PerspectiveAtmospheric Science

Wind Data: A Promise in Peril

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Science  13 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5660, pp. 962-963
DOI: 10.1126/science.1094584

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Satellite-based radars called scatterometers are yielding a wealth of new data about wind and ocean currents. In her Perspective, Kelly discusses the report by Chelton et al., in which scatterometer data are analyzed to show the importance of small-scale wind structures in interactions between wind and ocean. What is needed now, writes Kelly, is a sustained program of such observations to provide data for improved weather and climate prediction.