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Atmospheric Science and Public Policy

Science  16 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5315, pp. 1084-1086
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5315.1084

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Abstract

The role of atmospheric science in the provision of public services and the formulation of public policy is going through a period of reappraisal. One of the most fundamental issues at stake is the continued free and unrestricted international exchange of meteorological data in support of operational meteorology and research. The contribution of atmospheric research to the resolution of complex issues associated with the international response to the threat of global climate change has become a matter of vigorous debate in the meteorological community but has also contributed to increasingly close cooperation between meteorology and the rest of the earth science community.

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