A Perspective on Weather Control

by Richard A. Schleusener,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 73-78

Document Type: Journal Paper


Consideration is given to weather control on three scales: local weather systems, cloud and storm systems, and the global circulation system. It is noted that weather control can be accomplished on local weather systems by forceful intervention, such as construction of greenhouses or local frost-prevention measures. In cloud and storm systems, physical changes can be accomplished by using existing knowledge and available cloud-seeding technology. However, the effects of these changes are imperfectly understood, and for larger storm systems the effects are only the subject of speculation. Proposals for modification of the global circulation suffer the disadvantage that the possible deleterious effects of such actions create an unacceptable risk in the absence of adequate advance information on the probable results.

Subject Headings: Storms | Sustainable development | Frost | Risk management

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