(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

The lost legacy of Robert DeCourcy Ward in American geographical climatology

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ROHLI R.V. (1) ; BIERLY G.D. (1) ;
(1) Louisiana State Univ., New Orleans, ETATS-UNIS


This paper aims : (1) to elaborate on the contributions of Ward (a charter member of the Association of American Geographers) to modern geographical climatology; and (2) to examine some of his writing beyond scientific topics as likely cause for the lack of attention to his geographical work today.Ward’s work across a range of spatial scales from local thunderstorm events to sea breeze circulations to global climatic classification represented a ‘bridge’ between scholars in the meteorology and geography communities. His emphasis on the conceptual understanding of climate as a dynamic rather than static entity represented a paradigm shift for which he has not been credited. He was a true and early advocate for study of the relationship between people and the environment


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 35, no4 [pp. 547-564]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 2 fig., 1 annexe



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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