Malaysia – notes from the archives

s I returned from my trip to Malaysia last week, complete with a suitcase full of print-outs from the archives and a head full of ideas about how the development of meteorology in British Malaya fits into the wider story I want to tell with this project. Most of my time in Malaysia was spent … Continue reading Malaysia – notes from the archives

Hong Kong workshop: Weather Science, Extreme Weather and Disaster Histories

Last week I was delighted to join a workshop at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum on the history of weather science and weather extremes in the region. The workshop brought together historians of science with atmospheric scientists interested in using historical observations to reconstruct past weather and climate. It was a great day of cross-disciplinary … Continue reading Hong Kong workshop: Weather Science, Extreme Weather and Disaster Histories

Commendations

I was delighted to hear this week that my article 'For an empire of all types of climate': meteorology as an imperial science was placed in the 'highly commended' category for this year's Journal of Historical Geography essay prize, along with Dean Bond's  Enlightenment geography in the study: A.F. Büsching, J.D. Michaelis and the place of geographical … Continue reading Commendations

New paper: montage and climate futures

I have a new paper out in the RGS-IBG's relatively new open-access journal Geo: Geography & Environment, entitled 'Picturing the future-conditional: montage and the global geographies of climate change'. The paper will form part of a themed issue on global environmental imagery being convened by historian of science Sebastian Grevsmühl. The introductory essay by Sebastian is also … Continue reading New paper: montage and climate futures

What do we talk about when we talk about climate?

This Thursday (14th July) we will be hosting Vladimir Jankovic, an historian of science at the University of Manchester, for a public lecture on the question of ‘What do we talk about when we talk about climate?’ The talk will form the first Hayman Rooke Lecture in Environmental Humanities, a new lecture series with which we aim … Continue reading What do we talk about when we talk about climate?

New paper: ‘Modelling and the nation’

I've got a new paper out in Minerva, co-authored with Mike Hulme (KCL), on the establishment of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the UK Met Office. It's available open-access by following the link below: Modelling and the Nation: Institutionalising Climate Prediction in the UK, 1988–92 Abstract. How climate models came to gain … Continue reading New paper: ‘Modelling and the nation’

Conferencing: AAG 2016

I'm heading off to the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers next week, where I'll be presenting some preliminary work on the history of agricultural meteorology in a session I've put together with Angelo Matteo Caglioti (Berkeley). The session, 'Historical geographies of environmental knowledge: science, space and power', will bring together historical geographers … Continue reading Conferencing: AAG 2016