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FZ-231582-15

Sarah Crawford Dry
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

Water World: How the Sciences of Water Went Global

A book-length history of global knowledge about climate and water spanning more than a century and a half and based on a wide array of scientific disciplines, including meteorology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, and glaciology.

Water World: How the Sciences of Water Went Global describes 150 years in the history of the sciences of water. Spanning meteorology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences and glaciology, the book tells the history of our global understanding of climate and water. Few specialist books on this important subject exist, fewer still for general readers. By spanning more than a century and a half and covering a wide array of scientific disciplines, Water World aims to give readers a firm understanding of how global knowledge about climate has been made in different scientific fields. Each chapter places a unique moment, individual and place in studies of water, ice and vapor in the wider social, political and cultural context of its time. Rich archival sources, including interviews with living participants, enable me to construct a gripping and well-paced narrative history of landmark moments in the generation of a global awareness of the earth’s climate.

Project fields:
History of Science

Program:
Public Scholar Program

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016