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COVER: The Day It Happened, the oil painting reproduced on the cover of this book, is the work of Ilana Cernat of Bat-Yam, Israel. Dr. Cernat is linked to the world of intermediate-scale climate change through her son Michael Ghil, a member of the panel on Climate Variability on Decade-to-Century Time Scales. The Day It Happened (1988) is one of several of her paintings that express her concern for the future, particularly what sort of world we will be leaving to the generations to come. A lawyer by training and profession, Dr. Cernat began studying painting in her teens. Her work has been exhibited in Romania, Hungary, Israel, and the United States, and hangs in collections in other countries as well. Her 1989 painting The Eye of the Storm appeared on the cover of the 1995 NRC report on natural climate variability on decade-to-century time scales.
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