Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Free exchange of weather data secure for now


  • M. Catherine White


A resolution adopted by the World Meteorological Organization reinforcing the free and open international exchange of weather data is being lauded by the U.S. research community. The resolution, which was adopted on June 25 at the WMO's Twelfth Congress in Geneva, settled a divisive debate—at least for now—that strikes at the heart of international cooperation in scientific research.

“The resolution protects the whole scientific community from having an international body adopt a restrictive practice that could eventually spread to other data sets,” according to Richard S. Greenfield, Director of the NSF's Division of Atmospheric Sciences. In particular, the resolution ensures free and unrestricted access to all data and products exchanged under WMO auspices for non-commercial use by the research and education communities.