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A joint meeting of scientists from the U.S. and the USSR to discuss cooperative physical oceanographic research in the North Pacific was held May 23–26, 1978, in Novosibirsk, USSR. Since the Russians were primarily interested in climate, they were particularly attracted by the North Pacific Experiment (Norpax) program, which has the overall goal of investigating the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere on long time and space scales. Although they expressed great interest in ocean forecasting on time scales (several days or less) of use to the oceanographer, they proposed two areas for joint research, both related to climate considerations and only incidental ly useful for short-term ocean prediction: (1) a study of the effect of sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies on precipitation and on the temperature of the atmosphere and (2) a study of the correlation between SST anomalies and summer cloud systems over the oceans. These areas overlap (1) with the Equatorial Dynamics Study (EDS) in Norpax, which is a component of the First Garp (Global Atmospheric Research Program) Global Experiment (FGGE) and which will observe the large-scale and long-term Pacific equatorial circulation fluctuations from January 1979 to July 1980, (2) with the Anomaly Dynamics Study (ADS), which is designed to investigate the mechanisms responsible for SST and upper ocean heat content anomalies in the mid-latitude North Pacific, and (3) with the Eastern Pacific Ocean Circulation Study (EPOCS) planned for 1979 by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.