The Genius of C. Warren Thornthwaite, Climatolo- Analysis of Climate Variability: Applications of Sta- gist-Geographer (John R. Mather and Marie tistical Techniques (Hans von Storch and Antonio Sanderson, 1996, 240 pp., $29.95, hardbound, The Navarra, Eds., 1995, 352 pp., $99.00, hardbound, University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN 0-8061-2787- Springer-Verlag, ISBN 3-540-58918-X). This volume 2). C. Warren Thornthwaite, argued to be the "world's is based on lectures given during the autumn courses most outstanding climatologist," contributed his con- held at the European School of Climatology and Na- cept of evapotranspiration and its use in a water bal- tional Hazards from 30 October-6 November 1993. ance model and the new classification of world cli- The course lectures were on "Statistical Analysis of mates to the science of climatology. This book, com- Climate Variability," and the 15 lectures are contained piled by two of his students who were his friends as within this book. Lectures focus on the applications well, is a collection of Thornthwaite's unpublished of statistical techniques in climate. Parts I and II pro- letters and personal recollections from his contempo- vide examples of the analysis of observed data and the raries, which trace the chronology of his achievements evaluation of
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Published: Feb 1, 1996
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