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What did the Weather Forecast do to Fishermen, and what did Fishermen do to the Weather Forecast?

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Abstract:

In the wake of the First World War, Vilhelm Bjerknes and his colleagues in Bergen established their so-called front meteorology. With their new concepts and models they "appropriated" the weather - to use Robert Marc Friedman's expression - for physics and for Norwegian science. A regular weather forecasting service was established at the same time for the whole of the Norwegian coast, and fishermen soon became the meteorologists' primary allies in their struggle for state support and resources. This article examines how the alliance was established, how weather forecasting was "appropriated" by the coastal population, particularly in the north, and what difference this made.

Keywords: History of fisheries; Meteorology; Risk; Science and society; Weather forecasting

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08003830701352304

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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