Last Wednesday we had a visit from the External User on our project board, Dr Ivan Haigh, from the University of Southampton. Ivan had come to give the weekly seminar at the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool – his was entitled ‘Timescales for detecting a significant acceleration in sea-level rise.’
While he was here, there was time for a brief project meeting with most of the members of the board. The board discussed the sustainability of the project, the possibility of future work and also coordination with other sea level data archaeology projects going on around the world.
Ivan highlighted the work being carried out in the USA, including the identifying of data at risk, by Dr David Jay and Dr. Stefan Talke at Portland State University.
Ivan is composing a proposal to digitise historical sea level data for Poole Harbour and is investigating various lines of funding, including looking at the possibility of Lottery funding, which would require developing links with the local community. BODC will archive, store and deliver any data generated by this future project.