"Millennium Perspectives" is a special year-long section celebrating the new millennium. AMS Fellows, as recognized leaders in the fields served by the AMS, were asked to reflect on the close of this millennium and contribute brief essays on what they believe were significant issues or developments in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. They were also asked to predict what they believe will be the great challenges or developments yet to come. A selection of essays will be published throughout the 2000 volume year. We thank those Fellows who have and continue to share their thoughts. We hope you find "Millennium Perspectives" interesting as well as thought provoking. On the most elemental level, the developments of with numerical modeling of the ocean-atmosphere the past half-century can be described simply as hav- system. Third, isotopic analysis of ice and sediment ing transformed a data-poor field to a data-rich one. cores have made it possible to read records of climate This occurred through familiar but remarkable devel- change extending hundreds of thousands of years into opments in instrumentation and data acquisition and the past with exquisite detail. processing that have made remote sensing and/or nu- These achievements did not
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 2000
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