INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, VOL. 16, I 193 (1 996) 551.521.1l(4) BOOK REVIEW PUBLICATIONS DE CASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DE CLIMATOLOGIE, Vols. 6 and 7*, Panagiotis Maheras (ed), Depamnent of Meteorology and Climatology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, 1993, 1994, No. of pages: 729 (Vol. 6), 549 (Vol. 7). Price: 250FF (each). ISBN: 2-907696-06-8 (VOI.6), 2-907696-07-6 (V01.7). The International Association of Climatology (Association Infernationale de Climafologie-AIC) has as its target the development of relationships among climatologists by : (i) promoting the exchange of information concerning climatic studies; (ii) common scientific activities of its members; (iii) organization of conferences and colloquiums; (iv) publication of scientific studies. This association, the official language of which is French, recently published Volumes 6 and 7 containing many studies in climatology. Volume 6 includes 73 articles presented at the annual colloquium held in Thessaloniki in September 1993. This volume is divided into seven parts. The main topic is ‘Drought in the Mediterranean and the Surrounding Countries’, with examples from North Afnca, south-western Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. Other subjects included in this volume are :climate evolution and climatic changes with some examples of changes in the precipitation regime in the Balkans, and in Spain and France (part two), pluviometric studies and precipitation in the Mediterranean, mainly in Greece and Spain (part three), mid-latitude climatology (part four), tropical climatology with examples from Senegal and Benin (part five), local and topoclimatology, pollution and bio-climatology with some studies dealing with the ozone issue or fog in urban regions CCC 0899-8418/96/101 193-01 0 1996 by the Royal Meteorological Society (part six), statistics, information, automatic networks and modelling (part seven). Volume 7 includes 65 articles presented at the annual colloquium held in Toulouse in September 1994. This volume, also divided into seven parts, covers many issues in climatology. The first part contains mainly communications on methodology and techniques, including some aspects of applied climatology and new techniques in tropical climatology. The second part deals with the interaction between climate, soil and vegetation, with some studies carried out in Portugal and Italy, as well as some aspects of bio-climatology in Poland. Part three deals with different aspects of the climate in the Mediterranean and Maghreb regions. In part four one can find articles dealing with temporal variation of the climate in Mali, Portugal, Canada, and so on. The fifth part deals with some exceptional features of the temperate climates, such as hail, snow, fog, frost and intense rainfall. The sixth part addresses issues of rainfall variability in tropical regions, and finally the last part deals with topo-climatology, mainly in regions of pronounced relief such as the Alps or the Rhine. All articles in both volumes, were subject to a peer review, are nicely presented and are carefully edited by Professor Panagiotis Maheras from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. These two volumes should be regarded as reference books in climatology, rather than proceedings. H. KUTIEL University of Haifa *Publications can be ordered from : Marc Payen, Metko-France, 42 Avenue G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse, France.