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Geert Loosveldt & Dominique Joye

In: The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Chapter 6: Defining and Assessing Survey Climate

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Defining and Assessing Survey Climate
Defining and assessing survey climate
Geert LoosveldtDominique Joye

In Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia, climate is defined as:

a measure of the average pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods of time. Climate is different than weather, in that weather only describes the short-term conditions of these variables in a given region. (, accessed January 29, 2014)

This classical climatological definition reveals the basic characteristics of a climate: it refers to average values of different aspects, it is regional and only observable over a longer period. It differs from temporary weather. What does this general definition of climate mean to describe in terms of the survey climate, ...

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