Presidential Address: The future path of meteorology
The relationship of meteorology and technology is explained. The principal tasks facing meteorologists for the remainder of this century include developing a better understanding of the trace constituents of the atmosphere both aerosol and gaseous, the physics of clouds and radiative processes so as to be in a position to identify climatic trends whether they be natural or due to human activities. There are also requirements to improve weather forecasting and to contribute more to world food production. The role of the new technologies in achieving these objectives is considered.