Climatology and Weather

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QC 981 Climatology and Weather. General Works, Treatises, and Textbooks

Climate Literature Search

Summary:
The Climate Literature Search is an index to the Climate Bibliography of the Climate Data Library held within the WWW site of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) Climate Group. Through a searchable index, the user will find access to the library which "..contains [a] wide variety of earth science data, primarily oceanograhic and atmospheric datasets." LDEO's primary areas of research are: the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Monitor; topography data collection; historical temperature and precipitation data collection and preservation; ocean climatology; and the state of oceanic nutrients.
The bibliography is a searchable version of the Climate Data Library's BibTex reference list. Users need only to submit a keyword(s) to activate the search. Matching entries will contain the following information: author's name(s) (first initial, last); year of text's publication; title of the article; publication title; volume and issue numbers; and page numbers of the text. Listings are displayed alphabetically, according to the author's last name.
The index and its site are maintained by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LEDO) Climate Group; Columbia University, New York, New York.
To Search:
Submit keyword(s) into index search field. Matching entries will then be viewed.

QC 981.8.C5 Climatic Change

Global Change Data Centers

Summary:
Global Change Data Centers is a directory of centers within the Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS), which is a "...collection of distributed information systems operated by government agencies involved in global change research." These federal agencies, in turn, "...operate a large number of centers that receive, process, catalog, archive, and distribute data and information related to global change." At the top of the site's main page is a link to the US Global Change Research Program, as well as general information on the site.
Within the site's main page is a directory of data centers, divided by sponsoring government department: (1) Department of Commerce (six centers); (2) Department of Energy (three centers); (3) Department of the Interior (one center); (4) NASA (two centers); and (5) the National Science Foundation (one center). A center's title is a direct link to its WWW homepage. Users should view the site for complete center listings. Major centers featured include: (1) National Climactic Data Center (NCDC); (2) National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC); (3) National Energy Information Center; (4) USGS EROS Data Center; and (5) National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Also listed within the site's main page are World Data Centers contained within the United States, of which thirteen are provided. Titles are direct links to the center's WWW homepages. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to International Data Centers (nine listed) and to the GCDIS homepage. The site is sponsored by the Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS); Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select center from main page; titles are direct links to the WWW.

Global Climate Perspectives System (GCPS)

Summary:
Global Climate Perspectives System (GCPS) is a joint project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and two of its laboratories, the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) and the Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC). The goals of the GCPS are to "...study the existence and magnitude of climate change on a global scale...to create high quality global climate reference datasets and to provide access to those datasets...[and] to create a set of computer tools to aid in climate research."
Within the site's main page is a table of contents. Titles are direct links to projects or climatological datasets within the site. "Overview" provides general information on the site; "products" offers two links to sample products of the GCPS. Once arriving at the project's homepage, the user will have a table of contents, from which movement to information is originated. Within the "Climatological Datasets" group, accessing a dataset title produces a contents page, at times accompanied by a map or display. Contents typically feature: (1) Overview; (2) Description of dataset files; (3) Data access; (4) Questions and Comments;and (5) References. The first two content sections offer detailed descriptions of the dataset and search results. Data access offers links for obtaining a copy of the dataset via Mosaic, a downloading link, and an ftp access link. The questions area offers an e-mail link to contact the site's creators. References details the dataset's bibliography, with links to the sources.
Users should consult the site's main page for a complete list of all GCPS projects and datasets. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the NCDC homepage, to e-mail the site's creators, and to contact the NCDC by mail. The site is sponsored by Jon Eischeid and Bruce Baker of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC); Asheville, North Carolina.
To Search:
Select project or dataset title from site's main page; follow onscreen links to desired information.

Links to Internet Resources with Global Change, Earth Science, and Environmental Data Information

