February 28, 2007
GCRIO Program Overview
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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1996
CLIMATE CHANGE DATA
Finding the Forest
in the Trees: The Challenge of Combining Diverse Environmental Data, Natl.
Res. Council, Committee for a Pilot Study on Database Interfaces (G.B. Wiersma,
Chair), 129 pp., 1995, $25 (Natl. Acad. Press).
Uses six case studies to identify the most important data management
problems and issues associated with collecting, integrating and analyzing
environmental data over various spatial and temporal scales. Also addresses
barriers that arise in interfacing data of disparate sources and types; these
derive from the data itself, from user needs, from organizational interactions
and from system considerations. Emphasizes long-term global change studies.
The U.S. Global
Change Data and Information System Implementation Plan [GCDIS], U.S.
Office of Sci. & Technol. Policy, Committee on Environment and Natural
Resources Research, 159 pp., 1994 (printed May, 1995) (GCRIO).
The GCDIS is the set of individual agency data and information systems
supplemented by a minimal amount of new infrastructure. Users include global
change researchers, policy makers, educators, industry and citizens. Funding
proceeds through respective agency budgets, and coordination will be done
through the Interagency Working Group on Data Management for Global Change.
Essential to the success of the plan are adoption and implementation of data and
information management standards, and adherence to common data and information
policies regarding user access.
Information Network: Relationship of Consortium to Federal Agencies
(GAO/NSIAD-96-13), 27 pp., Oct. 1995. Single copies at no charge from U.S.
General Accounting Office, POB 6015, Gaithersburg MD 20884 (tel: 202 512 6000;
fax: 301 258 4066; e-mail: info@www. gao.gov).
Prepared at the request of the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of
Representatives (Robert S. Walker, Chair). Reviewed the activities of the
Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESEN), which
was established in 1989 as a private, nonprofit organization chartered by the
State of Michigan. As a consortium of university and nongovernmental research
organizations, CIESEN has received over $82 million in Federal funds through
June 1995 from NASA, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense
and the Environmental Protection Agency. Budgetary constraints will cause
funding from all but NASA to end. NASA has awarded some of its funds to CIESEN
on a noncompetitive basis; this report recommends that the agency should
determine whether there is justification for this.
Information Analysis Center and World Data CenterA for Atmospheric Trace
Gases. Annual Progress ReportFiscal Year 1994, M.D. Burtis, Compiler,
58 pp., 1995 (CDIAC).
Summarizes CDIAC's activities, with descriptions of current activities and
accomplishments in each of the center's major organizational units. Among these
are collaborating with the People's Republic of China on historical climate
data; enhancements to the computing system; archiving data sets; publishing
newsletters, reports, catalogs and fact sheets.
. . .Catalog of
Data Bases and Reports, M.D. Burtis, Compiler, 194 pp., 1995 (CDIAC).
These are among the areas included: U.S. Department of Energy Global Change
Research Program (program reports; research plans and summaries, and technical
reports); CDIAC reports; CDIAC numeric data and computer model distribution;
USDA reports on the response of vegetation to CO2.
Scientific Data on Our Physical Universe: A New Strategy for Archiving the
Nation's ScientificInformation Resources, National Research Council,
Steering Committee. . .on Long-Term Retention of. . .Records. . .(J. Dozier,
Chair), 67 pp., 1995, $25 (Natl. Acad. Press).
Most attention was devoted to data stored on electronic media, and the
long-term retention of data in the physical sciences. However, the distinctions
made between observational and experimental data and the data management
principals developed are broadly applicable to most data in the natural
sciences. Recommendations include adoption of the National Scientific
Information Resource (NSIR) Federation concept as an integral part of the
National Information Infrastructure (NII).
Ozone, CD-ROM, 1994, $49.95 (Lenticular Press).
Contains information from the NASA data base of Nimbus-7 TOMS stratospheric
ozone measurements, including daily and monthly maps for the entire globe in the
form of "QuikTime" movies, actual ozone measurements, definition of
terms, and ozone maps and charts in the form of Encapsulated PostScript files.
Suitable as a reference source for students and other appplications.
An Introduction to
Atmospheric and Oceanographic Data (NCAR-TN404), D.J. Shea, S.J. Worley et
al., 132 pp. Available from Natl. Ctr. for Atmos. Res., POB 3000, Boulder CO
80307 (303 494 1000).
Designed to be a data primer for students as well as those in other fields
of research who are interested in analyzing data in the atmospheric and
oceanographic sciences. Focuses on broad characteristics of the data sources and
data sets most commonly used and the formats used for their archiving. Also
includes addresses (conventional and electronic) of several major data centers,
and gives acronyms, abbreviations and jargon.
Master Directory, compiled by NASA. For information on worldwide electronic
access, or to list data sets in the GCMD, contact J.N. Scialdone, Hughes-STX
Corp., 7701 Greenbelt Rd., S. 400, Greenbelt MD 20770 (tel: 301 441 4214; fax:
301 441 9486; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contains over 3000 descriptions of available data sets and gives a point of
contact for each. Describes data held by NASA and other federal agencies, as
well as universities and research centers and other countries.
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations