Climate History at Georgetown University
Climate history is an area of special strength for the environmental history program at Georgetown. Professors Dagomar Degroot, Timothy Newfield, and John McNeill all explore how climate changes have influenced human history, from medieval Europe to present-day Africa.
Generous grants from Georgetown University currently support two major climate history initiatives through the Department of History. Both are led by Professor Degroot, and supported by graduate students in environmental history.
The first, the Climate History Network (CHN), is an international, interdisciplinary organization of scholars who reconstruct past climate changes and identify how those changes affected human history. With support from the Georgetown Environment Initiative Impact Program, the Network runs workshops and conferences in climate history. Read more about the CHN by clicking here.
The second, HistoricalClimatology.com, is an online resource that currently receives more than 100,000 hits per year. It provides tools for climate reconstruction; links to primary source databases; updates on the most exciting projects and publications in climate history; and interviews with leading figures in climate change research. Most importantly, it features articles that explain why studying past climate changes helps us better understand modern warming. HistoricalClimatology.com receives support from a Georgetown University Research Infrastructure Award.