But while access to DOD data could be a boon to global change scientists, some of them worry about ties with the military
WASHINGTON--The Department of Defense is planning a dramatic increase in its support of environmental research that could provide scientists with valuable data and resources in their study of global change.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has proposed DOD's first-ever direct contribution next year to the government's interagency global research program, and last month Congress approved a plan to give civilian scientists access to certain DOD data, computer time, and other departmental resources.

The Pentagon's increased involvement could be a boon to the thousands of climatologists, atmospheric and ocean scientists, and computer modelers who monitor and study changes in the earth's climate. Access to data collected by military submarines that patrol beneath the Arctic Circle, for example, could provide information on ice compactness and thickness that is...

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