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Biosphere

  • Biodiversity Bibliography: Ecology, Economics, and Policy. This site is a bibliographic index compiled by scientists from the University of Minnesota and contains approximately 4000 references on various aspects of biodiversity and conservation. The bibliography uses Procite bibliographic software, which allows web-users to conduct searches using a general word search in all indexed fields (such as author and year) on the initial search page. Users can also search all non-indexed fields (such as title and abstracts) using the advanced search feature. Recent articles have abstracts included while most of the older articles do not. Articles can be searched according to category or by keyword list. (more info)
  • GLOBIO: Modelling Human Impacts on the Biosphere . The Global Methodology for Modelling Human Impacts on the Biosphere (GLOBIO) relates thousands of scientific studies on environmental impacts to risk on ecosystems by the use of different buffer zones from infrastructure. By linking risk of impact to human expansions in different ecosystems and regions with satellite imagery, available resources and infrastructure, overviews of the past, the current and the possible future with continued growth in infrastructure can be derived. Maps of impacts are available for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Polar regions, and West Asia. Users may search the site by region. Posters are available from the regional pages. Press releases and a newsletter are also offered. (more info)
  • Portal Long Term Research in Ecological Biodiversity. This site provides a summary of an on-going ecological biocomplexity research project that began in the mid-1970's. Coined the "Portal Project," because of its location near the southeastern Arizona town of Portal, research has been conducted on 24 plots for over 20 years. This research primarily focuses on the interactions of ants, rodents, and desert plant species. The summary provided on this website is broken into 5 sections: Site Description & Methods, Weather, Rodents, Ants, and Plants. Each of these sections provides images and text regarding conditions or responses observed over the course of this study. (more info)
  • SFRSF: Invasive Exotic Species. This South Florida Restoration Science Forum (SFRSF) site discusses the problem of invasive exotic species in southern Florida. Topics covered include what invasive species are, where they come from, where they exist at this time, what controls them, their effect on restoration, the use of natural enemies to tame some invasive plants, and what can be done about other invasive animals and plants. There are links provided for additional information. (more info)
  • TerraViva! World Resources. This global data visualization software puts state-of-the-science environmental and socioeconomic data sets on the user's desktop and offers a quick look at complex issues through the rapid integration of geostatistics, map imagery, textual resources, and plotting tools. Statistical databases include the World Resources Institute Database and the CIA World Factbook Database. Any variable from either database can be instantly visualized as a dynamic color-coded world map. Data can be retrieved and plotted as histograms, scatterplots and other standard graphical displays. A suite of thematic maps provides 5 arc minute renditions of Earth science data products derived from NASA, USGS, International Global Biosphere Programme, and other sources. Thematic maps include elevation and depth, population density, USGS Land Cover, night lights, national and sub-national political boundaries, maximum greenness, mean annual temperature, and mean annual precipitation. Textual resources include a searchable database of environmental treaties and country studies. Supported with a suite of projections, the user may view the world in geographic, Interrupted Goode Homolosine, Robinson, or orthographic projection. (more info)
  • US Global Change Research Program. This site contains a variety of information related to global change research and specifically the research efforts of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Some of the sections on this site include global change data from a variety of government agencies as well as reports from national and international research projects. Frequently updated lists of new research findings and calls for proposals are frequently accessed services of this website. Some of the topics covered on this site are: atmospheric composition, climate variability and change, global carbon and water cycles, and land use / land cover change. (more info)