Priorities of developing countries in weather
and climate related activities
World Development, Volume 7, Number 3, March 1979, pages 337-347.
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The LDC performance is crucially dependent on climate, and the application of climate sciences can produce substantial benefits. This paper discusses: (1) the state-of-the-art and the potential of: climatology, weather forecasting, weather modification, and long-term trends in the Earth’s climate; (2) economically attractive applications and research; (3) available climate-related capabilities in LDCs; and (4) rough estimates of costs, benefits, lead-times and institutional requirements for investments in weather and climate. Immediate investment in applied climatology and operationally oriented weather prediction is found highly desirable. The benefits would be substantially higher than costs if investments respond to priority needs. International cooperation would reduce cost and lead-times for LDCs.