The AGU and international participation (guest editorial)


  • Carl Kisslinger


The geophysical sciences have served effectively as a medium for improving and preserving communications and exchanges between nations. Often this has required crossing barriers that had been erected along the complex paths of international relations. The nature of our subject matter is such that for progress to be made toward the solution of many of the most important problems, geophysicists must be freed from constraints imposed by international boundaries, at the very least with regard to access to data. The immediate applicability of so much of our work to practical problems and the resulting self-interest of nations, if not more altruistic motives, have kept the lines of contact open most of the time even between countries where relations are strained.