Summary:
Links to Internet Resources with Global Change, Earth Science, and Environmental Data Information is a search engine of The Global Change Master Directory (GCMD), whose mission is "...to assist the scientific community in the discovery of and linkage to Earth science data, as well as to provide data holders with a means to advertise their data to the Earth Science Community." The site's service (or search engine) can be used only with forms-capable browsers.
At the top of the site's main page is a keyword search egine. Below this portion is the area devoted to the major link categories -- found in both a table format and list format. Users can access a category from either format; upon selecting a category, an alphabetical listing of applicable WWW sites appears, each noted with only its title. Each site title is a direct link to its respective site on the WWW. Users should scroll to view matching site lists after choosing a link division.
Categories open for searching and viewing include: (1) atmosphere and climate; (2) geology and geophysics; (3) newsletters; (4) international organizations; (5) biosphere and environment; (6) oceans; (7) weather forecasts; (8) electronic journals; (9) U.S. Federal agencies; (10) educational materials; (11) land; (12) satellite data and images; (13) usenet newsgroups; (14) additional lists of links; (15) list servers; and (16) other WWW resources.
The site is sponsored by the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD); NASA; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Fill in keyword search engine or select link category from main page. Scroll through matching WWW sites list; titles of sites are direct links to the WWW.

Scientific Organizations and International Research Programs on Global Change

Summary:
Scientific Organizations and International Research Programs on Global Change is a directory compiled by the Canadian Global Change Program, while under contract to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The site offers a listing of organizations and research programs which focus on global change.
At the top of the site is the listing of organizations and programs; names are direct links to viewing the group's entry within the directory. Users can also scroll through the site to view its contents. An entry for an organization or program contains the following: (1) name or organization or program; (2) acronym for group; (3) description of organization (history, programs, goals); (4) key information sources; (5) contact information (business address, phone, fax, and e-mail information); and (6) site links for names listing, SD Directory, and exiting site. Within the key information sources section, titles of resources are direct links to the WWW.
The site is maintained by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Scroll through site contents. Or select organization name to move directly to its entry within directory.

QC 983 Climatology and Weather. Directories

WeatherNet

Summary:
"WeatherNet [is] the Internet's premier source of weather information ... providing access to thousands of locally-generated weather products and the Net's largest collection of weather links ... WeatherNet is the most comprehensive and up-to-date onramp to the world of weather data."
WeatherNet is brought to you by The Weather Underground at the University of Michigan.
Resources include: WeatherSites, the most comprehensive weather index on the Internet with [over] three hundred WWW, gopher, telnet, and FTP weather sites; USA Weather, witrh city-by-city forecasts, warnings, and weather graphics for each of the fifty states, Canada Weather, Radar and Satellite Products, and related specialized links (e.g. SkiWeather, Travel City Weather, WeatherMaps, WeatherSoftware).
WeatherNet was designed and is maintained by Michael MacDonald and is copyright by WeatherNet, Inc.
To Search:
Select general resource, review listings and select.

QC 991.A1 Climatology and Weather. Geographic Divisions. Africa

Climate Prediction Center - African Products

Summary:
Climate Prediction Center -- African Products is the homepage for the African Desk of the Climate Prediction Center, a partnership of the CPC (Climate Prediction center) and the African Meteorological and Climatic Services. The partnership, a project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), meets the need to "...train African scientists with state of the art methods of climate monitoring and prediction." The African Desk's programs include: "...(1) training, (2) climate product development and dissemination, (3) 10-day climate monitoring, (4) seasonal rainfall prediction, and (5) research." Data found within the site is retrieved from CPC data bases and satellite measurements.
Users will find eight subject categories. "Ten Day Station Data" and "Monthly Station Data" categories provide information on precipitation and temperature, via full-color maps. Users need only to select the area of interest within either of these categories to view the map in question. "Monthly Meteorological Parameters (GLOBAL)" offers the following: winds (mean and anomalies; 200mb and 850 mb); divergence (mean and anomalies; 200mb); sea-level pressure (mean and anomalous); mean OLR; OLR anomalies; and SST anomalies. In all cases, a map with an overlay of the parameter is displayed upon selection. "Seasonal Rainfall Outlooks" and "Ten Day Weather Summary" categories each display a full, written text description of the respective information.
"SSM/I Estimated Rain" reveals a month-based listing, from which the user can select a particular timeframe and view a full-color map of that month's estimated rainfall, along with a provided key to the map. "Seasonal Mean and Anomaly Rainfall Maps" features the CPC Assessment of the 1995-1996 Southern Africa Rainy Season, represented in a full-color map. Links are also available, in the site, to: the CPC WWW site homepage; the USGS homepage; the FEWS homepage; the USAID homepage; and at the bottom of the site are : weather sites on the WWW and WWW sites devoted to Africa.
The site is maintained by the Climate Prediction Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
To Search:
Select topic of interest from main page listings. Follow onscreen links to view maps, written texts, or other representations of data.
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