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Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale

Deborah R. Coen


Today, predicting the impact of human activities on the earth’s climate hinges on tracking interactions among phenomena of radically different dimensions, from the molecular to the planetary. Climate in Motion shows that this multiscalar, multicausal framework emerged well before computers and satellites. Extending the history of modern climate science back into the nineteenth century, Deborah R. Coen uncovers its roots in the politics of empire-building in central and eastern Europe. She argues that essential elements of the modern understanding of climate arose as a means of thinking across ... More

Keywords: climate, climatology, scale, atmosphere, physics, Habsburg, Anthropocene, empire, Austria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226398822
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226555027.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah R. Coen, author
Yale University