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The AirData Web site gives you access to air pollution data for the entire United States that includes the "six criteria pollutants" as defined by the Clean Air Act. AirData produces reports and maps of air pollution data based on criteria that you specify.
Climate of 2003 (US and Global Climate Perspectives)   
Climate perspective reports (monthly climate reports, climatic extremes, global surface temperature anomalies, etc.) for the year 2001, from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).
Demographic Data Viewer (DDViewer)   
Generate maps of 1990 US Census data down to the blockgroup level for any county, combination of counties, or state in the US.
Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center   
The EROS Data Center (EDC) stores, processes, and distributes a variety of data, including cartographic data, satellite data, and aircraft data. The EDC houses a variety of USGS digital cartographic data products. The EDC's archives also hold the world's largest collection of civilian remotely sensed data covering the Earth's land masses, housing millions of satellite images and aerial photographs. As part of its role as a data archive, the EDC operates the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive, a legislatively mandated program designed to maintain a high quality data base of space-acquired images of the Earth for use in studying global change and other related issues.
Emissions and Generation Resource Integrated Database (E-GRID)   
The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (E-GRID) is a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of all electric power generated in the United States.
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.
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.
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Research Data   
NCAR maintains a large collection of atmospheric and oceanographic data for use in climate research. The NCAR Research Data page gives you access to these collections, along with important information about the collections and their use, as well as links to other research data held elsewhere.
NOAA Satellite Active Archive   
The Satellite Active Archive is NOAA's on-line facility for the distribution of NOAA and US Department of Defense Polar-Orbiting Satellite data and derived satellite products.
Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES)   
This database contains data from both intervention and non-intervention scenarios of future emissions of greenhouse gases, supporting the activities of the IPCC Special Report on Emission Scenario (SRES). The goal of the SRES was to provide a basis for analysis of potential future climatic changes and associated impacts as well as a reference for socio-economic analysis of long-term mitigation options. Several of the scenarios are the results of an integrated assessment (IA) model - they take into consideration the interactions between energy, economy, and land use changes.
U.S. Emissions Inventory - 2002  2002
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2000. Central to any study of climate change is the development of an emissions inventory that identifies and quantifies a country's primary anthropogenic sources and sinks of greenhouse gases. This current inventory adheres to both (1) a comprehensive and detailed methodology for estimating sources and sinks of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, and (2) a common and consistent mechanism that enables signatory countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to compare the relative contribution of different emission sources and greenhouse gases to climate change. Moreover, systematically and consistently estimating national and international emissions is a prerequisite for accounting for reductions and evaluating mitigation strategies.
USDA Global Change Program Office   
The USDA Global Change Program Office (GCPO) 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. The Office also serves as USDA's focal point for climate change issues and is responsible for coordinating activities with other Federal agencies, interacting with the legislative branch on climate change issues affecting agriculture and forestry, and representing USDA on U.S. delegations to international climate change discussions.

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