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October 2, 1978
Malawi Foress Assessing* Coster Approved for Release: 2018/02/07 C00=147111ffill air � a/ Scientific Intelligence Weekly Revkiv. � 2 Ckteber 197$ ra APR '145-� APPr77 77! Approved for Release: 2018/02/07 C00122640 Approved for Release: 2018/02/07 C00122640 USSR: Increased Emphasis on Weather Modifica- tion Research The upgrading of the Soviet Main Adminis- tration of the, Hxd,rometeorological Service to a State Committee will result in an in- creased emphasis on weather modification. 11111ii 1111111111. 2 Oct k?R - 111.k6- "r 8 Approved for Release: 2018/02/07 C00122646 Approved for Release: 2018/02/07 C00122640 USSR: Increased Emphasis on Weather Modification Research One of the results of the elevation of the Main Ad- ministration of the Hydrometeorologioal Servicie (GUMS) to a State Committee will be a freater em hasis on weather modi ication research 1,8 w urt er strengt sr: the Sovtet weather modiftoation program, wkich already is on of the largest in the world. J In terms of manpowAr and funding, the Soviet civil weather modification program is several times larger than the combined US civil and military programs. The reported increase in emphasis will probably be aimed largely at reducing weaknesses than at broadening the scope of the Soviet program, although there likely will be some of the latter also. , The most obvious weaknesses of the Soviet program are in experimental design and instrumentation. Soviet practice has been to carry out experiments without proper consideration for verification techniques. .This problem can be alleviated by having good statisticians involved in both the design of the experiments and the analysis of the results. The instrumentation problem has been -4radually improving, and this trend probably could be accelerated by purchasing some Western equipment. The scope of the Soviet weather, modification pro� gram has been broadening for the past 10 years and is now a very comprehensive program. The Soviets have begun an intensive study of typhoons in recent years that may be expanded to include modificati n e similar to the USPoetStormfury. 8 111111101110 2 Oct 78 cw, APR 1995, Ai'; .:4E3 FE RHEA:1E Approved for Release: 2018/02/07 C00122640