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Climates and Societies - A Climatological Perspective

A Contribution on Global Change and Related Problems Prepared by the Commission on Climatology of the International Geographical Union

Editors: Yoshino, M., Domrös, M., Douguedroit, A., Paszynski, J., Nkemdirim, L.C. (Eds.)

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The impact of climate on human activities and the effect of humans on cli­ mate are two of the most important areas of inquiry in climatology. These interactions conducted through physical, chemical and biological process­ es were described as early as Roman and Greek times. Marcus Vitruvius (75-25 B. C. ), a famous Roman engineer and architect, made the following observation about the climatic conditions necessary for founding a city: Land ideal for the health is slightly elevated and there should be neither fog nor frost. The direction of the slope and the distance to the swamps, lakes, and beaches must also be considered. The prevailing wind directions, observed by a wind tower at the center of the city, like Horologium at Athens, should be taken into consideration in city planning. The main and narrow streets should be placed in the middle angle of the two prevailing wind directions. Then the location of the Pantheons and squares should be decided. The influence of humans on climate was a major subject for discussion in the 19th century, inspired in part, by the rapid industrial growth and expanding deforestation of the time. D. L. Howard wrote brilliant pieces on the climate of London in the 1830s, while G . P. Marsh discussed the effects of forests on precipitation in the U. S . A. in the second half of the 19th century.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Human Activities and Environmental Change: A Climatologist’s View

    Yoshino, Masatoshi

    Pages 3-17

  • On Relationships between Climate Variability and Change, and Societies

    Douguédroit, Annick

    Pages 21-41

  • Climate Change in Post Glacial Period in Monsoon Asia

    Zhang, Jiacheng (et al.)

    Pages 43-60

  • Approaches to Climatic Variations during the Historical Era: A Few Examples

    Serre-Bachet, Françoise

    Pages 61-76

  • Some Statistical Aspects of Observed Regional and Global Climate Change within the Instrumental Period

    Schönwiese, C.-D.

    Pages 77-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climates and Societies - A Climatological Perspective
Book Subtitle
A Contribution on Global Change and Related Problems Prepared by the Commission on Climatology of the International Geographical Union
Editors
  • M. Yoshino
  • Manfred Domrös
  • Annick Douguedroit
  • J. Paszynski
  • L.C. Nkemdirim
Series Title
GeoJournal Library
Series Volume
36
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-1055-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-1055-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4324-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4772-4
Series ISSN
0924-5499
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 408
Topics