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Alaska Synthetic Aperture Radar Facility (ASF)
ASF's primary mission is to acquire, process, archive, and distribute satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data.

AVHRR Oceans Pathfinder Sea Surface Temperature Data
Sea surface temperature data from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Pathfinder Project at the Physical Oceanography Data Acquisition and Archive Center (DAAC) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)
Trace gas emissions and atmospheric concentration, ocean chemistry, vegetation response, climate, land-use, ecosystems and coastal hazards.

Defense Environmental Network and Information eXchange (DENIX)
DENIX provides the general public with timely access to environmental legislative, compliance, restoration, cleanup, safety and occupational health, security, and US Department of Defense guidance information.

EarthExplorer (USGS)
Query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products through the U.S. Geological Survey.

El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Home Page (NOAA)
How large is this El Niño? What is the El Niño forecast? How will El Niño affect the US? How will El Niño affect the world? What is El Niño and where can I learn more? What are we doing to learn more about ENSO?

EPA Aerometric Information Retrieval System (AIRS)
Computer-based inventory of airborne pollution for the US and for selected World Health Organization (WHO) member countries.

EPA's Envirofacts Warehouse
A single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data.

Earth Observing System Data Gateway
Search for, browse, and order Earth Science data from various participating archive centers around the globe.

EPA's Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (E-GRID)
The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (E-GRID) is an integrated source of data regarding environmental characteristics of electric power generation. An integration of 12 different federal data bases, E-GRID provides air pollutant emission and resource mix information for thousands of individual power plants and generating companies for 1996. E-GRID provides emissions per unit of electricity, permitting direct comparisons of pollution levels from different power sources. E-GRID also shows, for individual plants, companies, states, and regions, the amount and percentage of power from different resources, such as coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind. E-GRID is accessible through a user interface or by viewing spreadsheets.

Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (EDC DAAC)
Access to land-related remote sensing data, including ASTER and MODIS data from Terra, Landsat 7 data, as well as global 1 Km AVHRR data.

Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS)
The Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS) is the set of individual agency data and information systems that support global change research supplemented by a minimal amount of crosscutting new infrastructure, and made interoperable by the use of standards, common approaches, technology sharing, and data policy coordination.

Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)
NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) is a comprehensive directory of descriptions of data sets of relevance to global change research. The GCMD database includes descriptions of data sets covering climate change, agriculture, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere & oceans, geology, geography, and human dimensions of global change.

Global Observation Information Network (GOIN) Project
The Global Observation Information Network (GOIN) was implemented under the United States-Japan Framework for a New Economic Partnership which was initiated in April 1993 by the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Japan. GOIN is a cooperative effort between the United States and Japan to strengthen bilateral cooperation in Earth observation information networks, involving both satellite and in-situ data.

Global 1 Km AVHRR Dataset
The data set is composed of 5-channel, 10-bit, raw AVHRR data, at 1.1-km resolution (at nadir) for every daily afternoon pass over all land and coastal zones using data from NOAA's polar-orbiting TIROS.

Global Hydrology Resource Center
Located at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Global Hydrology Resource Center archives and distributes hydrologic cycle data.

Goddard Earth Sciences Distributed Active Archive Center (GES DAAC)
One of NASA's Earth Observing System data centers, the GES DAAC archives and distributes data and information about the upper atmosphere, atmospheric dynamics, and the global biosphere.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second Assessment Report Bibliographic Data Base
With the assistance of the IPCC WGII Technical Support Unit (TSU), GCRIO obtained the complete set of bibliographic citations that are contained in each of the three volumes of the SAR. These references were provided by Cambridge University Press as a public service. GCRIO constructed a WWW interface that allows free-text searches using the citation (title, journal name).

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (JPL DAAC)
One of NASA's Earth Observing System data centers, the JPL DAAC archives and distributes data relevant to the physical state of the oceans.

