Future forecasts

Published: Sunday 31 January 1999

Researchers from over 60 countries gathered in Paris, France, recently to draw out an international programme of research on climate variability called CLIVAR. The programme could help predict the world's weather for years ahead. However, the researchers have also warned that CLIVAR will only be successful if governments contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in funds. CLIVAR will operate under the United Nation's World Climate Research Programme and has no independent source of funds. The scientists dismissed the view that that the weather was inherently chaotic. "We can start to see into the future," said E Sarachik, an oceanographer at Seattle University in USA, who helped write the plan.

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