Oral history of British science

Kington, John (Part 9 of 10). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Interviewee’s home, Norwich

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    Kington, John, 1930- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Comments on movement of rolled weather maps/map chest from CRU to own study at home, helped by Phil Jones and Keith Briffa. Mentions alphabetically organised collection of papers in study. [1:44] Comments on progress in completion of weather maps for 1780s. [3:27] Comments on reasons for not continuing 1780s weather map construction at home. [4:40] Description of time involved in constructing weather map for a single day in the 1780s. Mentions historical weather data filed at CRU; data on microfilm kept at home. [7:58] Detailed comments on decline in interest in ‘dynamic’ meteorology/climatology (long term changes in circulation patterns) in climate history, in favour of descriptions of static records of variables such as temperature; importance of dynamic climatology in understanding climate change, past and present; role of historical variation in ‘westerlies’ over British Isles. [13:09] Comments on possible relations between decline in interest in dynamic meteorology/climatology at CRU and expertise of its newer members of staff. [14:04] Mentions omission of dynamic meteorology/climatology in discussions of climate change. Comments on absence of synoptic weather charts in recent/current television weather forecasts; interest as child in weather forecasts (involving charts) of television forecaster Miles Hunt. [16:10] Comments on role of carbon dioxide in climate change; meaning of title ‘climate scientist’ in relation to ‘climatologist’.

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    Life story interview with John Kington, meteorologist and climatologist.

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    John Kington interviewed by Paul Merchant: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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