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Research Council Says U.S. Climate Models Can't Keep Up

Science  05 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5403, pp. 766-767
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5403.766

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A new report by a committee of the National Research Council concluded that even as the United States tries to shape the world's greenhouse warming policy, it lags in the race to simulate climate. According to the report, the problem is twofold: The United States lacks a coordinated strategy for building models, and it has limited supercomputer power available to run them. The report urges that agencies involved in global change research agree on a national set of goals, coordinate funding, and reorder the priorities of individual modeling groups to achieve them.

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