Originally published in 1986, this book discusses the value of weather and climate information in government and business decision-making. It issues a strong manifesto for the development of new areas of research requiring the skills of weather scientists, geographers, economists, planners and political scientists. It offers a coherent and non-technical presentation of this climatology, supported with practical guidance on assessing the impacts of weather and climate on human affairs.

chapter I|21 pages

The atmosphere as an élite resource

chapter II|23 pages

The institutional framework

chapter III|31 pages

Events and information

chapter IV|54 pages

The weather–economic mix

chapter VI|96 pages

The assessment process

chapter VIII|21 pages

Forthcoming challenges and opportunities