Atmospheric Data Websites for All

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For those wanting information or data about carbon dioxide and its impact on our atmosphere, including many other climate change issues, the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) will prove to be an excellent resource to have on hand.

Mr. Thomas Boden serves as director of the CDIAC, which provides data and information to requests from users worldwide who are investigating the greenhouse effect and global climate change. This comprehensive information is available to all seekers, even for those who contend there isn’t such a thing as a greenhouse gas effect.

Visitors to this website will discover a number of useful links, depending on how deep they wish to drill.

According to the CDIAC, its data holdings include the following:

  • 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
  • the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea level

CDIAC is supported by the DOE’s Climate Change Research Division of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research. Dr. Wanda Farrell serves as DOE program manager for CDIAC, representing the Department in the Global Change Data and Information System.

The CDIAC also oversees the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, which has served as the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since 1982.

CDIAC is the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the DOE. CDIAC is located at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The following entities are linked to CDIAC’s data management support for major projects, including the AmeriFlux Network, providing continuous observations of ecosystem level exchanges of CO2, water, energy and momentum at different time scales for sites in the Americas; the Ocean CO2 Data Program  of CO2 measurements taken aboard ocean research vessels; DOE-supported FACE, featuring  experiments which evaluate plant and ecosystem response to elevated COconcentrations, and NARSTO, which assesses ozone and fine particle processes in the troposphere over North America.

Visitors may find too much in the way of complex government layers, however, the information contained in the these sites is of considerable importance.

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