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Contains citations to agricultural literature. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.

Air Facility System
AFS contains compliance and permit data for stationary sources regulated by the U.S. EPA and state and local air pollution agencies. Replaces AIRS: Aerometric Information Retrieval System.

Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System (AWOIS)
Contains information on approximately 10,000 submerged wrecks and obstructions in the coastal waters of the United States.

DOE Information Bridge
Provides access to full-text DOE research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

Earthquake Hazards Program
This database from the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center provides basic earthquake data from around the world, both current and historical.

Interface to several databases, up to 10 of which can be searched simultaneously. Includes multidisciplinary databases such as DOE Information Bridge, DTIC Technical Reports Database, and the IBM Patent Server. Also has subject-specific databases, which cover the fields of biology & medicine, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, fossil fuels, physics and renewable energy.

Allows users to retrieve environmental information from EPA databases on Air, Chemicals, Facility Information, Grants/Funding, Hazardous Waste, Risk Management Plans, Superfund, Toxic Releases, Water Permits, Drinking Water, Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence, and Drinking Water Microbial and Disinfection Byproduct Information.

Fish and Wildlife Reference Service On-Line Databases
Online access to the FWRS Bibliographic Database; Survey/Inventory (3-LOC) Database; Habitat Conservation Plans Database; Black Bass Database; Boating Access Database; and the Clean Vessel Act Database

Global Emergency Management System
GEMS contains links, generally annotated, to websites related to emergency management.

Provides access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events, and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations.

HUD EZ/RC Address Locator
This database combines information on HUD's community development and housing programs with EPA's environmental data. Available data includes: location, type and performance of HUD-funded activities in every neighborhood across the country; and select EPA information on brownfields, hazardous wastes, air pollution and waste water discharges.

Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
IRIS is a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment.

Invasive Species Databases
One-stop access to several environmental databases: Expertise, General, Terrestrial Plant Invaders, Terrestrial Animal Invaders, Aquatic Plant Invaders, Aquatic Animal Invaders, Microbial Invaders, and Regional Databases.

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Climate Data
View and download various NCDC data sets, including surface weather data, upper air data and marine data.

National Image Library
Find and download pictures (wildlife, scenics and conservation issues).

National Response Center Reports Database
Allows searching of chemical and oil spill data. Search elements include NRS report number, incident date, location (county, city, state), suspected responsible party, type of incident, medium affected, and material involved.

Natural Disaster Reference Database
This NASA database is a bibliographic database on research, programs, and results which relate to the use of satellite remote sensing for disaster mitigation.

Natural Hazards Data
Provides access to data and photographs related to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

RTK NET (The Right-To-Know Network)
Offers free access to numerous databases on the environment, housing, and sustainable development.

Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS)
Allows users to locate a drinking water supplier and view its violations and enforcement history since 1993. Reported violations areas include: maximum contaminant levels, treatment techniques, and monitoring and reporting requirements.

Threatened and Endangered Species System (TESS) Reports
Gives the current status of animals on the Threatened and Endangered list, the geographic range of the animals, and links to fact sheets and other information.

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)
Identifies facilities, chemicals manufactured and used at the identified facilities, and the annual amounts of these chemicals released (in routine operations and in accidents and other one-time events). Also reports on quantities of TRI chemicals recycled, combusted for energy recovery, and treated on- and off-site.

Offers a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.

Watershed Locator
Watersheds are those land areas that catch rain or snow and drain to specific marshes, streams, rivers, lakes, or to ground water.

Last updated by on 11/09/2010