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NERC Foliar Chemistry Database part of Datasheets
This interactive site provides access to a large database of foliar chemistry for the northeastern US. The elements and compounds in the databse are Ca, Al, Mg, Mn, P, K, Sr, nitrogen, lignin, cellulose, hydrogen, ...

Utilizing National Wetland Inventory (NWI) shape file datasets for import into MyWorld part of Datasheets
The NWI provides data in ESRI Shape file format. The datasets are queried by state and 100K or 25K USGS quadrangle. Data fields include freshwater emergent wetland, freshwater forested/shrub wetland, freshwater ...

Decision Making Using GIS Climate Change Simulation Data part of Datasheets
GIS Climate Change Scenarios project is conducted by the NCAR GIS Initiative and intended to serve a community of GIS users interested in global climate change. This GIS data portal provides access to free global ...

Exploring Changes in Air Quality Using Aura Tropospheric NO2 Data part of Datasheets
This site provides processed global data in image form illustrating tropospheric NO2 concentrations.

Exploring Forest Extent, Composition and C Storage using US Forest Inventory and Analysis Data & Reports part of Datasheets
1987, 1992, 1997 data on U.S. forest acreage, ownership, carbon stock, and change in carbon stock by state/region and forest type. For 2002, forest age by region, and the above categories.

Exploring Aerosol Optical Thickness Using MODIS Satellite Imagery in NEO part of Datasheets
"Aerosol Optical Thickness is the degree to which aerosols prevent the transmission of light" in the atmoshpere.1 "An aerosol optical thickness of less than 0.1 indicates a crystal clear sky with ...

GeoMapApp part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
Submitted by Andrew Goodwillie, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory General description GeoMapApp , a free Java(tm)-based tool which works on any type of computer, allows a broad range of geoscience data sets ...

Google SketchUp part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
submitted by Jaime Toro, West Virginia University General Description SketchUp is a 3D drawing tool designed primarily for architectural applications, however with a little bit of ingenuity it can be used to make ...

Dynamic Digital Maps part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Tool Sheets
submitted by Christopher D. Condit, University of Massachusetts Amherst General Description A Dynamic Digital Map (DDM) is a computer program that provides a framework for displaying the high quality color maps of ...