policy forum Free Information Exchange and the Future of European Meteorology: A Private Sector Perspective Pirkko Saarikivi,* Daniel Soderman,+ and Harry Newman* As the new century begins, meteorology in Europe and creatively to new technological challenges such as is at a crossroads. Over the past 20 years, many Na- the emergence of Internet-linked mobile WAP-phones, tional Meteorological Services (NMS) moved away and to provide important value-added products. from their traditional roles and began to commercial- We believe the NMSs will continue to have an ize access to the observational data they monitor and extremely important role in Europe. They maintain the collect. Though seemingly satisfying short-term bud- fundamental weather science infrastructure, which getary necessities, the restrictions on the free flow of consists of observation networks, communications information that have resulted from this change in and computer systems, and meteorological databases. policy and practices have had a serious effect on These will remain essential for research and for the weather and climate research and forecasting across basic weather information upon which all citizens the Continent—and will, unless they are remedied depend. In addition, the NMSs provide key "public soon, threaten the development of European meteorol- good" services such as official
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