The achievements of any scientific society can be measured in a steady, slow pace of change or in major, dramatic advances. In 1987, AGU produced both kinds of achievement.
The Union continued to meet obligations to member geophysicists and the geophysics community by publishing more scientific papers, holding more meetings, and reaching more people than ever before. The details of this work follow. What is not discussed here and what of course constitutes the true measure of success is the achievements of the Union's individual members and of geophysicists around the world.