IN BOX INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS A Meteorological Community Project in South Africa BY LIESL L. DYSON n a 2006 BAMS article, Washington et al. express concer n regarding the state of climate research in Africa . The y list th e shortage of long-ter m an d reli- able climate observations as well as the shortage of climate scientists as tw o majo r constraint s on Africa n climate science. The y stated tha t only nin e articles with lead author s fro m Afric a have appeare d in tw o climate- related journal s in the period of 2002-04 . Further investigation reveals tha t all of thes e author s were fro m scientific institution s in South Africa. Sout h Afric a ha s th e largest economy in Africa, wit h a gross domestic produc t (GDP) of $576.4 billion (U.S. dollars) in 2006. Thi s is aroun d 25% of the entire African continent s GDP. Educatio n is th e largest category of government spending, wit h jus t over $14 billio n (U.S. dollars) made available by th e South Africa n governmen t for educa- FIG. I. Th
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Published: Feb 1, 2008
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