Finding the Forest in the Trees: The Challenge of Combining Diverse Environmental Data

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During the last few decades of the 20th century, the development of an array of technologies has made it possible to observe the Earth, collect large quantities of data related to components and processes of the Earth system, and store, analyze, and retrieve these data at will. Over the past ten years, in particular, the observational, computational, and communications technologies have enabled the scientific community to undertake a broad range of interdisciplinary environmental research and assessment programs. Sound practice in database management are required to deal with the problems of complexity in such programs and a great deal of attention and resources has been devoted to this area in recent years. However, little guidance has been provided on overcoming the barriers frequently encountered in the interfacing of disparate data sets. This book attempts to remedy that problem by providing analytical and functional guidelines to help researchers and technicians to better plan and implement their supporting data management activities.
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Uses case studies to identify data management problems in long-term global change studies, and recommends guidelines for interfacing interdisciplinary environmental data, for researchers and technicians engaged in projects involving both geophysical and ecological issues. Includes information on the methodology of the studies, and analyzes projects in acid precipitation, drought, and oceanic fisheries. Also of interest to those involved in funding, managing, and evaluating activities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309050821
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/1995
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 12
2 Impact Assessment Project for Drought Early Warning in the Sahel 18
3 The National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program 30
4 The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Site 46
5 The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center 56
6 The First ISLSCP Field Experiment 66
7 The California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigation 74
8 Interfacing Diverse Environmental Data - Issues and Recommendations 81
App. A Case Study Evaluation Criteria 121
App. B List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 128
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