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Early China Coast MeteorologyThe Role of Hong Kong$
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P. Kevin MacKeown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028856

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.001.0001

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Typhoon Studies

Typhoon Studies

(p.133) 6 Typhoon Studies
Early China Coast Meteorology

P. Kevin MacKeown

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the situation at the Hong Kong Observatory and its achievements in typhoon studies during the first fifteen years of its existence. It discusses director August William Doberck's conflict with his assistant astronomer John Isaac Plummer. It also highlights the publication of the second edition of Doberck's Law of Storms in 1890, which was still without the imprint of the observatory. It discusses and analyzes the accomplishments of Doberck in relation to the historical framework in which the observatory was made.

Keywords:   Hong Kong Observatory, typhoon studies, August William Doberck, John Isaac Plummer, Law of Storms

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