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Climate; Climatic changes


In this paper, the interrelated issues of understanding climate and its importance are addressed through consideration of three factors. Considered first are the general views of climate, as seen by three principal groups who deal with climatic conditions; the public, the weather-sensitive sectors, and the scientific community. The second consideration is how the atmospheric sciences community and climatologists specifically, have helped society function. Finally, activities and knowledge of climate which are changing over time, are assessed. I want to stress these are views· developed over 43 years as an atmospheric scientist. I have had the privilege of conducting a wide variety of applied and basic research, of directing a large and challenging group of research scientists for two decades, and operating a climatic advisory business serving government agencies and private companies for more than a decade.

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