TABLE 4.1 Percentage Growth in Real-Dollar Funding and in the Size of the Space Physics Research Field

 

Percentage Growth

Item

1974-1990

1981-1989

AGU Space Physics Community

90

50

AAS Solar Physics Community

40

Federally funded basic research

100

55

NASA/OSSA research funding

45-60*

NSF research funding

30

* See Table 3.1.

FIGURE 4.3 Measures of space physics growth.

of space physics abstracts is also shown for the last nine years. The meeting attendance increased from 1974 to 1991 by the same factor of two that describes the growth in AGU membership (Figure 4.1) with the number of abstracts increasing by an even greater factor of about three. Figure 4.3 also shows the attendance at meetings of two prominent international scientific organizations that include space physics as a major element of their activities—the Committee



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