FIVE MYTHS OF COMMERCIAL METEOROLOGY BY MICHAEL R. SMITH Debunking misunderstandings between the public and private sectors. or over five decades, the meteorological commu- lication of the "Policy Statement on the Weather Ser- nity has been discussing the relationship between vice/Private Sector Roles." A comparison of the 1948 the private and public sectors in meteorology. repor t and the 1991 report indicates a remarkable At issue is to what degree applied meteorology similarity in the issues considered. should continue to reside outside of the mainstream This debate continues because, unfortunately, the of the American economy. Should government (and issue has never been resolved. In the view of man y in government-funde d entities) continue to take the commercia l meteorology, the 1991 public-private dominan t role? Or, should the private sector's ability partnershi p policy has not been completely success- to efficiently provid e the products and services re- ful. The National Weather Service (NWS) has created quire d by business and the public lead it to play a product s and services that traverse the guidelines set larger role than it does today? fort h in the 1991 statement. Other federal agencies In 1948, a committee reported to
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 2, 2002
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