"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 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. In my mind, the most significant development in for investigating the broad spectrum of atmospheric atmospheric sciences during this century was that of phenomena. numerical modeling of the atmosphere, which can be Two general trends characterize the current great- divided into four phases: the "prelude" (-1950), the challenge third phase. One is the expansion of inter- "epoch making" first phase (1950-1960), the "mag- nal processes, as in the development of coupled nificent" second phase (1960-1990), and the "great atmosphere-ocean GCMs. The other is the use of challenge" third phase (1990-).
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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