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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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How does the Thornthwaite system of climate classification differ from the Köppen system? What are the advantages of the Thornthwaite system?

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The way in which the Thornthwaite system of climate classification differs from the Köppen system, and the advantages of the Thornthwaite system.

Explanation

Thornthwaite system: It is a system for climate classification at a local scale. The Thornthwaite system determines the availability of moisture (or shortages) at the sub-regional scale. This system is preferred for examining local climates. The Thornthwaite system is based on “potential evapotranspiration (potential ET) and the amount of water that the combination of evaporation and transpiration (water loss from vegetation to the air) would transfer to the atmosphere with an unlimited water supply available”.

The advantage of the Thornthwaite system is that it can aid farmers and soil scientists with local scale information about water supplies for agriculture.

This system is most useful for agriculturalists, soil scientists, and water resources specialists. For example, a farmer who is interested in growing a certain crop type in a particular area...

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