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Type of Resource Journal
Title People and the Planet - People and Mountains
Author Various
Affiliation Published by "Planet 21"
Url http://www.oneworld.org/patp/previous.html
Peer Review No
Abstract Journal with articles contributed various authors with different affiliations. 1996 issue on People and Mountains includes:

Type of Resource Treaty Chapter + Report Chapter
Title Agenda 21: Chapter 13.  Managing fragile ecosystems: sustainable mountain development
Earth Summit +%: Chapter 13.  Managing fragile ecosystems: sustainable mountain development
Author United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
Affiliation United Nations
Url http://www.cnie.org/agenda21/a21-13.htm (Treaty Text)
http://www.fao.org/WAICENT/FAOINFO/SUSTDEV/EPdirect/EPre0032.htm (Report Chapter)
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract Text of Chapter 13 of the Treaty adopted at the 1992 United Nations Confrence on Environment and Development (UNCED - the "Earth Summit") in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Plus, a chapter of a 1997 UN report looking at progress five years later. Plus, a chapter of a 1997 UN report looking at progress five years later.

Type of Resource Nontechnical Report
Title Ecosystems, Biomes, and Watersheds: Definitions and Use
Author M. Lynne Corn
Affiliation Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Url http://www.cnie.org/nle/biodv-6.html
Peer Review Internal Review Process
Abstract 1993 report prepared as a briefing document for the U.S. Congress. This paper describes the meaning and applications of ecosystem and of the related terms watershed and biome. It discusses the pros and cons of all three as organizing principles for land management, and the major issues that are likely to arise in the debate over ecosystem management.

Type of Resource Article
Title Climate Change: The Arctic
Author Climate Change Campaign
Affiliation World Wide Fund for Nature
Url http://www.panda.org/climate/arctic/index.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract An Issue summary of Arctic wildlife and Climate Change from the World Wildlife Fund, a U.S.-based environmental organization. "Arctic ecosystems are characterized by complex interrelationships between species and their physical environment. The life of a particular species is an intricate tapestry of land and ice conditions, seasonal changes, and interdependencies on other plants and animals. As a result, climate-induced changes that affect one part of a species life cycle can have wide-reaching effects on the ecosystem as a whole ."

Type of Resource Article
Title Biodiversity in Freshwater Ecosystems
Author World Resources Institute
Affiliation World Resources Institute
Url http://www.wri.org/biodiv/b03-gbs.html
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "Freshwaters are also home to a tremendous diversity of fish, amphibians, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and microorganisms. The Amazon River alone contains an estimated 3000 species of fish--only 25 percent less than the total number of mammals worldwide. And freshwater biodiversity is among the most poorly known on Earth. Scientists believe that Thailand may have as many as 1000 species of freshwater fish, but only some 475 have actually been recorded. "

Type of Resource Nontechnical Report
Title Ecosystem Management Tools and Techniques: Proceedings of a CRS Workshop
Author Wayne A. Morrissey
Affiliation Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Url

http://www.cnie.org/nle/biodv-5.html

Peer Review Internal Review Process
Abstract 1995 report prepared as a briefing document for the U.S. Congress. "demonstrate tools and techniques used in scientific The purposes of his workshop were to research on ecosystems and to address technological aspects of developing and administering a national policy for ecosystem management. . . which addressed five policy questions:
  • What are the opportunities and limitations of these tools?
  • Where is the development of these tools headed, and how rapidly are they changing
  • What are the costs associated with tools, and how do those costs compare with the cost of data acquisition?
  • Is there a need for new or different data based upon the capabilities and opportunities of the tools? and,
  • What is the potential of these tools for informing the public decision-making process and contributing to other national goals?

Type of Resource Nontechnical Report
Title Ecosystem Management: Federal Agency Activities
Author Wayne A. Morrissey, Jeffrey A. Zinn, M. Lynne Corn,
Affiliation Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress
Url http://www.cnie.org/nle/biodv-4.html
Peer Review Internal Review Process
Abstract 1994 report prepared as a briefing document for the U.S. Congress. "Eighteen Federal agencies demonstrated their ecosystem management activities to the congressional community on March 24, 1994, as part of a two-day ecosystem management symposium convened by the Congressional Research Service . . . This report is a compilation of short papers distributed at the demonstration, describing each participating Federal agency's ecosystem management efforts. Each agency was asked to address five topics."
1. Ecosystem Management Activities.
2. Cooperation and Coordination.
3. Tools of Ecosystem Management.
4. Funding Ecosystem Management.
5. Ecosystem Management Limits and Opportunities.

Type of Resource Satellite images, movies, animation, statements, bibliography, link list
Title Global Fire Monitoring
Author NASA, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration
Affiliation U.S. Government
Url http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Library/GlobalFire/fire.html
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract Site maintained as part of the U.S. government's research efforts on global change. Focuses on fires world wide which particularly impact forests and grasslands. Includes sections on

Type of Resource Databases
Title Vegetation Data
Author Various
Affiliation EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Url Below
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract Four data sets:
  • Global Ecosystem Complexes (the world's Major Ecosystem Complexes ranked by the amounts of carbon in live vegetation. compiled by Jerry Olson, J. Watts and L. Allison at the Environmental Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA)
  • Global Vegetation Cultivation Intensity and Albedo (The Matthews Vegetation data set comes from a global map of vegetation types, which was compiled from up to 100 existing map sources at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies and Columbia University, USA)
  • Global Methane from Livestock (This one-degree latitude/longitude spatial resolution data set of Methane Emission from Animals data set was compiled at the NASA/Goddard Institute of Space Studies from nine animal population densities. The statistics on animal populations came from the Food and Agricultural Organization and other sources.)
  • Vegetation Map of Brazil (instructions on downloading and use.)

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