Debate over free exchange of data roils geophysical world


  • Julie Wakefield


As the information age impinges upon the world, issues surrounding the exchange of data are becoming increasingly contentious. In the geosciences, a leading area of concern is the free and open exchange of meteorological data.

In fact, the more than century-old tradition of the free exchange of international meteorological data may be in jeopardy, some American scientists worry. For starters, they cite the evolution of increasingly anticompetitive measures that violate “free market” concepts. And how this policy issue plays out may prove a bellwether for exchange of other forms of international environmental data, they say.