Climate and Popular Revolution

Watts Up With That?

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball

Journées Révolutionnaires à Paris : Louis XVI se réfugie à l'Assemblée - June 1792 Journées Révolutionnaires à Paris : Louis XVI se réfugie à l’Assemblée – June 1792

My major research interest in climatology is historical climate, but particularly the impact of climate and climate change on human history and the human condition. Climatology was always part of geography because it studies the climate of a region and the change over time. This was subsumed by the growth of climate science in which specialists studied individual pieces of the complex puzzle that are climate, usually without knowing where the piece fit. Geography and Climatology are integrative disciplines that are defined as chorology,

“the study of the causal relations between geographical phenomena occurring within a region.”

You can study history and geography independently, but they better sense when studied together. It is more informative to consider geography as the stage and history the play on that stage. This led to…

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