Climate in the Age of Empire


Climate in the Age of Empire

Weather Observers in Colonial Canada
Victoria C. Slonosky
Copyright: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-944970-20-8
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Pages: 352
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
Edition: First
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Though efforts to understand human-caused climate change have intensified in recent decades, weather observers have been paying close attention to changes in climate for centuries.

This book offers a close look at that work as it was practiced in Canada in colonial times. Victoria C. Slonosky shows how weather observers throughout Canada, who had been trained in the scientific tradition evolving at that time in Europe, built a scientific network that spanned the Atlantic and amassed a remarkable body of detailed knowledge about Canada’s climate and its fluctuations, all rooted in firsthand observation.

Covering work by early French and British observers, including the most assiduous colonial weather observers, King’s Physician Jean-Francois Gaultier (1706–1756) and McGill Observatory founder Dr. Charles Smallwood (1812–1873), the book presents excerpts from weather diaries and other records that reveal, more than the climate itself, colonial attitudes toward it.

Victoria C. Slonosky

Victoria C. Slonosky studied climatology at McGill University and the Climatic Research Unit in the United Kingdom.