Publication Title

Natural Resources Journal


weather modification

Document Type



This article is designed to explore the optimal institutional structures that might be adopted by the federal government to manage weather modification. Should all federal weather modification activities be managed by a new department? Should these activities be carried out by one of the existing mission agencies, or by a new one? Should the various weather modification functions of research, operations, data collection, monitoring, coordination, comprehensive planning, project review, regulation, licensing, and indemnification all be carried by one federal agency, or should they be scattered among a variety of agencies? Should some be assigned to new entities not yet created? These are some of the questions that will be explored. No attempt will be made to design the ultimate form of federal organization that might most effectively carry out these various functions. Rather an attempt will be made to analyze the effects that a variety of different institutional arrangements might have.



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