There are many ways you can get involved in our research here at Reading, either by making discoveries through our citizen science projects or by volunteering in clinical trials.
In 2020, more than 15,000 volunteers used the start of the UK's COVID-19 lockdown period as an opportunity to join the Rainfall Rescue project led by Professor Ed Hawkins. These citizen scientists embarked on a mission to salvage British rainfall records dating back 200 years, aiming to fill the huge gap in UK digital weather records between the 1820s and 1950s by transcribing observations made long before the age of computers.
The extra detail this offers will allow scientists to better understand why certain parts of the UK are wetter or dryer than others at different times, and explore long-term trends and historical patterns.
For more information on the Rainfall Rescue project, read the full article Rainfall records provide glimpse into Britain's scientific and social history. Visit our website to discover ways to get involved with our research.