Originally published in 1985, this volume of essays was compiled in honour of Gordon Manley, a major and distinctive twentieth-century figure in climatology. The range and scope of the topics covered reflect the eclectic interests of Manley, whose orientation was always towards the importance of climate and its impact on mankind. The state of the art of climatic change is considered at different scales by the contributors: from instrumental records on a local scale from Durham and Manchester to discussions on the regional and continental scale. Methodological problems relating to climatic change are treated. The effects of climate and climatic change on plant distribution, disease vectors and agricultural pests are also considered.
Table of Contents
1. The Life and Works of Gordon Manley Michael J. Tooley and Gillian M. Sheail 2. The Durham University Observatory Record and Gordon Manley’s work for a longer temperature series for North-East England Joan Kenworthy 3. Variations in the Durham Temperature and Rainfall Record 1847-1981 Ray Harris 4. Some Aspects of Rainfall Record With Selected Computational Examples from Northern England Elizabeth M. Shaw 5. A Critical Assessment for Proxy Data for Climatic Reconstruction Hermann Flohn 6. The Little Ice Age Period and the Great Storms Within It Hubert Lamb 7. The Timing of the Little Ice Age in Scandinavia Jean M. Grove 8. Snow-Cover, Snow-Lines in Central Europe Since the 16th Century Christian Pfister 9. Peat Stratigraphy and Climatic Change: Some Speculations Keith E. Barber 10. Geomagnetism and Paleoclimate Frank Oldfield and Simon G. Robinson 11. Climate, Sea-Level and Coastal Changes Michael J. Tooley 12. The Effect of Climate on Plant Distributions Richard N. Carter and Stephen D. Prince 13. Climate and the Diseases and Pests of Agriculture Austin Bourke