Meteorological and Climatological Considerations

  • Barry Floyd


Our study of the Eastern Nigerian environment is enhanced by an appreciation of the spatial arrangement and temporal variability of the elements of weather and climate. Atmospheric conditions from day to day, from month to month and from year to year are all-pervasive in their impact upon both earth and man. Weather and climate have a direct effect on human health, efficiency and psychology, and an indirect effect on man’s economic activities through the interaction with soils, vegetation, crops, geomorphic processes and hydrology.


Rainfall Daily Niger Delta Eastern Province Physical Setting Line Squall 
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    For a development of this theme, see P. W. Porter, ‘Environmental Potentials and Economic Opportunities — A Background for Cultural Adaptation’, in W. Goldschmidt et al., ‘Variation and Adaptability of Culture: A Symposium’, American Anthropologist, lxvii (1965), pp. 409–20.Google Scholar
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    F. K. Hare, ‘The Concept of Climate’, Geography, li (1966), p. 99.Google Scholar
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    This account is based on a description of the ‘weather year’ over West Africa contained in Section I of S. Gregory, Rainfall over Sierra Leone, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, Research Paper No. 2 (Liverpool, 1965), pp. 1–16. (Hereafter referred to as Rainfall.)Google Scholar
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    A. W. Ireland, ‘The Little Dry Season of Southern Nigeria’, The Nigerian Geographical Journal, v (1962), p. 16.Google Scholar
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    See J. Davies, ‘Estimation of Insolation for West Africa’, Quarterly Journal, Royal Meteorological Society, xci (1965), pp. 359–63.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    University of Nigeria, Faculty of Agriculture, Basic Data: Agrometeorologicall Station, Nsukka (Nsukka, 1964).Google Scholar
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    R. C. Mitchell-Thomé, ‘Average Annual Natural Recharge Estimates of Groundwater in Eastern Nigeria, with Comments on Consumption’ (Nsukka, 1963), manuscript, p. 1.Google Scholar

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© Barry Floyd 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Floyd
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  1. 1.University of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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