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Publication Date
04 November 2009
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So Foul and Fair a Day

A History of Scotland's Weather and Climate
by Alastair Dawson - Find out more about the author
Shortlisted for the 2010 Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year

'Required reading for politicians and media commentators, to give them insight to the sheer volatility of weather and climate, before repeating mantras of the terrors of future climate change.' - The Holocene

Climate change is one of the most serious issues that faces the human race, but how important have climate conditions and weather been in the past? Alistair Dawson considers this question as he traces the history of climate conditions and weather in Scotland, showing that dramatic changes have played an important part in the shaping of Scotland’s story, a fact that is often overlooked by professional historians. 

He discusses the key lessons to be learned from the past, providing pointers to the future and new meanings to the terms ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’. This is a fascinating and thoughtful book, and an invaluable reference for all those interested in climate change.

After nearly twenty-five years as a lecturer in Geography at Coventry University, Professor Alastair Dawson returned to the University of Aberdeen, where he had graduated in 1974 with a BSc Honours in Geography, to the position of Assistant Director of the Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management. He is the author of several critically acclaimed publications on climate change, including Ice Age Earth and Global Climate Change. He lives in St Andrews.