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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1993
European climate research coordination was the main topic at a
September meeting of scientists in Copenhagen organized in behalf of the
European Community Commission. Recommendations for the direction of future
research were made. These include more emphasis on socioeconomic impacts in
physical and biological system research, and establishment of a European Climate
Computer Network and an easily accessible climatic database. (See Intl.
Environ. Rptr., p. 761, Oct. 20 1993).
"Bedtime Warming Baffles Climatologists," F. Pearce, New
Scientist, p. 15, Nov. 20. Report of a meeting of climatologists (College
Park, Maryland, Sep. 1993) where the main topic was the recently discovered rise
in nighttime temperature. They concluded that the finding highlights the
accuracy of current global climate models, but does not overthrow theories of
global warming, as some have claimed.
"Ancient Forests Muddy Global Warming Models," F. Pearce, New
Scientist, pp. 6-7, Nov. 27. Report of a workshop for paleobotanists (Univ.
East London, Nov. 1993). Current climate models cannot account for the existence
of tropical forests in the Arctic about 60 million years ago, no matter what
level of atmospheric CO2 is specified. Paleobotanists working in the Arctic
could learn much more about past atmospheric changes, including the state of the
"Long-Term NSF Network Urged to Broaden Scope," R. Stone, Science,
pp. 334-335, Oct. 15. An outside panel has made recommendations for improving
and broadening the scope of research based on the 18-site Long Term Ecological
Research (LTER) network in the U.S., such as taking account of human impacts on
the sites. Also discusses a role for LTER in a National Biological Survey
proposed by a National Research Council panel.
Environmental impacts of the ocean disposal of CO2 is a topic that the
U.S. Department of Energy is particularly interested in funding this year under
its University Coal Research Program. Contact Donna Lebetz, Pittsburgh Energy
Technol. Ctr., MS 921-118, POB 10940, Pittsburgh PA 15236.
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