Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
 
Title A Comparative Analysis of Boundary Locations Established By Climatic Classifications
Author(s) Bock, Willian Texas
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1964-8
Digital Origin reformatted digital
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Keyword(s) Geology
Geography
Abstract Effort directed toward classification of the world's climates has produced quite a number of systems in the past three-quarters of a century. A number of the more recently developed ones, similarly based on climate-vegetation relationships, appear to have a high degree of climate boundary locational agreement despite differences la boundary criteria and classification organisation. It is the purpose of this study to ex┬Čamine a cross-section of relatively current climatic classifications (1) to determine the amount of agreement and disagreement among specific boundary locations, especially where extremes occur, and (2) if boundary patterns exist, to consider their significance. The classifications selected for boundary comparisons are those of W. Koppen, C. W. Thorathwaite, A. A. Miller, M. Vahl, and N. N. Ivanov. These classifications were chosen because they represent an international cross-section of classification thinking; they are relatively current classifications; they vary in complexity, and each is somewhat unique; but all have a common basis and purpose. For treatment in this study, like subdivisions of these classifications are organised into five major climate groups, each including groups and subgroups of the selected classifications. The group boundaries are compared on a world basis and the subgroup boundaries are compared only in selected areas. This procedure reveals some interesting conclusions. Even though boundaries generally shew locational disagreement, there is a fundamental similarity of pattern. Terrain appears to be of even greater importance as a climatic classification control than popularly believed. It appears that the climatologists relied heavily upon vegetation boundaries in areas of extreme climate where less climatic data is available. There is, however, essentially no difference in the amount of agreement and disagreement between boundary locations in areas where climatic data are scarce, and where data are plentiful.
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