Our Changing Planet: The FY 1998 U. S. Global Change Research Program

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DIANE Publishing, 1997 - 118 pages
Presents an overview of the 1998 research program which focuses on four key areas of Earth system science that are of significant scientific and practical importance: Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability; Climate Change Over Decades to Centuries; Changes to Ozone, UV Radiation, and Atmospheric Chemistry; and Changes in Land Cover and in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems. Appendices include the proposed budget for 1998, FY96-FY98 budget by agency and program, explanatory notes, and contact information. Maps, graphs, and tables.

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