Sciences in Communist China: A Symposium Presented at the New York Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 26-27, 1960

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Meteorology, Hydrology, and Oceanography, 1949-1960

MALCOLM RIGBY, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts, Washington, D. C.


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Purpose

The object of this study is to organize and analyze available information on the status of and progress in meteorology, hydrology, and oceanography in continental China since 1949 in order to gain a perspective of the growth and potential of the scientists, institutions, publications, and public services, both with respect to the country itself, and to the other countries of the world.

This is a large order to fill in such a short time in view of the almost complete lack of communications between China and the United States during 1949-1958, and of the fragmentary material that only recently ( 1959-1960) became available. However, the amount of published material which accumulated in the last three months of 1960 was almost overwhelming, and hence its organization and analysis have necessarily been rather superficial.


Material Used

The present analysis is based on: (a) about 750 original scientific and technical articles or monographs published in China, eastern Europe, or Western journals during the last decade (Table I); (b) about 50 translations of Chinese articles furnished by the Library of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; (c) samples of the Chinese Daily Weather Map published in Peking (Figs. 2, 3, 4); and (d) data on the surface and upper air synoptic meteoro-

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