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Main Title Global Environmental Characterization: Lessons from the NOAA-EPA Global Ecosystems Database Project.
Author Kineman, J. J. ; Phillips, D. L. ;
CORP Author Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO.
Publisher 1993
Year Published 1993
Report Number EPA/600/A-94/015;
Stock Number PB94-141538
Additional Subjects Climatic change ; Ecosystems ; Environmental monitoring ; Information systems ; Global aspects ; Air-biosphere interactions ; Climate models ; Data bases ; Data base management ; Research programs ; Reprints ; Global Ecosystems Database Project
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB94-141538 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 14p
The paper discusses the need for better application of descriptive science methods in building integrated databases required by global change research. The concept of environmental 'characterization' is cited as an appropriate paradigm for defining this need. The role of characterization databases with respect to modeling and synthesis is discussed. An existing five year interagency project to develop a public 'global change' database is described. Preliminary lessons from this project imply a great need to bridge the gap between voluminous yet largely untested 'off the shelf' data on the one hand, and more focused quantitative information needed for coordinated global research on the other. Furthermore, it is apparent that more rigorous publication traditions for data (amalogous to those for literature), including open scientific review and testing of datasets, are necessary to improve the scientific and technical quality of descriptive information.