CDIAC: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center

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This site is the homepage of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) which includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases. CDIAC is the primary global-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). CDIAC responds to data and information requests from users from all over the world who are concerned with the greenhouse effect and global climate change. CDIAC's data holdings include records of the concentrations of carbon dioxide and other radiatively active gases in the atmosphere; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea level. In operation since 1982, CDIAC: obtains, evaluates, and archives data, compiles and distributes digital numeric data packages and computer model packages, provides data management support to global-change related scientific projects, distributes related reports, produces the newsletter, CDIAC Communications, and in general acts as the information focus for the U.S. DOE Global Change Research Program. CDIAC is supported by DOE's Environmental Sciences Division of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. CDIAC represents DOE in the multi-agency Global Change Data and Information System.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Climatology :Atmospheric gases, Geoscience:Oceanography, Hydrology, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Greenhouse gas emissions, Paleoclimate records, Biology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Atmospheric structure and composition, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Maps, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Tools, Tools, Datasets
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Data Derived: Data Derived
Data Source: Synthetic/Model Data, Observational Data
Science Background Required: Basic scientific background required
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water