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Improving access to and use of earth science dataLast Updated on 2013-10-22 23:34:26USGS Helps Debut New Technology to
Improve Access and Use of Earth Science Data
Researchers investigating global issues now have an easy method for finding and using earth science data through a new technology developed by the Data Observation Network for Earth, or DataONE.
Understanding broad and complex environmental issues, for example climate change, increasingly relies on the discovery and analysis of massive datasets. But the amount of collected data—from historical field notes to real-time satellite data—means that researchers are now faced with an onslaught of options to locate and integrate information relevant to the issue at hand.
DataONE, a ten-institution team with several hundred Investigators, including researchers from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is addressing this data dilemma with a number of cyberinfrastructure and... More »
World Environment Day: 5 June 2012Last Updated on 2013-10-19 00:03:55World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.
The theme of WED 2012 is "Green Economy: Does it include you?"
World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
Through World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
World Environment Day is also a day for people... More »
Freeway proximity and autism?Last Updated on 2013-09-14 23:34:22This study examined the association between autism and proximity of residence to freeways and major roadways during pregnancy and near the time of delivery, as a surrogate for air pollution exposure.
This research article, written by Heather E. Volk, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Lora Delwiche, Fred Lurmann, and Rob McConnell* appeared first in Environmental Health Perspectives—the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
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Residential Proximity to Freeways and
Autism in the CHARGE Study
Background: Little is known about environmental causes and contributing factors for autism. Basic science and... More »
Geophony, Biophony, and AnthrophonyLast Updated on 2012-08-09 00:00:00
What do these words mean? Biophony is the melodic sound created by such organisms as frogs and birds; geophony, the composition of non-biological sounds like wind, rain and thunder; and anthrophony, the conglomeration of noise spawned by human activity.
Studying Nature's Rhythms:
Soundscape Ecologists Spawn New Field
The following Discovery article is part is part four in a series on the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) investment. Visit parts one, two, three, five, six and seven in this series.
Listen to biophony, geophony, anthrophony: the 'music' of Planet Earth
The following is part four in a series on the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) investment. Visit parts one, two, three, five, six and seven in this series.
Geophony.... More »
U.S. Survey of State Government R&D ExpendituresLast Updated on 2012-08-04 00:00:00
NSF Report Detailing Nationwide and State-by-State
R&D Activities Performed by State Government Agencies
Agencies in the top five states accounted for 47 percent of all state agency R&D expenditures
The FY 2009 survey is the most recent NSF survey of R&D activities performed and funded by state government agencies in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. For the first time, NSF is publishing survey data by individual state agency. Credit: NSF
A report (FY 2009 Survey of State Government R&D Expenditures) released by the National Science Foundation (NSF) found state agency expenditures for research and development totaled $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2009, a 7 percent increase over the fiscal 2007 total of $1.1 billion.
The InfoBrief details nationwide and state-by-state totals... More »
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