How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict and Dramatize Weather New edition
By (author) Mark S. Monmonier
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Air Apparent by Mark S. Monmonier
Book DescriptionEvery night across the country, viewers tune in to their evening news to glimpse the next day's weather. They are treated to graphic images of invading air masses, colliding fronts, and growing tropical storms. This book is the story of this tool, the weather map, which in its many forms has made the atmosphere visible, understandable, and at least moderately predictable. No other maps are so spontaneously timely, so widely and frequently consulted, and so central to the daily activities of so many. The singular history of the weather map developed around the twin poles of weather's many facets and the public's varied needs. Mark Monmonier traces the contentious debates among scientists eager to unravel the enigma of storms and global change, explains the strategies for mapping the upper atmosphere and forecasting disaster, and exposes the efforts to detect and control air pollution. He introduces Karl Theodor, a Bavarian politician who devised one of the first weather-tracking networks in the late-18th century, and Heinrich Wilhelm Brandes, who drew the first maps of European weather in 1819 - for the year of 1783. Monmonier also explores the interaction between technology - from the telegraph to the Internet - and weather forecasting.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226534237
(215mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mark S. Monmonier
Rhumb Lines and Map Wars, Hardback (October 2004)
An account of the controversies surrounding Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator's legacy examines the limitations and uses of Mercator's clever method of portraying the earth on a flat surface while taking into account the earth's actual roundness.
Spying with Maps, Paperback (April 2004)
In Spying with Maps, the "mapmatician" Mark Monmonier looks at the increased use of geographic data, satellite imagery, and location tracking across a wide range of fields such as military intelligence, law enforcement, market research, and traffic engineering.
Maps with the News, Paperback (July 1999)
An assessment of the role of cartography in American journalism. The text traces the use of maps in American news reporting from the 18th century to the 1980s, and explores why and how journalistic maps have achieved such importance.
Cartographies of Danger, Paperback (September 1997)» View all books by Mark S. Monmonier
Explains how maps can tell where to anticipate certain hazards, but also how maps can be misleading. The text considers that although it is important to predict and prepare for catastrophic natural hazards, more subtle and persistent phenomena such as pollution and crime also pose serious dangers.
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Author Biography - Mark S. Monmonier
Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs."
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