FY 1988 Federal Budget proposal: Outlook for geophysics again a mixed bag



A proposed 70% increase for the Global Geosciences Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a new start for a “Global Geospace Science” mission at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) were among the highlights for geophysics in the federal budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 1988 that the Reagan Administration submitted to Congress last month. Once again, large budget increases proposed for NSF and NASA contrasted with cuts proposed for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In addition, the grounding of the space shuttle fleet has stopped most of NASA's space science projects in their tracks for FY 1987 and FY 1988. (A federal fiscal year begins on October 1 of the previous calendar year.)