The Line Islands Experiment has resulted in unique and comprehensive data for studies of the meteorology of the equatorial Pacific. It is one of several recent field programs in tropical meteorology designed to attack the central problem of scale interactions, especially the role of convective and mesoscale systems. Some of the recent evidence is reviewed that indicates the importance of these interactions in understanding the non-steady state aspects of tropical disturbances. A variety of results from the Line Islands Experiment are summarized, with emphasis on their relevance to the planning of GARP tropical experiments.

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1 The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.