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Title: The Risks of Contracting the Acquisition and Processing of the Nation’s Weather and Climate Data to the Private Sector

Abstract

Here, we are deeply concerned with the trend toward the purchase of commercial weather and climate data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other government agencies that may follow. One major concern is for the stability of both the raw and processed forms of these datasets as commercial enterprises come and go. Also of concern is the loss of free, publicly available data, which provide the backbone for much of the non-profit research at universities, government laboratories, and other nonprofit organizations. Related to this latter point is the questionable practice of private companies gaining the rights over data collected by instruments paid for by United States taxpayers. This letter highlights recent events that prompted our concerns and provides arguments in favor of maintaining an open and free data policy, which has established the United States as the global leader in supporting weather and climate operations, applications, basic research, and education.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [1];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [9];  [10];  [11];  [12];  [9];  [13];  [14];  [2];  [15];  [16] more »;  [1];  [11] « less
  1. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)
  3. National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico, Mexico City (Mexico)
  4. NorthWest Research Assoc., Redmond, WA (United States)
  5. Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States)
  6. Univ. of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, WI (United States)
  7. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
  8. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
  9. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (United States)
  10. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
  11. Univ. of Miami, Miami, FL (United States)
  12. Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  13. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  14. Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States)
  15. Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States)
  16. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1479400
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-0007
Publisher:
American Meteorological Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Serra, Yolande L., Haase, Jennifer S., Adams, David K., Fu, Qiang, Ackerman, Thomas P., Alexander, M. Joan, Arellano, Avelino, Back, Larissa, Chen, Shu -Hua, Emanuel, Kerry, Fuchs, Zeljka, Kuang, Zhiming, Mapes, Brian, Neelin, David, Raymond, David, Sobel, Adam H., Staten, Paul W., Subramanian, Aneesh, Thompson, David W. J., Vecchi, Gabriel, Wood, Robert, and Zuidema, Paquita. The Risks of Contracting the Acquisition and Processing of the Nation’s Weather and Climate Data to the Private Sector. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0034.1.
Serra, Yolande L., Haase, Jennifer S., Adams, David K., Fu, Qiang, Ackerman, Thomas P., Alexander, M. Joan, Arellano, Avelino, Back, Larissa, Chen, Shu -Hua, Emanuel, Kerry, Fuchs, Zeljka, Kuang, Zhiming, Mapes, Brian, Neelin, David, Raymond, David, Sobel, Adam H., Staten, Paul W., Subramanian, Aneesh, Thompson, David W. J., Vecchi, Gabriel, Wood, Robert, & Zuidema, Paquita. The Risks of Contracting the Acquisition and Processing of the Nation’s Weather and Climate Data to the Private Sector. United States. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0034.1.
Serra, Yolande L., Haase, Jennifer S., Adams, David K., Fu, Qiang, Ackerman, Thomas P., Alexander, M. Joan, Arellano, Avelino, Back, Larissa, Chen, Shu -Hua, Emanuel, Kerry, Fuchs, Zeljka, Kuang, Zhiming, Mapes, Brian, Neelin, David, Raymond, David, Sobel, Adam H., Staten, Paul W., Subramanian, Aneesh, Thompson, David W. J., Vecchi, Gabriel, Wood, Robert, and Zuidema, Paquita. Fri . "The Risks of Contracting the Acquisition and Processing of the Nation’s Weather and Climate Data to the Private Sector". United States. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0034.1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1479400.
@article{osti_1479400,
title = {The Risks of Contracting the Acquisition and Processing of the Nation’s Weather and Climate Data to the Private Sector},
author = {Serra, Yolande L. and Haase, Jennifer S. and Adams, David K. and Fu, Qiang and Ackerman, Thomas P. and Alexander, M. Joan and Arellano, Avelino and Back, Larissa and Chen, Shu -Hua and Emanuel, Kerry and Fuchs, Zeljka and Kuang, Zhiming and Mapes, Brian and Neelin, David and Raymond, David and Sobel, Adam H. and Staten, Paul W. and Subramanian, Aneesh and Thompson, David W. J. and Vecchi, Gabriel and Wood, Robert and Zuidema, Paquita},
abstractNote = {Here, we are deeply concerned with the trend toward the purchase of commercial weather and climate data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other government agencies that may follow. One major concern is for the stability of both the raw and processed forms of these datasets as commercial enterprises come and go. Also of concern is the loss of free, publicly available data, which provide the backbone for much of the non-profit research at universities, government laboratories, and other nonprofit organizations. Related to this latter point is the questionable practice of private companies gaining the rights over data collected by instruments paid for by United States taxpayers. This letter highlights recent events that prompted our concerns and provides arguments in favor of maintaining an open and free data policy, which has established the United States as the global leader in supporting weather and climate operations, applications, basic research, and education.},
doi = {10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0034.1},
journal = {Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society},
number = 5,
volume = 99,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}
}

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