This, the Fifth Donald L. McKernan Lecture in Marine Affairs, analyzes the scientific and political aspects of the World Climate Program (WCP) and its predecessor, the remarkably successful Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP). Both programs join oceanographers and meteorologists in common endeavors of great world significance and have other similarities. But more important are certain contrasts in the scientific and political forces bearing on these programs and changes in circumstances that must be understood if the GARP experience is to provide reliable guidance in planning and executing WCP in the years ahead. This analysis leads to a suggestion that contrasts with the approach now being considered for WCP and that offers a fresh start in organizing WCP so it can provide what we now need.

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1 Presented on 3 and 4 May 1982 as the fifth in the series of Donald L. McKernan Lectures in Marine Affairs of the Institute for Marine Studies, College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. Supported by Washington Sea Grant.