Climatology: The impact of the seventies and the challenge for the eighties
A succession of climatic vicissitudes during the 1970s have focussed attention on some of the major problems that will confront humanity during the 1980s and the 1990s, and how man - using information about the climatic resource - can make better decisions. Fundamental to these better decisions is the need to focus attention on the exchanges of heat, water, and momentum that occur at or near the earth's surface. Since the decisions to be made involve, among other things, food production, energy consumption, and environmental pollution, they will have wide-ranging political, social, and economic implications. This paper focuses on the important role of the "geographical climatologist" in meeting these challenges.