Seminar meeting on «ACRE: applications and potentials» by Prof. Rob Allan

The Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History and the Centre of Maritime History of the IMS/FORTH will organise, during the present academic year 2021-2022, a second annual series of seminar meetings on the «Global Economic History and the History of the Seas», using the zoom platform. We intend to re-examine the spatial and temporal framework of our collective research, in a way that can provide an optimal operational context for the adoption and use of the analytical concepts and interpretative patterns inspired by recent developments in Global History and Thalassology. Our ultimate goal is to create an academic environment with a common understanding of research priorities, fields of study and focal points that will contribute to the renovation and enlargement of the scope of Greek economic history and fully integrated it into the current debates of the international community of global economic historians.

Researchers and collaborating faculty members of the IMS/FORTH took the initiative of organizing this series of seminars but our meetings are open to all, under the constraints imposed by modern telecommunication technology. We are planning to meet monthly, usually every Monday at 16:00 (Greek time). The conferences will be given in Greek or English, according to the composition of the audience. Updated information and any additional material for our projected meetings will be freely provided by the relevant web-page of the Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History of the IMS/FORTH.

Οn Thursday 9 June 2022at 12:00 (Greece time) Prof. Rob Allan (ACRE Manager, Met Office Hadley Centre, UK) will give a conference on «ACRE: applications and potentials».

The International Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) Initiative ( oversees, undertakes, curates, and facilitates historical global surface terrestrial and marine instrumental weather data recovery, imaging, digitisation, and curation.  It ensures that these data feed into the international repositories responsible for such material, and that they provided the best quality and quantity of weather observations for assimilation into all historical and contemporary global reanalyses or reconstructions of 4D weather (e.g., The Twentieth Century Reanalysis [20CR]).

In my presentation, I will firstly outline the full nature of ACRE and its role as the prime driving force behind the ongoing international rescue of global historical surface instrumental weather observations and their enhancement of global historical reanalyses.

Then, for the bulk of the presentation, I will discuss the various applications that the ACRE-facilitated 20CR has already been used in, finishing with details of a number of potentials that I believe could be developed through the use of 20CR - on Mediterranean to global scales.

You can register in advance to seminar meeting using the following link.