The View From the Castle: Weather prediction is not enough: what's needed is an early-warning system to monitor change in the environment

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley introduces two articles about environmental prediction featured in this month's issue of the Smithsonian magazine. A brief overview describes the plans for using mechanical monitors and plant or animal sentinels as a global early-warning system of pollutants. Ripley also highlights several pioneer weather projects by former Smithsonian Secretaries and tells how these past projects are being used today.


  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Center for Short-lived Phenomena (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Meteorological Project
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 1, no. 2 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 1970


  • Environmental policy
  • Castle View
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Ecology
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental protection

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