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Meteorology, Weather and Climate Research Guide

Research Databases | Free Online Sources of Data |

Research Databases

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Biological Abstracts (1969 - Current)
Biological Abstracts is now available as part of BIOSIS Previews.

BIOSIS Previews (including Biological Abstracts) (1969 - Current)
An international database covering the life science disciplines, indexing nearly 7,000 journals. Updated monthly.

Environment Complete
Environment Complete is the electronic version of Environment Index, and covers applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. It contains citations for articles from domestic and international journals, monographs and conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

GeoBase (1980 - Current)
GeoBase is a multidisciplinary database covering human and physical geography, geology, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.

GeoRef (1785 - Current)
Provides historical and current information in geology and related areas.

This free database provides some searchable access to current geoscience publications that are not yet included in the GeoRef Database. The unedited references contain key terms along with bibliographic information, but no abstracts, links to full text, or library holdings are given.

Inspec (1969 - Current)
Provides access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology; also has significant coverage in areas such as materials science, aeronautics, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics. Searches Physics Abstracts and more.

Science Citation Index Expanded (1980 - Current)
This "Web of Science" database covers the journal literature of the sciences. It indexes more than 5,700 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines, with all cited references captured. Updated weekly.

SciFinder Scholar
Meta database Patent and Journal References from all scientific disciplines, Substance information, Chemical reactions, Regulated chemicals information, Commercially available substances. Searches simultaneously the following sources: Chemical AbstractsPlus; CAS REGISTRY; CHEMLIST; CHEMCATS -Online Chemical Catalogs File, MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE 1958- present. Chemical Structure searches are limited to exact matches of a drawn structure as well as structure with substitution at open positions on the drawn structure.

NOTE: SciFinder Scholar is located in the CD-ROM folder found in the start menu of the public work stations.

SciFinder Web Version (1907 - Current)
Online version of SciFinder Scholar which includes access to patent and journal literature in most scientific disciplines, Substance information, chemical reactions, regulated chemicals information, commercially available substances are also available. Searches simultaneously the following sources: Chemical AbstractsPlus; CAS REGISTRY; CHEMLIST; CHEMCATS -Online Chemical Catalogs File, MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE 1958- present. Substructure and exact structure searching are available. Use the link below to create your account.
Create SciFinder Web Version account

Scopus (1996 - Current)
Scopus is a database that gives author and journal ranking analysis. It works in a similar way to ISI Web of Science and its Citation Indexes. While Scopus does cover many journals that ISI does not, the strongest coverage in the sciences. Scopus uses its H index as a measure of citations for journals and authors.
Scopus Searching LibGuide

Free Online Weather & Climate Resources

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A 16-page report prepared by Jeff Schahczenski and Holly Hill on the "relationship between agriculture, climate change and carbon sequestration," the article explores the science behind climate change while answering a number of questions regarding the links between agriculture and climate change. Also included for better description are various graphics and charts, visually explaining the complex theories contained in the report, which is a downloadable .pdf file.

American Meteorological Society Journal Search, online database of AMS journals. Searches all AMS journals and serial publications. Abstracts are available for many years, and citations for the remaining years. No full text is available from this site. Search KentLINK for Kent State holdings.
Conference Preprint Search

USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5139 covering the impact of weather on wildfires. Explores and links climate and wildfire conditions. The full report is available in PDF format.

This site provides daily forest fire maps, graphs, and archived reports as well as forest fire research, facts, publications, and links.

Maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this site offers a bibliography of scholarly resources for research into global warming and its effect on cyclone/hurricane activity. Many articles are available full-text, though some may only be accessed by members of NOAA. Interlibrary loan is an option for articles that are otherwise unavailable. Resources published from 1984 to the present are included in the bibliography.

This site offers features such as access to climate maps and data for the United States and around the world and climate and weather forecasts.
Climate and weather forecasts

Daily weather maps from 1871-2002 produced by the War Department, Department of Agriculture, and later the Weather Bureau. Scanned images have a zooming feature, and use the Dejavu image viewer. Full images can be saved or printed from the viewer. All marginal text is included in images. This site hosted by the NOAA Central Library.

