Albert Kratzer “The Climate of Cities”

Albert Kratzer (1956) The Climate of Cities

Albert Kratzer (1905-1975), a Benedict Monk from Bavaria, Germany, submitted his PhD thesis on urban climatology in 1937 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. This thesis formed the first edition of Das Stadtklima (The Climate of Cities), which provides an extensive review of urban climate studies at that time. The second edition of Das Stadtklima was published in 1956. In the foreword he expresses his wish for the book and the field of inquiry:

I would like to express the hope that the book will be received as well as its predecessor, in Europe and in the America as well. I also hope that it will fulfill its purpose everywhere and will prove not only a useful tool in the hands of city planners and builders but also a lucid and instructive work on their climate for all interested city-dwellers. May it also provide inducement to further studies and particularly to the monographs which have still to be written in the field.

The book remains a unique source of information and is representative of the German school of landscape climatology. As an illustration, Andreas Matzarakis (University of Freiburg) identifies Figure 51 in the book, which shows the local wind systems in the region of Freiburg. This is a topic that continues to be of scientific interest. Many of the issues raised in this discussion of local wind systems are still unresolved while others are only now amenable to study through technological and methodological advances.

The document published here is the English language translation of the 1956 edition, published by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is republished here with the permission of the AMS. It is hoped to republish the original German language publication once permission can be obtained. The version here is rather crude owing to the quality of printing. However, it is intended to republish a higher quality version in the near future.

 

 

 

Albert Kratzer (1905-1975), a Benedict Monk from Bavaria, Germany, submitted his PhD thesis on urban climatology in 1937 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. This thesis formed the first edition of Das Stadtklima (The Climate of Cities), which provides an extensive review of urban climate studies at that time. The second edition of Das Stadtklima was published in 1956. In the foreword he expresses his wish for the book and the field of inquiry:

I would like to express the hope that the book will be received as well as its predecessor, in Europe and in the America as well. I also hope that it will fulfill its purpose everywhere and will prove not only a useful tool in the hands of city planners and builders but also a lucid and instructive work on their climate for all interested city-dwellers. May it also provide inducement to further studies and particularly to the monographs which have still to be written in the field.

The book remains a unique source of information and is representative of the German school of landscape climatology. As an illustration, Andreas Matzarakis (University of Freiburg) identifies Figure 51 in the book, which shows the local wind systems in the region of Freiburg. This is a topic that continues to be of scientific interest. Many of the issues raised in this discussion of local wind systems are still unresolved while others are only now amenable to study through technological and methodological advances.

The document published here is the English language translation of the 1956 edition, published by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is republished here with the permission of the AMS. It is hoped to republish the original German language publication once permission can be obtained. The version here is rather crude owing to the quality of printing. However, it is intended to republish a higher quality version in the near future.