Cover Osteuropa 10/2009

In Osteuropa 10/2009

Weather War and Climate Change
Meteorology in the Cold War

Klaus Gestwa, Boris Belge

Deutsche Fassung


In the Cold War, meteorology was a substitute battlefield of the superpowers. Scientists and soldiers dreamt of changing contrary climate conditions and using the forces of nature to conduct war. At the same time, given the global nature of their field of research, meteorologists communicated and cooperated with one another despite the Iron Curtain. The international structures created at the time have considerably contributed to the rise of meteorology as the “megascience” of climate change.

(Osteuropa 10/2009, pp. 15–42)