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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stanley A. Changnon  

Pen Name: Stanley Alcide Changnon


Audience: Children;

Born: 1928 in Donovan, Illinois

-- Stanley A. Changnon on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Stanley A. Changnon was born in Donovan, Illinois and taught at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Changnon has authored several scientific books, and combined his skills as a scientist and his passion for the railroad. America's Rural Hub, published by Mayhaven, was the first of his three railroad books. He graduated from the University of Illinois and stayed on as Chief of the Illinois State Water Survey. He also taught basketball. Changnon is retired from the University of Illinois, and now travels the world as a meteorologist. He was on the research team for Al Gore's work on the environment, which won the Nobel Prize. He and his wife reside in central Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Hail Suppression - Impacts and Issues

Illinois State Water Survey. 1977

The Great Flood Of 1993: Causes, Impacts, And Responses
ISBN: 0813326192

Westview Press. 1996

The flood that affected a third of the United States during the summer of 1993 was the nation's worst, ranking as a once-in-300-years event. It severely tested national, state, and local systems for managing natural resources and for handling emergencies, illuminating both the strengths and weaknesses in existing methods of preparing for and dealing with massive prolonged flooding.Through detailed case studies, this volume diagnoses the social and economic impacts of the disaster, assessing how resource managers, flood forecasters, public institutions, the private sector, and millions of volunteers responded to it. The first comprehensive evaluation of the 1993 flood, this book examines the way in which floods are forecast and monitored, the effectiveness of existing recovery processes, and how the nation manages its floodplains. The volume concludes with recommendations for the future, in hope of better preparing the country for the next flood or other comparable disaster.

El Niņo, 1997-1998: The Climate Event of the Century
ISBN: 0195135512

Oxford University Press. 2000

This book assembles a stellar group of contributors to provide an in-depth perspective on a nationally high visibility and complex climate event: El Niņo 1997-1998. It presents what happened in the United States where El Niņo became a household word and a "climate event of the century" to scientists. The book is a "snapshot" of events during a 14-month period starting when El Niņo developed in the spring of 1997 and ending by early summer 1998. Its particular focus is on information that appeared in the media and on the Internet -- two major sources, correct or not, during the event.

Thunderstorms Across the Nation: An Atlas of Storms, Hail, and Their Damages in the 20th Century
ISBN: 0756726301

Diane Pub Co. 2003

Book by Changnon, Stanley A.

America's Rural Hub: Railroading in Central Illinois in the Late Twentieth Century
ISBN: 1878044044

Mayhaven Pub. 1991

Railroads in Central Illinois (Many Photos)

The Triangle: Busy Railroading in Southern Illinois
ISBN: 0963181106

Mayhaven Pub. 2002

Busy Railroading in Southern Illinois By Stanley A. Chagnon. Softcover, 218 glossy pages, 8x10.5", b/w photos throughout, index. 2002. "A small rural area with eight railroads, high density of rail lines, trains of all types. All this contained in a triangle formed by three communities, each with multiple junctions, aged depots, and frequent trains. Major yards, long freights, helper districts, cabooses galore. Traffic including an engine rebuilding plant, coal mines, auto interlockers. "Changnon's collection of photos transport us to the prairies of central Illinois for glimpses into the history of the 19th century through the heavily trafficked lens of the 20th. Chicago and North Western (CNW, Illinois Central Gulf (ICG), Chicago & Eastern Illinois (C&EI), Chessie System (CSX), MoPac (Missouri Pacific), M&I (Missouri & Illinois), Louisville and Nashville (L&N, Family Lines), Norfolk and Western (N&W), Amtrak (ATK)."



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