The United States Department of Energy and the People's Republic of China (PRC) Chinese Academy of Sciences signed an agreement on 19 August 1987 to carry out a joint research program on the study of CO2-induced climate changes. The joint program has four tasks—analysis of general circulation models (GCMs), preparation and analysis of proxy and instrumental data, the study of the relationship between large- and regional-scale climates, and CH4 measurements. The program structure, technical tasks, and the initial research progress are described.

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1 Department of Energy, Office of Energy Research, Washington, DC 20545.

2 Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

3 Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bureau of Resources and Environment, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

4 Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Cambridge, MA 02139.

5 Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Beijing, People's Republic of China.