Technology has propelled the atmospheric sciences from a fledgling discipline to a global enterprise. Findings in this field shape a broad spectrum of decisions—what to wear outdoors, whether aircraft should fly, how to deal with the issue of climate change, and more.
This book presents a comprehensive assessment of the atmospheric sciences and offers a vision for the future and a range of recommendations for federal authorities, the scientific community, and education administrators.
How does atmospheric science contribute to national well-being? In the context of this question, the panel identifies imperatives in scientific observation, recommends directions for modeling and forecasting research, and examines management issues, including the growing problem of weather data availability.
Five subdisciplines—physics, chemistry, dynamics and weather forecasting, upper atmosphere and near-earth space physics, climate and climate change—and their status as the science enters the twenty-first century are examined in detail, including recommendations for research. This readable book will be of interest to public-sector policy framers and private-sector decisionmakers as well as researchers, educators, and students in the atmospheric sciences.
Table of Contents
|Part I: 1 Introduction||11-16|
|2 Contributions of the Atmospheric Sciences to the National Well-Being||17-27|
|3 Scientific Imperatives and Recommendations for the Decades Ahead||28-45|
|4 Leadership and Management Challenges in the Decades Ahead||46-60|
|Part II: 1 Atmospheric Physics Research Entering the Twenty-First Century||61-106|
|2 Atmospheric Chemistry Research Entering the Twenty-First Century||107-168|
|3 Atmospheric Dynamics and Weather Forecasting Research Entering the Twenty-First Century||169-198|
|4 Upper Atmosphere and Near-Earth Space Research Entering the Twenty-First Century||199-271|
|5 Climate and Climate Change Research Entering the Twenty-First Century||272-324|
|Appendix A Acronyms and Abbreviations||339-345|
|Appendix B Listing of Reports by the Committee on Atmospheric Sciences and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Since 1958||346-348|
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