series of high-level meetings aimed to address, among other issues, the adequacy of existing practices of data management and climate archiving. This chapter explores the methodological, institutional and economic dimensions of climatological data archiving argued in these meetings. It looks into the elements of the cognitive politics associated with the notion of climatological archiving in the context of the National Climate Program’s objective to provide robust climate products for outside use and the society at large. Deliberations on these issues informed the conceptualization of the climate archive as a working world combining methodological protocols, institutional politics, environmental research and the complexities arising from the materiality of archival metabolism. How did these processes affect the purpose, practice and status of modern climatological archiving and archiving more generally?

Keywords:   climatology, climate data, environmental policy, climate change, archiving

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