It was right down to business at a workshop organized by the Global Energy and Water-cycle Experiment Continental-scale International Project (GCIP) in Silver Spring, Md., from May 9 to 10, 1996. More than 40 atmospheric and hydrological scientists from government and academia met to review past progress and guide scientific priorities within NOAA's and NASA's research programs into coupled hydrologic-atmospheric modeling.

Given GCIP's dual goals of improving weather and climate prediction for North America at timescales up to interannual, and of providing hydrological interpretation of these predictions, the workshop focused on research that addresses three questions: To what extent is meteorological prediction at daily to seasonal timescales sensitive to hydrologic-atmospheric coupling processes? To what extent can meteorological predictions be hydrologically interpreted? And how can models of relevant hydrologic-atmospheric coupling processes be improved to enhance meteorological and hydrological prediction?