Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

The increasing media profile of historical climatology.

Artist's rendition of ancient Baghdad from BBC News.A new article by Richard Black of BBC News examines the development of the discipline of historical climatology “in the last couple of decades” by exploring the attempts of a team under Fernando Dominguez-Castro to reconstruct the weather of ancient Baghdad (here). The article describes some of the methodologies used by historical climatologists, and mentions sources from ship logbooks to parish ledgers of grape harvests. In recent years journalists from outlets like BBC news or The Guardian have devoted considerable attention to studies relevant to historical climatology, and it is encouraging to see that the workings of the discipline and the kind of work undertaken by its scholars have begun to find a voice in the mainstream media.


About D Degroot

I am an assistant professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. My research explores flexibility and resilience in the face of climate change across the early modern world. I am the co-administrator of the Climate History Network, and the administrator of For more about my work, visit

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This entry was posted on March 2, 2012 by in In the News.
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