Parson, Ruben L.||Reinemann, Martin W.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Education
The purpose of this study was to produce a map of Africa with a selection of climatic stations to represent the various climates. At the outset, I wrote to several map makers and the United States Weather Bureau to inquire about the different types of climatic charts and maps of this kind. It was the opinion of the correspondents that while maps of this type were available for other continents, none had been made of Africa. Knowing this kept my interest high. The project involved six operations; 1) preparing a map of Africa showing climatic boundaries, 2) selecting stations to represent each of the climates of Africa, 3) making line-and-bar graphs for each station, 4) drawing a large outline map of Africa, 5) arranging and pasting stations on the outline map and 6) photographing and printing the map. Selecting stations to represent each of the climates was perhaps the most important process. To be a useful map, the stations chosen had to fulfill two qualifications; stations had to be representative of a particular climate and only stations with records of five years or more duration could be used. Wernstedt's World Climatic Data - Africa lists over 1200 weather stations. Of these 1200 stations, many did not meet these qualifications. There were many stations listed in heavily populated coastal areas and few stations in the interior tropical rainforest and desert regions. This added to the difficulty In selecting stations. The other five operations presented technical problems such as finding a photographer able to photograph a map of this size and experimenting with several methods of making line-and-bar graphs to find an effective way to produce fifty-one such graphs. The completed map is 5 1/2' x 5 1/2' and has fifty-one stations representing the climates of Africa. A completed map of a smaller size has been bound with this paper and negatives have been given to the Earth Science Department so that other maps can be printed when needed.
Hartman, Earl W., "Selected climatic stations in Africa, a map" (1962). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4851.
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