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Two New Member Nodes Join DataONE

Friday, November 21, 2014

DataONE is pleased to announce two new Member Nodes at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Continuing its long partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DataONE is pleased to announce two new Member Nodes at ORNL. EDORA (Environmental Data for the Oak Ridge Area) and RGD (Regional and Global Data) are both curated collections of high quality metadata about important data sets relevant to these science areas. Joining DataONE makes the result of that effort discoverable by a broader audience with the benefit of curated links, ensuring availability of that data from the original source.

EDORA has compiled over 65 years of valuable environmental data about the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR). This accumulated information ranges from ecological measurements resulting from various research projects to data derived from satellite and ground-based observations. This amassed data from active and completed projects can be used to solve complex planning and management problems.

While some of the following projects are no longer active, the information they provided contributes to the rich collection of data about the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR):

  • Annual surveys provide data on ORR wildlife populations to monitor general ecosystem health.
  • The 97.5 ha Walker Branch watershed has been the site of long-term, intensive environmental studies since the late-1960s by staff from the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), staff from the Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and many visiting university researchers.
  • The Walker Branch Watershed has two intensively instrumented drainage areas. A number of experiments (e.g., the Throughfall-Displacement Experiment) and monitoring programs (e.g., the Long-Term Measurements Program) at Walker Branch provide environmental information. This data has been validated by comparing information collected from satellites to that collected in the field and from aircraft.
  • The Biological Monitoring and Abatement Program has created a unique long-term (more-than-25-year) database on ecological impact and recovery of streams that receive discharges from DOE facilities on the ORR.

The RGD is a comprehensive metadata catalog for data sets and models on the biogeochemical dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems. Metadata contain links to data and models held by other data centers. Included in the database are climate, gas exchange, hydroclimatology, land use and land cover change, soil, human dimensions, and vegetation data, as well as data from networks of field sites. In addition, RGD contains links to models used to assess biogeochemical dynamics and terrestrial ecology.

Information about these and other Member Nodes in the DataONE network can be found here: https://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes
To discover data held within the DataONE network of Member Nodes, search ONEMercury here: https://cn.dataone.org/onemercury/