The gap between the availability of information in developed and developing countries in climate and meteorology is described and detailed. The description is based on a recent survey of scientists around the world. The information divide results from the high costs of information and lack of resources in many countries and can be compounded by language difficulties and cultural differences. This has led to the breakdown in the flow of weather and forecast data, the flow of journals to developing countries, and the flow of the results of scientific work back to these same journals from developing countries. With the increasing electronic flow of information, many countries are also limited by costly and low-bandwidth access to the Internet. Several ideas for bridging the information divide are also presented, ranging from electronic distribution of journals, to increasing capacity to deal with information, to a commitment to include all users in new strategies for delivering information.
National Center for Atmospheric Research, * Boulder, Colorado
*The National Center for Atmospheric Research is funded by the National Science Foundation.