Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History
Mar 31

Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History

March 4, 2017 all-day
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The mapping of broad climate zones, wind direction, ocean currents, and related weather events has a long and storied history. In this exhibition, visitors will discover how “Venti” were wind personas who directed ancient ships and “Horae” were goddesses of the seasons who dictated natural order during the 15th-17th centuries, how Enlightenment scientists started to collect and map weather data, and how 19th century geographers reflecting the golden age of thematic cartography created innovative techniques to represent vast amounts of statistical data and developed complex maps furthering our understanding of climatic regions. As visitors explore five centuries of regions and seasons, they can compare this gradual sophistication of mapping climatic data, with the modern use of computers and models to further analyze the impact of changing climatic conditions on future generations.