standing and adapting to climate. The volume com- Wolfgang Mieder, 1996,488 pp., $52.95, hardbound, bines the social and the academic to offer a unique Peter Lang Publishing, ISBN 0-8204-3326-8). The look at case studies of climate change from around most comprehensive collection of English and Ameri- the world. Experiences with climate variability are can weather provers compiled to date, this book pre- explored with the goal of identifying possible effects sents 4435 folkloric sayings, superstitions, and beliefs of, and policy responses to, climate events that might grounded in an oral and written tradition. Through the result from global warming. Focus is placed on the contents, the reader can obtain glimpse of historical social reactions to climate fluctuation and the under- ideas about weather. The first chapter traces the ori- lying causes of the societal vulnerability that spawns gin, language, nature, and history of proverbs, super- such reactions. Attention is given to linking the local stition, and signs. Each proverb is annotated to pri- and the global in order to identify vulnerable locales mary sources or major collections and can be located so as to aid vulnerable populations. Chapters address- alphabetically under important key words. An exten- ing causality and response and the ICID are included. sive bibliography of works on weather wisdom is pro- vided. The book is targeted for those interested in Turbulence, Coherent Structures, Dynamical Sys- weather history or folklore. The target readers are tems and Symmetry (Philip Holmes, John L. Lumley, engineers, applied mathematicians, dynamical sys- tems theorists, and applied scientists. • and Gal Berkooz, 1996, 420 pp., $69.95, clothbound, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-55142-0). Published as part of the Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics series, this book documents and explores recent developments made on the Navier-Stokes equations. While the Navier-Stokes equations are quite effective in situations were fluids can be seen Cambridge University Press as a continuum, difficulties arise because numerical 110 Midland Ave. approximations offer little in regard to physical un- Port Chester, NY 10513 derstanding. The book presents three new discover- Telephone: 800-812~lH23 ies that may enable further understanding of turbulent flows. The book is divided into four parts: exploring Kluwer Academic Publishers turbulence, dynamical systems, the boundary layer, 101 Philip Dr. and related applications. Norwell. 02061 Telephone: 61T811~6600 Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change: In- terim Results from the U.S. Country Studies Pro- Peter Lang Publishing gram (Joel B. Smith et al., Eds., 1996, 404 pp., 27 5 1th Ave, 28th Fl. $156.00, hardbound, Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York, NY 10001 ISBN 0-7923-4141-4). The 13 studies collected within Telephone: 800~110~526H this book present preliminary results from the vulner- ability and adaptation assessment research conducted Prentice Hall under the Framework Convention on Climate Change. One Lake St. Scientists from Central America, Asia, Africa, and Upper Saddle. NJ 01158 eastern Europe conducted the research. Much of the Telephone: 201-236-113? data included are from countries for which there were no previous research on the impacts of climate change Society of Photo~Optical on agriculture, grasslands, forests, and water and Instrumentation Engineers coastal resources. The report is part of an effort to es- P.O. Box 10 timate on a global country-by-country basis the pos- Bellincjham. WA 98221-0010 sible impacts of, and germane adaptions to, global cli- Telephone: 360-616-3290 mate change caused by greenhouse gases. Weather Wisdom: Proverbs, Superstitions, and Signs (Stewart A. Kingsbury, Mildred E. Kingsbury, and 27 6 ^ Vol. 78, No. 2, February 1 99 7
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