Langley Atmospheric Sciences Data Center
One of NASA's Earth Observing System distributed active archive centers (DAACs) , the Langley DAAC archives and distributes Earth Science data in the areas of aerosols, clouds, tropospheric chemistry and radiation budget.

National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
The NBII is an electronic gateway to biological data and information maintained by federal, state, and local government agencies; private sector organizations; and other partners around the nation and the world.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Research Data Archives
Many atmospheric, oceanographic, and geophysical data sets and metadata from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

NOAA National Climatic Data Center
On-line Satellite Catalog Request System (OSCAR)
Satellite Active Archive System (SAA)

NOAA National Geophysical Data Center
Marine Geology and Geophysics Databases
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program Data

National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC)
The National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC) was established by the U.S. Congress in the Energy and Water Act of 1990. NIGEC's mission is to assist the United States in its response to human-induced influence on the environment by pursuing excellent research in the field of global climate change.

NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center
Global Temperature-Salinity Pilot Project (GTSPP) Database
NOAA Coastwatch Archive and Access System (NCAAS)
Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSICS)

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Archives and distributes snow and ice, cryosphere and climate data.

NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory
The Aeronomy Laboratory is one of twelve Environmental Research Laboratories in the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Aeronomy Laboratory conducts fundamental research on the chemical and physical processes of the Earth's atmosphere. This research concentrates on the lower two layers of the atmosphere -- the troposphere and the stratosphere.

NOAA Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory
Data from long-term measurements of important atmospheric trace gases, aerosols, and solar and terrestrial radiation.

NOAA Environmental Services Data Directory
The NOAA Environmental Services Data Directory is a forms-based tool that allows users to search metadata for publicly available environmental data held by public and private sources throughout the world. Metadata are available for data in the following areas: climatology, meteorology, ecology, pollution, geology, oceanography, and remote sensing. The NOAA Environmental Services Data Directory describes the holdings of all three primary NOAA National Data Centers.

NOAA Office of Global Programs
The Office of Global Programs (OGP) leads the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. NOAA has the primary responsibility within the Federal Government to routinely provide climate forecasts and products to the Nation. OGP assists in this capacity by sponsoring focused scientific research, within approximately eleven research elements, aimed at understanding climate variability and its predictability. Through studies in these areas, researchers coordinate activities that jointly contribute to improved predictions and assessments of climate variability over a continuum of timescales from season to season, year to year, and over the course of a decade and beyond.

NOAA Satellite Active Archive
The Satellite Active Archive (SAA) contains a complete inventory of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) level 1b datasets archived by NOAA.

PACRAIN: The Pacific Rainfall Data Base
Daily rainfall observations from 1971 to the present for the tropical western Pacific Ocean.

SeaWiFS/CZCS Browse
Browse images of the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) and SeaWiFS data from the SeaWiFS Project at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)
One of NASA's Earth Observing System data centers, SEDAC archives and distributes data on the human dimensions of global change.

US Climate Divisions Plotting Page
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Climate Diagnostics Center, The US Climate Divisions Plotting Page allows you to view maps of temperature, precipitation and the Palmer Drought Severity Index for the 48 contiguous states for the time period 1895 to the present.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Global Change Research Program
The Forest Service Global Change Research Program provides the scientific basis to address three broad questions concerning global change and forest ecosystems (1) What processes in forest ecosystems are sensitive to physical and chemical changes in the atmosphere? (2) How will future physical and chemical climate changes influence the structure, function, and productivity of forest and related ecosystems, and to what extent will forest ecosystems change in response to atmospheric changes? (3) What are the implications for forest management and how must forest management activities be altered to sustain forest productivity, health, and diversity?

