The shape of hurricanes: Lieutenant Colonel Reid’s morphology of cyclonic weather system

Guedes, Pedro (2017). The shape of hurricanes: Lieutenant Colonel Reid’s morphology of cyclonic weather system. In: Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture - iNTA 2017, 6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference. International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference, Gainesville, FL, United States, (). 1-3 December 2017.

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Author Guedes, Pedro
Title of paper The shape of hurricanes: Lieutenant Colonel Reid’s morphology of cyclonic weather system
Conference name International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference
Conference location Gainesville, FL, United States
Conference dates 1-3 December 2017
Proceedings title Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture - iNTA 2017, 6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference
Place of Publication Gainesville, FL, United States
Publisher College of Design, Construction and Planning, School of Architecture, University of Florida
Publication Year 2017
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Other
Total pages 12
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Within a generation of losing its American colonies, Britain adjusted to a new world order in which its power and influence was spread across the globe, slowly shifting focus from the Western Hemisphere to the East. Throughout its global empire, held together by the Royal Navy, much consolidation was needed in building and repairing garrisons, developing durable infrastructure and understanding exotic environments. Scattered around these fluid dominions were members of the Royal Engineers, the ‘Scientific Corps’ whose duties included designing public and military buildings and assembling useful data about the workings of nature in unfamiliar climates. This paper will follow Lieutenant Colonel William Reid RE, FRS, and his work on repairing and rebuilding structures damaged in the Barbados hurricane of 1831, his growing curiosity about these unpredictable storms and his collaborations with William C. Redfield in the United States and Henry Piddington in Calcutta investigating tropical tempests and their trajectories as circulating weather systems in the 1830s and 40s. Having established the workings of storms, trajectories could be predicted and communicated reliably by telegraphy when Reid’s theories became widely accepted.
Keyword Royal Engineers
Lt Colonel William Reid RE FRS
William C Redfield
Henry Piddington
Hurricane disaster mitigation
Cyclones
Typhoons
Weather stations
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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