Climatic Thought

Authors: John Harrington*, Kansas State University
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Climatology and Meteorology, History of Geography
Keywords: Climatology, history of ideas, change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom B, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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Climatology has advanced over time with the infusion of new ideas that have changed or advanced how climatic research is done and how the climate system is framed. From the earliest efforts to take scarce observations and hypothesize a whole system, scholars have analyzed, classified, and conceptualized new approaches for understanding the climate of the Earth. The goal of this presentation is to present a synthesis of major concepts related to the question: what are the big ideas in climatology? For this synthesis, big ideas are those that changed the character of climatic research. From the water budget to urban heat islands, then synoptics and indexes with teleconnections, to climatic change and climatic science, this presentation traces the changing character of climatology.

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