Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography.
2)Discuss Koppens climate classification scheme and also discuss its limitations.(250 words)
Why this question
Koppens climate classification scheme is one of the most widely used climate classification schemes. However it has also been criticized on various fronts. The question is indirectly related to GS 1 syllabus under the following heading-
Salient features of world’s physical geography.
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to describe Koppens climate classification scheme, major climate regions and then discuss its limitations.
Discuss- we have to write in detail about Koppens climate classification scheme. It is better if we can a diagram of the world climates as per the scheme. We also have to discuss the limitations of the scheme.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- Mention the proponent, year and further developments in Koppens climate classification scheme.
- Discuss the scheme in detail- make a table of the world climates and draw a rough diagram for illustration purposes.
- Discuss its limitations. ( e.g estimated rather than measurable variables involved, symbol system difficult to interpret, other factors not taken into account, too simplistic etc)
Conclusion– mention the few advantages/ pros of the Koppens climate classification scheme and mention that despite the above discussed limitations, it is one of the most widely used climate classification schemes, although with modifications.