PROGRAM TITLE: 	Data Management, Access, and Integration 
ACTIVITY STREAM: 	Observations/Data Mgmt. 
SCIENCE ELEMENT: 	Data Base Development and Information 
Management 
BUDGET LINE ITEM: 	EPA, OARM, Data Integration 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION AND RESOURSES MANAGEMENT

SCIENTIFIC MERIT: This program develops the needed data management, 
metadata, and infrastructure for inter and intra agency data exchange.  
This involves the development of GCDIS interoperable inventory, search, 
browse, and order capabilities with key Agency databases for use by the GCRP. 
This program follows work performed in FY 93 and 94 with CIESIN and the 
EPA's ongoing information infrasturcture development for geographic 
initiatives, research, and public access to environmental data. Specifically, 
the program includes development of a catalog system which is interoperable 
with GCDIS, connectivity over the Internet, a relational database 
containing extractions from key EPA data systems (Envirofacts), and GIS 
connectivity to the database (Gateway). The program represents a long term 
EPA commitment to environmental data integration and access.

STAKEHOLDERS: This program enables EPA to provide data from its 
focused program as well as data collected for other regulatory and scientific 
purposes to other agencies within the GCRP, the scientific community, the 
states, and the international community. Data on pollutant sources and sinks, 
emissions factors and inventories, ecological monitoring and assessments, 
effect of pollutants on human and ecological health, and other existing data 
will be critical to developing integrated GCRP assessments in both the short 
and long term.

POLICY RELEVANCE: Contributes to the 1995 and subsequent IPCC 
Assessments as well as contributing to answering GCRP questions related to 
human and natural forcing factors, ecological change and biodiversity, 
human dimensions interactions, and comprehensive assessments; as well as 
the following major milestones in the U.S. GCRP:

OBSERVING SYSTEMS AND DATA MANAGEMENT; Information 
Management, 1991-1995 Milestones: Global Change and Information System 
(GCDIS) initiated, Global change master directory becomes operational; 1996-
2000 Milestones: Researcher access to existing socio-economic data bases 
established, Global Change and Information System (GCDIS) expanded, and 
Satellite/in situ data integration supported.
 
PROGRAM CONTACTS: 	Dr. Thomas Mace, USEPA/NDPD (MD-34), 
Research Triangle Park, NC  27711, 919-541-2710, FAX 919-541-1191

Dr. Jack Durham, U.S. EPA/OEPER (RD-682), 401 M. St, SW, Washington, DC 
20460,  202-260-8930,  FAX 202-260-6370