Geography of the Köppen Climate Classification System



This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, applies geography to the 100+ year old Köppen Climate Classification System (shown below) in order to be able to see the actual geography that affects climate and how the geography is affected by the climate. Then I considered that this map is as much about history and cultures as it is about science because the climate affects the people and migration, and human development and migration affected the climate. So, I was very surprised that no one had ever done this before since seeing the geography of each climate type would greatly improve the understanding of what the system is designed to teach. In a sense this map is a visual glossary of climate classifications. 

Click here to speed up viewing this map, it will take you to the original Google Map, complete with legend.



If you turn on the Weather Mode within Google Map you can see how today's weather matches up with the local climate classifications assigned over 100 years ago.

Note how in this image clouds are passing over what should be a dry Somalia.
Yet, to the west of it people in Ethiopia are migrating due to climate change 
and further west the clouds match up along the line between arid and moist established in the 
Köppen Climate Classification System over 100+ years ago.



The Köppen Climate Classification System as shown on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Commons / World_Koppen_Map.png: Peel, M. C., Finlayson, B. L., and McMahon, T. A.
(University of Melbourne)





Examples of the geography of the
Köppen Climate Classification System 


To ease understanding the Köppen Climate Classification System, I created a visual library of the different geographies. 

Cfc) = Maritime Subarctic climates or
Subpolar Oceanic climates.

©Google and MyReadingMapped
(Csa) = Dry-summer subtropical
or Mediterranean climates.

©Google and MyReadingMapped







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