The Nature of Rural Public Opinoin to Rainmaking in Western Australia


  • G R McBoyle Department of Geography University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario


The apparent success of cloud seeding attempts by local farmers in the Northern Wheatbelt of Western Australia in 1977 and 1978 led to the funding by local farmers and State Government of a three-year cloud study to ascertain the viability of a long-term cloud seeding program. To assess local social attitudes to the technology, a survey was carried out in early 1981 in the cloud study area and in two regions downwind. The results shed light on the rural public’s perception of the technology; their belief in the efficacy of cloud seeding; their attitudes to liability and authority; their fears of side effects; and their views of economic benefits and losses.




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