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A 5-year, international scientific program is under way to study and describe in detail the earth's cloud cover. In the hope that it will contribute to our understanding of how clouds affect, and are affected by, weather and climate, the United States, Canada, Japan, India, and several nations of the European community are participating in the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project. The project will use data from an array of earth-orbiting satellites to inventory the whirling clouds below.