the explanation of the scope of climatology
Climatology has a wide scope and it can be subdivided either on the
basis of the topics emphasised or on the scale of the atmospheric
phenomena that are emphasised. [ Ayoade (2004) identified the six
topical subdivision of climatology among others as follows:
1. Regional climatology: It is the description of climates over selected
areas of the earth.
2. Synoptic climatology: It is the study of
the weather and climate over
an area in relation to the pattern of the pervading atmospheric
circulation. Synoptic climatology is thus essentially a new approach
to regional climatology.
3. Physical climatology: It involves investigating the behaviour of
weather elements or processes in the atmosphere in terms of physical
principles. Emphasis is on global energy and water balance regimes
of the earth and the atmosphere.
4. Dynamic climatology: It places emphasis on the atmospheric
motions on various scales, particularly the general circulation of the
5. Applied climatology: It is the application of climatological
knowledge and principles to solving problems facing mankind.
6. Historical climatology: It is the study of the development of climate
through time. ]
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