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Climate: Tropical Humid

  • By: Danielson R. Kisanga
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Tropical humid climate is one of several climate categories found on Earth. To understand it better, it is important to define the term climate. The climate of an area is the average characteristic condition of the atmosphere near the Earth's surface for at least 30 years. This includes the region's general pattern of weather conditions, seasons, and weather extremes such as hurricanes, droughts, or rainy periods. Various scientists classify climate differently based on different criteria, and the whole classification process is still inconclusive. Robert Christopherson classifies climate into six climate categories—namely, tropical, desert, mesothermal, microthermal, polar, and highland. Tropical climates are truly winterless. Understanding the dynamics of tropical humid climate is extremely important because it is Earth's most extensive climate category, occupying about 36% of ...

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