The President's Page: Opportunity and challenge


  • Homer E. Newell


As we enter upon this next biennium, the American Geophysical Union has before it a time of both exciting opportunity and great challenge. A greatly expanded understanding of earth dynamics beckons, as fascinating new results literally pour forth on the earth's crust and penetrate its interior. With the aid of space techniques a considerable increase in the accuracy of the models of the earth's figure and gravitational field may be expected. The remotest reaches of the oceans and seas are probed as the practical man's interest in the promise of the ocean is joined with the scientist's interest in its mysteries.