Comment on “Informatics and the 2007–2008 Electronic Geophysical Year”



In the article by D. N. Baker et al. on informatics and the Electronic Geophysical Year (see Eos, 89(48), 25 November 2008), “informatics science” rather than “science” should have been noted on the horizontal beam in Figure 2 indicating “the pillars supporting state-of-the-art science.” I stared in puzzlement at the figure before I realized that—although not stated—the figure applies to this narrow (the authors probably consider it as broad) area of science. My sensitivity about this matter is probably due to my having always felt that AGU—to the detriment of its scientific activities—downplays the importance of measurement science and technological advances, two essential pillars of support for its activities.