Monday, 24 November 2014

Geographers, Stats-men and Sages: Approaches to climatology in post-war Britain

Climate in meteorology, meteorology in climate studies
Workshop at the University of Bergen, 20-21 November 2014

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a small workshop on the history of climatology and climate studies at the University of Bergen. Featuring historians, science studies scholars, and representatives from the Norwegian weather service the workshop was hosted in the university's Geophysical Institute, the home of the Bergen School of meteorology that was responsible for the development of so many foundational concepts of modern meteorology and climatology.

In my paper I attempted to give an overview of the various activities in post-war Britain that were understood as climatological study, a tall order to pack into 20 minutes. Below is a recording and the accompanying slides of my paper, which features amongst others Professors Gordon Manley and Hubert Lamb, and the long-range "forecasters" the Bartlett Brothers. I'm hoping to develop the research featured in this paper further, so please leave any comments, feedback or questions in the box below.

I would just like to finish by thanking all of the organisers who made the workshop such a great success, both academically and logistically, and also the International Commission for the History of Meteorology for their generous travel grant that allowed me to attend the workshop.

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