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Global Change Program Office
The USDA Global Change Program Office operates within the Office of the Chief Economist and functions as the Department-wide coordinator of agriculture, rural and forestry-related global change program and policy issues facing USDA. The Office ensures that USDA is a source of objective, analytical assessments of the effects of climate change and proposed mitigation strategies.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Environment Web Site
The USGS' mission is to provide the nation with reliable, impartial information to describe and understand the earth. This web page outlines the goal of the USGS environment program -- to provide the understanding and scientific information needed to recognize and mitigate adverse impacts and to sustain the environment. There are many links on this web page: to Ecosystems and Management; Anthropogenic and Natural contaminants; Global Change; and Policy and Guidance. There are also links to other USGS theme areas, environment-related fact sheets, and the environment theme coordinator.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Global Change Research Program
The USGS Global Change Research Program contributes to the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) by documenting the character of environments in the past and present, and by documenting the geological, hydrological, geochemical, and geophysical processes involved in environmental change.

USGCRP Global Change Seminar Series
The USGCRP Global Change Seminar Series is organized by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Each session offers a presentation and discussion of a topic drawn from the latest scientific studies of the global environment and its interaction with societal activities and the economy. The format is designed to encourage consideration of important research findings in the context of the issues facing decision makers. The topics and speakers are selected for their potential interest to a wide audience, both governmental and nongovernmental.


CIESIN Data Set Guides
The descriptive information presented provides guidance in assessing the relevance and appropriateness of individual data resources, and assistance in their use. Each data set guide includes an abstract describing the content and purpose of the data resource, information on existing documentation, availability of the data, access instructions, contact information, references to related data sets as well as links to other information resources.

CIESIN Demographic Data Viewer
Generate maps of US Census Data down to the blockgroup level for any county, combination of counties, or state in the US.

CIESIN Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI)
Data base of major environmental treaties and agreements. Find important policy instruments by keyword or country and find out which countries are signatories. Links to the full text of treaties and to treaty summaries are provided.

CIESIN Gateway
Provides single point access to a distributed set of directory and inventory servers throughout the world. Users can move from directories to inventories and from either directories or inventories to html-based guides.

Climate Ark
A climate change portal is dedicated to promoting public policy that addresses global climate change through reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions, energy conservation, alternative energy sources and ending deforestation.

Earth Science and Technology Organization (ESTO) of Japan
ESTO was established to promote the integration of research within the fields of earth sciences. To this end, ESTO engages in research and international exchanges, as well as public, domestic and foreign information campaigns in cooperation with the academic and industrial communities, and with government services.

Electronic Development and Environment Information System (ELDIS)
A searchable and browsable catalog of Environment and Development materials. Most of the information accessible through ELDIS are electronic. Some full-text documents are also available. ELDIS is provided through the British Library for Development Studies.

Integrated Population, Land Use and Emissions
SEDAC has linked georeferenced population data with gridded 1-kilometer seasonal land cover data from the EROS Data Center and developed interactive access services to make these integrated data available over the Internet. Selected data products for the U.S. are available now, including an archive of Census-related products.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Data Distribution Centre
The IPCC Data Distribution Centre facilitates the timely distribution of a consistent set of up-to-date scenarios of changes in climate and related environmental and socio-economic factors for use in climate impacts assessments.

International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI)
The mission of the IRI is to continually assess and develop seasonal-to-interannual climate forecasts, and to foster the application of such climate forecasts to the explicit benefit of societies.

IRI/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Climate Data Library
The IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library at Columbia University contains a wide variety of earth science data, primarily oceanographic and atmospheric data sets.

Ionia 1-km AVHRR Global Land Dataset
European Space Agency (ESA) Browse of the 1-km AVHRR Global Land Dataset.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
NCAR carries out important research activities in several scientific divisions and programs -- working together with member universities on a broad range of investigations to better understand our Earth's climate systems.

Ocean Network Information Center (OCEANIC)
OCEANIC provides inventory-level metadata for many products derived or generated as part of both the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and the Tropical Ocean - Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Project.

University of Rhode Island Sea Surface Temperature Satellite Image Archive
This site provides access to the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography's archive of sea surface temperature satellite images. These images are processed Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data from NOAA satellites. The images depict sea surface temperature.

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