bal change research program and increase opportunities to initiate collaboration.
Global change is a current priority of the Pacific Science Association, which could be an organizing force for increasing China's participation in international global change research.
Collaboration on paleoclimate would provide foreign access to these valuable and often unique data and would facilitate the addition of predictive capacities to existing Chinese strengths in descriptive paleoresearch. Collaboration would facilitate the consideration of relationships with the broader global system that may have driven some of these past phenomena.
Establishing policies that promote the availability of data and that limit the cost of data acquisition to reasonable cost recovery will make collaboration more attractive to foreign scientists.