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U.S.-India Pact to Plug Data Gap

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Science  17 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5337, pp. 379
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5337.379a

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NEW DELHI, INDIA-- India and the United States have agreed to share satellite weather data in real time, ending 14 years of secrecy and filling a data gap over the Indian Ocean that has handicapped forecasters and climate researchers. The bilateral pact, expected to be signed next month, is part of India's attempt to play a bigger role in the global space industry and represents a victory for the free flow of scientific information.