AUTHORCommittee on the Atmospheric Effects of Nuclear Explosions
TITLEThe Effects on the Atmosphere of a Major Nuclear Exchange
PUBLISHERNational Research Council
CITYWashington, D.C.

Prepared by by a committee of the United States Academy of Sciences, this report assesses information on the atmospheric effects of nuclear war. It uses a baseline assumption of a nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, and analyzes the effects of dust, fires, and chemicals, as well as interactive effects on the atmosphere. The report uses climatic data from volcanic eruptions and extraterrestrial impacts as analogs. It contains a summary and conclusions; the uncertainities in models used to predict results limit the conclusions, and additional research is recommended. An appendix chronicles the evolution of knowledge of long-term nuclear effects. The report was prepared in 1983-84 at the request of the Department of Defense.

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