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Environmental Sciences: Data Resources

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Data Libguides

Please refer to the Data Libguide by Ryan Womack, Data and Economics Librarian at Rutgers, for further help with data.

Environmental Data available on the Internet

NASA satellite image of northeast storm Image from NASA of storm over mid-Atlantic coast

Look at NASA's Image Gallery or get NASA's Image of the Day here.

National Geophysical Data Center - NGDC at NOAA

The National Geophysical Data Center NGDC is part of the National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration (NOAA). They provide geophysical data "from our Sun to Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space." Free data is available by direct download or from online access portals. Data is catagorized by subjects such as earthquakes or volcanoes, and also by type of data, such as GIS or satellite.

National Climatic Data Center - NCDC at NOAA

NCDC is also part of NOAA. "NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) maintains the world's largest climate data archive and provides climatological services and data to every sector of the United States economy and to users worldwide. Records in the archive range from paleoclimatic data to centuries-old journals to data less than an hour old." If you are just getting started with climate research, try their link New to Climate Information?

National Oceanographic Data Center - NODC at NOAA

"The NODC manages the world's largest collection of publicly available oceanographic data. NODC holdings include in situ and remotely sensed physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data from coastal and deep ocean areas...NODC data holdings extend back over one hundred years, and the volume is expected to grow exponentially as new ocean observing systems are deployed."  Data may be accessed through the Access Data link in left navigation menu.

Earth Observing System Data and Information System- EOSDIS at NASA

"The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is a key core capability in NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems Program.  It provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA’s Earth science data from various sources – satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and various other programs." Data types such as atmospheric, land, and ocean are available through icons on the home page. Tutorials and examples are available on the User Resources page.

The World Bank Environmental Data

"The Data Catalog provides download access to over 2,000 indicators from World Bank data sets...Data here cover forests, biodiversity, emissions, and pollution. Other indicators relevant to the environment are found under data pages for Agriculture & Rural Development, Energy & Mining, Infrastructure, and Urban Development."  Data topics are provided here.

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