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Online Resources

The following sites are maintained by governmental and not-for-profit institutions.

GIS, Mapping, and Navigation

British Cartographic Society
Promoting the art and science of mapmaking.

CIESEN Columbia University
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

EROS Resource Center (Earth Resources Observation Systems)
Providing a variety of USGS digital cartographic data products collectively referred to as US GeoData, as well as the world’s largest collection of civilian remotely sensed data covering the Earth’s land masses and millions of satellite images and aerial photographs.

NASA Earth Science Data Centers
The data centers process, archive, document, and distribute data from NASA’s past and current Earth-observing satellites and field measurement programs. Each center serves a specific Earth system science discipline.

Space Science and Engineering Center at University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dedicated to measuring and understanding our physical environment for the benefit of all.

US Coast Guard Navigation Center
“Leading the world in navigation excellence”.

US Geological Survey
Focusing on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, we are dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape and our natural resources.

US Naval Observatory
The Observatory computes the position, brightness, and other observable characteristics of celestial bodies for navigation, military operations planning, scientific research, surveying, accident reconstruction, architecture, and other purposes.

Travel News & Advisories

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad and providing credible information to enhance health decisions.

International Society of Travel Medicine News Service
The largest organization of professionals dedicated to the advancement of travel medicine. Members include physicians, nurses and public health professionals from academia, government and the private sector.

US Department of State
The lead U.S. foreign affairs agency formulating, representing, and implementing the president’s foreign policy. Travel Warnings, Country Background Notes, and other information.

World News Connection
An online foreign news service from the US government that offers an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information. Particularly effective in its coverage of local media sources.

Weather and Climate

National Climatic Data Center
The world’s largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world.

National Hurricane Center
The Tropical Prediction Center is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction located at Florida International University in Miami.

NOAA Interactive Weather Information Network
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was created to develop, encourage, and maintain a coordinated, comprehensive, and long-range national program in marine science.

Institutes, Foundations, Museums, Libraries

American Association for the Advancement of Science
The world’s largest general scientific society.

The Academy of Natural Sciences
A museum of natural history expanding knowledge of nature through discovery and inspiring stewardship of the environment.

American Museum of Natural History
One of the world’s preeminent institutions for scientific research and education, with collections of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts.

The Alfred Wegener Institute
Conducting research in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and at temperate latitudes and providing both the necessary equipment and the essential logistic back-up for polar expeditions.

California Academy of Sciences
A Natural History Museum, Planetarium and Aquarium all in one location.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Conducting scientific inquiry that creates knowledge and promotes stewardship of Earth and its life.

European Science Foundation
Acting as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives.

The Field Museum of Natural History
Providing collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.

Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers
Germany’s largest research institution, the Helmholtz Association identifies and takes on the grand challenges of society, science and the economy, in particular through the investigation of highly complex systems.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The nation’s largest organization of combined scientists and engineers dedicated to learning and sharing their knowledge of the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe.

National Academy of Sciences
The National Academies bring together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public.

National Council of University Research Administrators
Advancing the field of research administration through professional development, the sharing of knowledge, and by fostering a sense of community.

Natural History Museum (UK)
The UK’s national museum of natural history, and a centre of scientific excellence in taxonomy and biodiversity.

National Science Foundation
The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science.

New York Academy of Sciences
An independent nonprofit organization with nearly 25,000 members in more than 160 countries, promoting science and technology and their essential roles in fostering social and economic development.

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd
Providing a scientific basis for the sustainable management and development of New Zealand’s atmospheric, marine and freshwater systems and associated resources.

Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University
Advancing our understanding of earth’s history through geological, biological, and anthropological research.

Smithsonian Institution
America’s national educational facility with 16 museums, 9 research centers and 96 affiliates around the world.

Swedish Museum of Natural History
Promoting knowledge and research about the make-up and development of the universe and the earth, the plant and animal life of the earth together with human biology and the natural environment.

Conservation and Natural Resources Management

Audubon Society
Dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them.

Bat Conservation International
Devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve.

The Center for Conservation Biology
An international professional organization at Rice University, promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity.

Earthwatch International
Promoting the sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships among scientists, the general public,educators, and businesses.

The National Park Service
Online home of the National Park Service and America’s national parks.

National Wildlife Foundation
The nation’s largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses, and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.

The Nature Conservancy
Preserving the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

A project designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the life within it.

Sierra Club
America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

US Department of the Interior
Charged with the mission “to protect and provide access to our Nation’s natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian tribes and our commitments to island communities.”

US Environmental Protection Agency
Protecting human health and the environment.

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Working with other to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

World Wildlife Fund for Nature
Stopping the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world’s biological diversity.

Scientific Exploration Societies

A non-profit organization which launches scientific expeditions into wilderness areas of Australia.

National Geographic Society
The world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization.

Society of Woman Geographers
Bringing together women whose work has involved extensive travel in the investigations of little-known or unique places, peoples or things in the world.

Wings Worldquest
Dedicated to researching, promoting, and celebrating the contributions of extraordinary women explorers.

Research Funding

See the Funding page.

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