Daily weather maps from 2003 - present produced by NOAA. Digital maps include surface weather, minimum/ maximum temperature contours, 500 millibar, and precipitation. PDF versions of the maps along with clickable station observations are also available.

This site provides world and regional maps showing indicators of global warming as well as brief descriptions about specific locations affected by global warming.

This site offers radar, satellite, and NEXRAD weather maps for the United States. Local forecast is provided for areas around the world. Specialized maps are offered for kite-flying, skiing, sailing, golfing, and driving purposes.

This site is a product of the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®). It contains topics and resources for teaching meteorology as well as downloadable training/ education modules. Topics include fire weather, coastal weather, basic climate, space weather and all aspects of weather. Site is designed for instructors, but has areas that younger users could be directed toward.

A data repository for climate data from a variety of perpsectives, climate, atmosphere, oceans, etc. Scientists add data gathered for research purposes and make it available for further study. Links to full data sets along with descriptive metadata about gathering details is included along with scientist name and contact information.

By choosing a region from the United States national map, users can find extensive data on fires for that area, including a current forecast, fire watches, and warnings. From this site, users can access the National Weather Service radar as well as satellite images.

Primary source of weather forecast and warning information for the entire United States.

A place for researchers to share pre-publication research, unpublished manuscripts, presentations, posters, white papers, technical papers, supplementary findings, and other scientific documents. Submissions are screened by a professional curation team for relevance and quality, but are not subjected to peer review. Biology, chemistry, medicine (except clinical trials), and earth science are covered. RSS feeds and e-mail notices of new submissions available.

This website is a gateway to paleoclimate research and data worldwide. Data sets as well as research are available for downloading. It is also a host to the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology. There are many searching capabilities, databases, and teaching resources available.

Ocean World is a user-friendly, comprehensive site for students and instructors in Oceanography with educational resources for kindergarten through the graduate level. Created and maintained by Dr. Robert H. Stewart of Texas A&M University, this site provides many links to online resources for 11 categories of topics within Oceanography, Meteorology, and Ocean Engineering. The resources include those using real-time data. Users can download several textbooks written by "Dr. Bob" for free (in Web or PDF format) as well as read his other publications. The site features a "Print Friendly Page" icon for best results. There is also an "Email Dr. Bob" feature for questions not answered on the site.

Oxford Reference Online - Medicine
Search a number of dictionaries across biological and health sciences disciplines.

Oxford Reference Online - Science
Search a number of dictionaries across major disciplines of science, including astronomy, chemistry, earth science, medicine, physics, zoology, and much more.

This site features research conducted by the SNOW Interest Group, a division of the US Army's USACE Engineer Research and Development Center. Much information on snow science is available, including biographies of snow experts, their publications, descriptions of tools and research facilities, and photos, graphs, and illustrations. The links page includes valuable scholarly Web sites for snow research. Other highlights include current U.S. snow cover maps (updated daily) as well as the SNOW Research Cool Link (updated twice a month).

Obtain the climatologies of temperature, precipitation, and other variables for individual US cities.

Weather information from USA Today; includes international and national listings. Lists temperature in fahrenheit and celcius. Also provides weather almanac data.

A selection of weather-related web sites, compiled by librarians at Kent State University.

Offers a free desktop application for current weather and forecasts.

Find current conditions, local, international, travel, and ski forecasts by city.

The current weather conditions and forecasts for Kent and Portage County.

US Government atlas showing all areas of the United States where high winds may be a resource. Federal government development areas are highlighted along with detailed wind speed and other data for each area.

National Meteorological Services as members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have supplied monthly mean values. Information includes data and metadata. Both unformatted data and tabular data can be found for each world region.

Contains over 85,000 records of world climate data (historical weather averages) from a wide range of sources.