Climate change: A view from Congress



Those of us studying the global climate change problem over the years have witnessed many great achievements and experienced many frustrations. The scientific community can be very proud of its many achievements, such as improvements in monitoring techniques, space-borne instrumentation,, and high-speed computers that allow the global synthesis of information at an unprecendented scale. The frustrations, as well as the challenges, lie mainly in the many uncertainties remaining in understanding our everchanging atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Frustration can also be found in the difficult task of maintaining adequate funding for climate research.