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Strategic Guidance for the National Science Foundation‘s Support of the Atmospheric Sciences
would be enabled by better, faster models, which require more and more powerful computers. Supporting ever-larger and more capable computing infrastructure should be a high priority, but must be balanced by the other needs of the community, so as not to jeopardize maintaining observational facilities, and, especially, continued support in basic research. Meeting this demand will not likely be possible with the approaches used today and may require new organizational mechanisms, sources of funding, and partnering with other agencies, the private sector, or other nations.