Originally published in 1987, this book brings together information previously buried in specialist sources and makes it available to the student in a non-technical and well-illustrated synthesis. It builds a clear and detailed picture of the climates of West Africa, describing and explaining them and showing how crucial this understanding is to everyday life. The climate’s relevance to water resources, agriculture, health and industry is systematically considered.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Description: The Climate of West Africa 1. Radiation, Sunshine and Temperature 2. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind 3. Evaporation, Evapotranspiration and Humidity 4. Cloud and Visibility 5. Precipitation and Water Balance 6. Thunderstorms and Line Squalls 7. The Seasonality of West African Climate and Climatic Regions Part 2: Explanation: West African Climatology and Meteorology 8. The Atmospheric Circulation over West Africa 9. Perturbations in the West African Atmosphere and the Origin of Line Squalls 10. The Togo Gap, the ‘Little Dry Season’ and Recent Climatic Fluctuations in West Africa Part 3: Application: Applied Climatology in West Africa 11. Climate and Water Resources 12. Climate and Agriculture 13. Climate and Health 14. Climate and Building Design, Industry and Transportation in West Africa 15. Human Impact Upon Climate in West Africa