Science Overrides Politics for East Asian Monsoon Study

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Science  17 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5362, pp. 373
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5362.373

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BEIJING-- During the next 4 months, scientists from nine countries and regions that border the South China Sea will measure rainfall, sea temperatures, and wind and ocean currents in an effort to better understand the timing, intensity, and duration of the East Asian summer monsoon. The South China Sea Monsoon Experiment is expected to fill gaps in the data about this important phenomenon and may be the region's most ambitious attempt at scientific cooperation. Unlike other large-scale, multinational efforts to study weather and climate variability, however, it will rely on funding and personnel from the region rather than from the big international science powers.