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Project information

Project team

Christian Hanewinkel, Sebastian Specht, Heike Steller, Nadine Wetzel


Freiburg University, Institute for Physical Geography and University Library; Augsburg University, Institute for Geography

Duration of project


Funded by

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)

Further information

Christian Hanewinkel
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-150
Website: tambora


Historical Climatology Database Collaborative Research Environment

Historical climatology is a subdomain of climatology, whose aim it is to reconstruct the climatic trends on a historical scale using hermeneutical principles. This method is becoming more and more important for climate research. As a result of years of research work in historical climatology, there are now numerous large data collections with different regional and thematic emphases. The analysis of this valuable treasure of data is so far complicated by the following problems:

  • The data collections are scattered over many different institutions.
  • There is no standard data structure.
  • Some data collections are not yet publicly accessible.
  • Sometimes there is no concept for long-term, sustainable data storage after the completion of the compilation projects.

The aim of HISCLIDCore is to create a database-supported infrastructure enabling the integration and sustainable storage of the existing data collections, as well as the entry of new data. During the course of the project the two large databases HISKLID and Weikinn, as well as several smaller databases should be integrated into the new system tambora (the climate and environmental history collaborative research database). In addition, integrated data collections should be made citable by a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).


Steller, Heike (2013): Tambora – eine virtuelle Forschungsumgebung für die historische Klimatologie.In: Europa regional, 19.2011 (2013), 1, S. 56-60
full text

Borel, Franck / Steller, Heike (2012): Tambora – die Entstehung einer virtuellen Forschungsumgebung. In: 15, Nr. 5, S. 423-430. pdf