Airships paper now out in the Annals of the AAG

I'm pleased to be able to share my paper on British imperial airshipping, which is now out in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. The paper develops some of my earlier thinking about how airships can help us think in new ways about historical attitudes to both the atmosphere and to the technological future E-prints of … Continue reading Airships paper now out in the Annals of the AAG

Mauritius – notes from the archives

I've just returned from a few weeks in Mauritius, where I was lucky enough to spend some time both exploring the archives and exploring the island, to follow-up on and deepen my engagement with the island's meteorological history. I started working on the history of meteorology in Mauritius by following Albert Walter, founding director of … Continue reading Mauritius – notes from the archives

Relocating Meteorology: themed issue of History of Meteorology

I'm delighted to announce the publication of a themed issue of the journal History of Meteorology edited by myself and Angelo Matteo Caglioti (EUI), on the topic of 'Relocating Meteorology'. The collection developed out of a conference session at the AAG annual meeting in 2015, and brings together a range of established and emerging voices in … Continue reading Relocating Meteorology: themed issue of History of Meteorology

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

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

New paper: meteorology as an imperial science

I have a new paper out in the Journal of Historical Geography entitled 'For an empire of 'all types of climate': meteorology as an imperial science'. It can be found on the publisher's website here, and a pre-publication version of the article can be downloaded here. The paper is the main output of the RGS-IBG funded project which I conducted … Continue reading New paper: meteorology as an imperial science