Accession Number:

ADA191488

Title:

An Update of Soviet Research on and Exploitation of 'Nuclear Winter,' 1984-1986

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1 Jun 1984-16 Sep 1986

Corporate Author:

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-09-16

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

The analysis of Soviet source materials shows that Soviet scientists have made only minimal contributions to nuclear winter research and that much of the published work has continued to be based on worst case war scenarios, parameters and values, and projection of climatic changes derived from seriously flawed 1983 models and computations in the U.S. and Soviet Union. For political and propaganda reasons, most Soviet open sources on nuclear winter have continued to ignore new Western and even some Soviet projections of more moderate climatic effects. It appears that Soviet efforts to model nuclear winter have run their course and that more emphasis will be placed on the synergistic effects of nuclear war on the ecology and atmosphere.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE