The Changing Culture of Atmospheric Science

Ronald M. Errico

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


In June 2000, I published a letter to the editor of the AMS Bulletin entitled "On the Lack of Accountability in Meteorological Research." In it, I claimed that there are unacceptable levels of error in peer-reviewed literature, failures at scientific meetings, and deficiencies in the proposal- granting process. My 4-page letter could neither present much evidence nor describe the real depth of the problem. In this seminar, I will present some of the evidence and describe some of the consequences that I have observed. These consequences reflect dramatic changes in the fundamental ways in which science is defined, motivated, performed, evaluated, rewarded, and managed. What must be done in response to increase scientific integrity and success will be outlined.

* This seminar does not necessarily reflect the views of any organizations.