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Title: Regional environmental studies: application of the Geoecology Data Base. [County level studies]

Abstract

Regional studies examine the spatial, temporal, and functional characteristics of geographic areas whose size and boundary configuration often depend on the definition of a particular problem. Thus, reference may be made to ecological, urban, economic, political, or abstract regions. To address environmental problems at the regional scale, the county-level Geoecology Data Base was developed. Using selected variables from existing data sources, a standardized digital data base was created for the conterminous United States. Over 1000 variables on file for county-subcounty units provide data on terrain, water resources, forestry, vegetation, wildlife, agriculture, land use, climate, air quality, population, and energy. The data base is described, and the utility of the county-level data base is illustrated with three examples. The Geoecology Data Base is utilized in conjunction with statistical analysis (SAS) and cartographic display (SYMAP, EZMAP, etc.) programs to both characterize regional environmental systems and to delineate possible environmental impacts. Much of the effort involved in creation and expansion of the Geoecology Data Base consists of obtaining and editing diverse inventory and monitoring files. An integral aspect of this activity is the promotion of data exchange through increased awareness of available data and development of more efficient exchange methods. The three examplesmore » involve regional environmental studies. First, future patterns of projected levels of SO/sub 2/ are overlaid on SO/sub 2/-sensitive agricultural crops and forest resources. Secondly, those areas of potential natural vegetation of the United States as modified or replaced by current land use are depicted.Finally, an ecological evaluation of potential wilderness areas using a number of county-subcounty ecological parameters is discussed.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6150624
Report Number(s):
CONF-790739-1
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Harvard computer graphics week '79, Cambridge, MA, USA, 15 Jul 1979
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS; ENVIRONMENT; REGIONAL ANALYSIS; FORESTS; ECOLOGY; SULFUR DIOXIDE; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; USA; AGRICULTURE; AIR POLLUTION; AIR QUALITY; CLIMATES; CROPS; DATA COMPILATION; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; FORESTRY; GEOLOGY; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; LAND USE; STATISTICS; CHALCOGENIDES; DATA; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; INFORMATION; MATHEMATICS; NORTH AMERICA; NUMERICAL DATA; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION; SULFUR COMPOUNDS; SULFUR OXIDES; 500500* - Environment, Atmospheric- Site Resource & Use Studies- (-1989); 510500 - Environment, Terrestrial- Site Resource & Use Studies- (-1989); 500200 - Environment, Atmospheric- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Olson, R J, Klopatek, J M, and Emerson, C J. Regional environmental studies: application of the Geoecology Data Base. [County level studies]. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Olson, R J, Klopatek, J M, & Emerson, C J. Regional environmental studies: application of the Geoecology Data Base. [County level studies]. United States.
Olson, R J, Klopatek, J M, and Emerson, C J. Mon . "Regional environmental studies: application of the Geoecology Data Base. [County level studies]". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6150624.
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abstractNote = {Regional studies examine the spatial, temporal, and functional characteristics of geographic areas whose size and boundary configuration often depend on the definition of a particular problem. Thus, reference may be made to ecological, urban, economic, political, or abstract regions. To address environmental problems at the regional scale, the county-level Geoecology Data Base was developed. Using selected variables from existing data sources, a standardized digital data base was created for the conterminous United States. Over 1000 variables on file for county-subcounty units provide data on terrain, water resources, forestry, vegetation, wildlife, agriculture, land use, climate, air quality, population, and energy. The data base is described, and the utility of the county-level data base is illustrated with three examples. The Geoecology Data Base is utilized in conjunction with statistical analysis (SAS) and cartographic display (SYMAP, EZMAP, etc.) programs to both characterize regional environmental systems and to delineate possible environmental impacts. Much of the effort involved in creation and expansion of the Geoecology Data Base consists of obtaining and editing diverse inventory and monitoring files. An integral aspect of this activity is the promotion of data exchange through increased awareness of available data and development of more efficient exchange methods. The three examples involve regional environmental studies. First, future patterns of projected levels of SO/sub 2/ are overlaid on SO/sub 2/-sensitive agricultural crops and forest resources. Secondly, those areas of potential natural vegetation of the United States as modified or replaced by current land use are depicted.Finally, an ecological evaluation of potential wilderness areas using a number of county-subcounty ecological parameters is discussed.},
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