In fulfilling its mission as a scientific society, the AGU serves scientists, engineers, and individuals with a multitude of occupations oriented toward geophysics. A broad diversity of interests is expressed in the membership, reflecting the many scientific programs encompassed by the AGU.
AGU membership has grown to over 10,000, and it becomes increasingly important to guard against an unwieldy or unmanageable structure that might tend to dilute the high intellectual structural standards of the society. Members who are scientists in the many areas of geophysics and who are actively conducting research contribute in a major way to the purpose of the AGU, and therefore their needs should be served. It is also acknowledged that the interests of geophysical science are furthered if scholarly participation can be encouraged by people whose work and occupations are only marginally associated with geophysics.