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Environmental Information

Making information about the  environment readily available to the public and others involves a range of issues, including:

  • How facts are developed from underlying data, hypotheses, assumptions, models, and interpretations; and how they are developed under different types of review and quality control;
  • Mechanisms for providing effective access to information and characterizing limitations placed on its use;
  • Tools  that allow one to visualize or interrelate information to gain a deeper or clearer understanding of an environmental issue in a particular situation or location; and
  • Individuals, organizations and resources that contribute to making environmental information more useful or available to wider audiences.

Many important and or/technical aspects of data and information management are included under a subtopic of that name.

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