Energy & the Environment
New York State
New York City
Data Explorer http://www.osti.gov/dataexplorer/
Use the DOE Data Explorer (DDE) to find scientific research data - such as computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images - generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research in various science disciplines. The DDE includes a database of citations prepared by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) based on the information found at data-hosting Web sites.
Use the browse by drop-down menu to search by content type or subject.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System http://www.itis.gov/
Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Click on the data access button on the left to access hierarchical reports and to download information.
National Biologic Information Infrastructure http://www.nbii.gov/
The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. This resource includes databases, an image library, e-journals, and much more. Full use of the site may require some expertise in the sciences, but there is material for all levels of users.
National Environmental Data Index http://www.nedi.gov/nedi-bin-new/searchfulltext_nedi.pl
Here you can conduct a full text search across multiple agencies, or select one agency and retrieve environmental data or legislative information.
USGS Natural Disasters Pages http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/
Use this portal to learn more about earthquakes, floods, landslides, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanoes.
Science Accelerator http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/
Science Accelerator searches scientific resources, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. Science Accelerator was developed and is made available by OSTI as a free public service.
Search by key resources here http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/resourcedescriptions
Both options have good help screens.
Toxicology Data Network http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/
Search databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases here. You can also link to the environmental health and toxicology portal through this site.
Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources and Environment
Find information here on the Forest Service, National Water Management Center, Conservation and Environmental Policy, Volcano Cam, Plants Database , Invasive Species Gateway, Soils, and Irrigation.
Department of Energy
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. Resources are organized for:
Researchers http://www.energy.gov/forresearchers.htm, and
Glossary of Energy Terms and Definitions http://www.eia.doe.gov/glossary/index.html
Science and Technology Resources http://www.energy.gov/sciencetech/index.htm
The DOE is the single largest Federal government supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. There are data sets here, but it requires work on the part of the searcher to locate them and perhaps expertise in the field.
National Energy Policy Report http://www.energy.gov/about/nationalenergypolicy.htm
This page includes a status report from January 2005.
Energy Statistics http://www.eia.doe.gov/
Includes Forecasts, State & Country Data, with International and U.S. Energy Outlook Reports.
Use the A-Z directory at the top right of the page for topical browsing.
Energy Sources http://www.energy.gov/energysources/index.htm
Energy Efficiency http://www.energy.gov/energyefficiency/index.htm
This site includes information on the management of radioactive waste, climate change and clear air, soil and water. You can also learn about how the government is reducing its environmental impact through the Federal Energy Management Program.
Prices and Trends http://www.energy.gov/pricestrends/index.htm
Find Annual Energy Outlook, Annual Energy Review, and energy statistics here.
National Security http://www.energy.gov/nationalsecurity/index.htm
Information on cyber security, nuclear security, facility security and weapons of mass destruction can be found here.
Safety and Health http://www.energy.gov/safetyhealth/index.htm
Country Analysis Briefs http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/contents.html
This country specific information is provided by the Energy Information Administration.
International Energy Annual http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/contents.html
The International Energy Annual (IEA) is the Energy Information Administration’s primary report of international energy statistics. For many series, data begin with the year 1980 and extend through 2005. Included are data on energy consumption and production; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity, as well as carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels, petroleum prices, energy reserves, and population ; and data unit conversion tables.
Department of the Interior
The DOI is the nation's principal conservation agency. Their mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Program http://www.fws.gov/endangered/wildlife.html
Find species information, reports, and maps here.
Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends.
Brose by topic http://www.epa.gov/epahome/topics.html
or use an alphabetical list of all topics http://www.epa.gov/ebtpages/alphabet.html
Terms of Environment http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/
Glossary, abbreviations and acronyms
Where you live http://www.epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm
Learn about the environment in your community, including air and water quality and regulated businesses in your neighborhood.
Envirofacts Data Warehouse http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/ef_overview.html
This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information.
Pesticides, Toxics, and Chemicals http://www.epa.gov/epahome/pestoxpgram.htm
Pollution Prevention http://www.epa.gov/epahome/p2pgram.htm
Wastes and Recycling http://www.epa.gov/epahome/wastepgram.htm
Educational Resources http://www.epa.gov/epahome/educational.htm
For Kids http://www.epa.gov/kids/
National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences – NIEH
Scroll down the page for information on environmental agents, environmental science basics, and the National Toxicology Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration http://www.noaa.gov/
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
A national weather map that includes forecast information and Doppler radar, as well as air and water quality.
Past Weather http://www.weather.gov/climate/
National Ocean Service http://www.noaa.gov/ocean.html
NOS measures and predicts coastal and ocean phenomena, protects large areas of the oceans, works to ensure safe navigation, and provides tools and information to protect and restore coastal and marine resources.
Real-time imagery, environmental, geostationary and polar satellites.
Protecting marine mammals, sea turtles, habitats, statistics, economics, and enforcement.
El Niño & La Niña, global warming, drought, climate prediction, archived weather data, paleoclimatology.
Environmental labs, air quality, atmospheric processes, climate and human interactions.
Coastal services, products, Great Lakes, coastal zone management.
Charting & Navigation http://www.noaa.gov/charts.html
Nautical & navigational charts, mapping, remote sensing, safe navigation.
National Park Service
Not only can you learn more about our national parks and plan a trip, you can also find scientific information in the following categories: air, biology, geology, sounds, and water at this site. Use the navigation bar on the right hand side of the screen.
U.S. Geological Survey http://www.usgs.gov/
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
Browsable science areas include Biology, Geography, Geology, Geospatial, and Water.
Browse by discipline, geographic area, or science topic here http://www.usgs.gov/science/
Publications Warehouse http://infotrek.er.usgs.gov/pls/htmldb/f?p=127:2:3003189363241246905
This resource contains bibliographic citations for over 70,000 publications, full product and thematic map content for over 40,000 publications, and the USGS numbered series begun in 1880. Resources found here may be free or may require purchase.
National Geological Map Database http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/
Your Geoscience resource for maps and related data about: geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology. Here you’ll find links to the Geoscience Map Catalog, with four search options; the
Geologic Names Database; and Mapping in Progress. There is also a topographic maps link that has information on how topographic maps are made and how to read them.
Find print and digital maps here - some are free and some require payment.
Environmentally Linked Health Issues http://health.usgs.gov/
Resources found here include studies, data sources and publications.
Educational Resources http://education.usgs.gov/
Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, education (K-12), and university-level inquiry and research.
U.S. Board on Geographic Names http://geonames.usgs.gov/
Sharing its responsibilities with the Secretary of the Interior, the Board promulgates official geographic feature names with locative attributes as well as principles, policies, and procedures governing the use of domestic names, foreign names, Antarctic names, and undersea feature names.
New York State
Environment Page http://www.nysegov.com/citGuide.cfm?superCat=396
Follow links to Air, Land & Water, Disability Issues (Environment), Environmental Protection, Environmental Regulation, Initiatives and Funding Programs, Natural Disaster, Natural Resource, and Regions.
New York City
Environment Page http://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.8f7a5f0894101de6a62fa24601c789a0/
Follow links to Water, Noise, Air Quality, Recycling, Hazardous Materials, and Environmental Reviews.
Activities of the European Union – Energy http://europa.eu/pol/ener/index_en.htm
Activities of the European Union – Environment http://europa.eu/pol/env/index_en.htm
Activities of the European Union – Fisheries and Maritime Affairs http://europa.eu/pol/fish/index_en.htm
Prepared by Professor Jane Cramer and Anne Deutsch