Talk on pioneer in meteorology

Date(s) - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019
7:00 pm

Audubon Library


The WNY Chapter of The American Meteorological Society will present a talk by Stephen Vermette, professor of geography in the Department of Geography & Planning at Buffalo State College, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst.

Vermette will discuss “Chains of Connections: Alexander von Humboldt’s Meteorological Legacy Lives On.”

Alexander von Humboldt was an eminent geographer of the 19th Century. While most scientists of his day were content to discover, collect, and catalog nature, Humboldt contributed to the first empirical evidence linking decreasing temperatures to increasing altitude. The application of this altitude/temperature relationship led to his groundbreaking linkage of climate and vegetation zones.

His observations form the hidden foundation of today’s meteorology and climatology – explaining marine vs continental climates, drawing the first global temperature maps, linking atmospheric pressure variability to trade winds, coining the term “magnetic storm,” and warning of “mankind’s mischief…disturbing nature’s order,” to name a few.

On the 250th anniversary of his birth, learn more about the man, his travels, his scientific method and his contributions to meteorology and climatology.