Historic Media Coverage of Meteorology in Europe

World Meteorological Day 2013 Exhibition

EUscreenXL has teamed up with The World Meteorology Organization (WMO) to create a web-based exhibition of meteorology-related paintings, photographs, video and media coverage (see www.wmo.int/media/content/european-gallery).

In order to fulfill its mission the World Meteorological Organisation engages in initiatives which help people better understand how global climate change may affect their country or community. Here it gave home to the unique archival collection.

As EUscreenXL, it is our aim to provide online access to archival material covering the social, cultural, political, environmental and economic events that have shaped the continent. Archives offer a key to comprehending the past and understanding certain phenomena, processes and behaviors – both of people and nature. For example, atmospheric scientists study archival data of past weather and climate events in order to gain insight into the behavior of Earth’s natural elements so that they can create models to forecast future weather and climate events. Thanks to such forecasts, the losses of life and property related to natural hazards can be limited.

The exhibition showcases carefully selected videos, stills and documents searchable, among others, on EUscreen, Europeana and Open Images that tackle the essential and captivating topics of climate and weather as well as the resulting effects on people and impacts on the environment. Placed along a timeline, they document how artists and photographers have captured weather and climate events. More recent material covers broadcasts of some of Europe’s most devastating meteorological events.

The initiative was coordinated by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision with engagement from Deutsche Welle, Danish Broadcasting Corporation and National Audiovisual Institute in Poland.

Read more about our collaboration with WMO in this excellent article about Europe’s Meteorlogical Past!

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