Baton Rouge Biz Report: The Water Institute of the Gulf has an identity crisis

The close-knit community of coastal scientists was stunned earlier this summer when the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District announced he had indicted renowned coastal hydrologist Ehab Meselhe, along with a junior associate, for allegedly stealing intellectual property—coastal modeling software—from The Water Institute of the Gulf.

To many, the charges didn’t make sense. For one thing, Meselhe, who had recently left the Baton Rouge-based institute for a faculty position at Tulane University, has an impeccable reputation, both personally and professionally. For another, Meselhe had developed the software in question—the Basin Wide Model—with funding from the state using an open-source platform. In other words, the model was public, not proprietary.

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