Objectives of the project: inventorying of hardcopy climate archives from the French Settlementsin India, stored at the French National Archives and imaging original meteorological logbooks. The French Settlements in India (Les Établissements français dans l'Inde) was a French colony comprising geographically separate enclaves on the Indian subcontinent before 1954. The French establishments included Pondichéry, Karikal, Yanaon on the Coromandel Coast, Mahé on the Malabar Coast and Chandernagor in Bengal.Regular subdaily meteorological observations started in Pondichéry in the mid-19th century. At the end of the 19th, French pharmacists or doctors made regular observations in the health services of the five French settlements Pondichéry, Karikal, Mahé, Yanaon and Chandernagor. An electronic inventory of the material has been developed (see joint file Inventory_Clim_FRAN_French-India-Settlement_1876-1931.xls). Parameters available on the original sources are listed.
Imaging of original sources have been performed: 11416 images.
Status in September 2002: Pondichéry subdaily and daily data 1876-1931 have been digitised. Catalogues of archives and images of documents are available on Météo-France web site http://archives-climat.fr
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