As expected, President Reagan's revisions to the budget request made in January by then-President Carter slash R&D funds; most geophysics programs barely keep pace with inflation under the plan. Reagan had outlined proposed cuts in late February (Eos, March 3, p. 90) and on March 10 filled in the details and chopped an additional $13.8 billion from the total budget. Of the agencies and programs impacting geophysicists, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is probably the hardest hit, with a reduction of 24% from Carter's January proposals.
Total budget under the Reagan plan is $695.3 billion, down from Carter's proposed $739.3 billion (Eos, February 10, p. 49). Congressional action could alter the budget, however.