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HSPV Summer Institute

Guide to research at Fisher Fine Arts Library for new HSPV students

Energy & Environment Websites

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) Includes tabular data downloads related to fossil fuel emissions, trace gas emissions, atmospheric trace gas & aerosols, oceanic trace gases, carbon cycle, terrestrial carbon management, vegetation response to CO2 & climate, climate, and land-use & ecosystems.

Digital Coast - NOAA Coastal Services Center Data for coastal areas of the United States includes Hydrography, Elevation, Imagery, Land Cover, Ocean Planning, Benthic habitats and Socioeconomics. Includes tools and tutorials for coastal inundation studies.

DOE and NREL Energy Datasets Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in support of the Open Government Initiative to make energy data transparent, participatory, and collaborative.

EnviroMapper This Web site 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.

Environmental Protection Agency eGRID The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) is a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of almost all electric power generated in the United States. These environmental characteristics include air emissions for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide; emissions rates; net generation; resource mix; and many other attributes.

EPA Geospatial Data To improve public health and the environment, the EPA collects information about facilities or sites subject to environmental regulation. The EPA Geospatial Data Access Project provides a downloadable files of these facilities or sites in the following formats; extensible markup language (XML) file, keyhole markup language (KML) file, ESRI Shapefile and ESRI Feature Class.
Global Change Master Directory Search for a variety of energy, environment, and climate related data sets.
NASA's Earth Data Website land, ocean and atmosphere data
National Air Toxics Assessments  The National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) is EPA's ongoing comprehensive evaluation of air toxics in the U.S. EPA developed the NATA as a state-of-the-science screening tool for State/Local/Tribal Agencies to prioritize pollutants, emission sources and locations of interest for further study in order to gain a better understanding of risks. They include Emission density maps, data tables, data summaries, and data sources.
National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) Database The National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) began as a cooperative venture between the USGS and State geological agencies in 1975 and focused on the stratigraphy and chemistry of coal.
National Renewable Energy Lab Technology-specific GIS data for biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and renewable hydrogen. 10km and 40km solar datasets are available for the United States and some international sites. 50m wind datasets are available for specific states, regions and some international sites. 25km wind datasets are available for the United States. 90m offshore wind datasets are available for the United States offshore areas.
US Department of Energy Data Explorer 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.
US Department of Energy Wind Resource Map The U.S. Department of Energy provides an 80-meter (m) height, high-resolution wind resource map for the United States with links to state wind maps.

US Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Maps Exploration, resources, reserves and production

US Fish and Wildlife Service Geospatial Services Various environmental and conservation datasets are available for the US (hydrology, habitats, ecosystems, etc.)
USGS Energy Data Finder Download GIS and tabular data, databases, geospatial web services (ArcGIS, WMS, KML)

USGS Protected Areas Database Comprehensive US Protected Areas Database downloadable in geodatabase format.

World Protected Areas Database Global dataset of terrestrial and marine protected areas (downloadable in shapefile and KMZ formats).

Weather & Climate

USGS Hazards Data Distribution Find aerial images from natural hazards, including snowstorms, floods, fires, etc. Choose a disaster from the drop down menu and then enter a date range (optional) and click Search.
National Climatic Data Center A collection of climatic data that offers public access and consumption via discovery and ordering services. The data available through CDO is available at no charge and can be viewed online or ordered and delivered to your email inbox.
CISL Research Data Archive The Research Data Archive is managed by the Data Support Section of the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) Includes tabular data downloads related to fossil fuel emissions, trace gas emissions, atmospheric trace gas & aerosols, oceanic trace gases, carbon cycle, terrestrial carbon management, vegetation response to CO2 & climate, climate, and land-use & ecosystems.
Climate Data Online Climate Data Online (CDO) provides free access to NCDC's archive of historical weather and climate data in addition to station history information. These data include quality controlled daily, monthly, seasonal, and yearly measurements of temperature, precipitation, wind, and degree days as well as radar data and 30-year Climate Normals.
National Hurricane Center Hurricane GIS data for the US, often going back to 2008.
National Weather Service GIS Data A variety of weather data in shapefile format for the US.
WorldClim WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of about 1 square kilometer.
CRU TS 2.1 Climate Database The CRU TS 2.1 Global Climate Dataset is comprised of 1224 monthly time-series of climate variables, for the period 1901-2002, covering the global land surface, excluding Antarctica, at 0.5 degrees resolution. The nine climate variables available through this dataset are: daily mean, minimum and maximum temperature, diurnal temperature range, precipitation, wet day frequency, frost day frequency, vapor pressure and cloud cover.