State Marine Environmental Data Resources
Also available: Federal Marine Environmental Data Resources
Updated: March 13, 2002
Water Information System (GWIS)
Maintained by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, background ground water quality data are
available in DBF file format for each of Florida's sixty-seven
counties, and the twenty-two VISA locations. These data
are from each of the state's primary aquifers, and include
measurements for many different chemical constituents
including: major ions, nutrients, volatile organic compounds,
pesticides, trace metals, base neutral acid extractables,
and field parameters.
ArcInfo files containing data on wells, streams
and watersheds, run by the Commission on Water Resource
Maintained by the Bishop Museum, databases include the
latest up-to-date information on fungi, plants, and animals
occurring in the Hawaiian Islands:
Water Stage, Discharge, Quality and Precipitation
The Water Resources Division of the SC Department of
Natural Resources has a cooperative agreement with the
US Geological Survey to install automatic real-time streamflow,
river stage and lake elevation gages across the State.
These gages periodically transmit their data via satellite
to the USGS field office in Columbia, SC. These data
are transmitted to the SCDNR Computer systems several
times a day, giving our scientists and engineers near
real-time information as to the state of the lakes and
streams in the South Carolina.
Air and Wastewater Management Databases
The Department of Environmental Quality maintains technical
databases that house a variety of environmental information.
In addition, the agency conducts studies on environmental
issues throughout the Commonwealth. The following list,
which is updated periodically, describes reports, studies
and databases that are currently in use or kept by DEQ.
Each item includes a DEQ contact person who can provide
additional information. Many of the databases are kept
on specialized software for use by DEQ. Requests for
information from these databases may involve a fee, as
explained in DEQ's Freedom of Information Act policy.
Water quality, stream flow data, and geologic data are available
through the University of Guam's Water and Environmental Research
Institue of the Western Pacific.
The Environmental Data Standards Council (EDSC), establiushed
by the State-EPA Information Management Work Group (IMWG),
have completed and approved six data standards Data standards
to help improve the ability of partners (internal and
external) to exchange data efficiently and accurately
and also assist secondary users of data to understand,
interpret, and use data appropriately. Data Standards
are documented agreements on representations, formats,
and definitions of common data. Data standards improve
the quality of environmental data and the ability to
share it by:
- Increasing data compatibility
- Improving the consistency and efficiency of data collection
- Reducing data redundancy
Data standards developed by the EDSC will be reviewed
annually after issuance or sooner if significant issues
have been raised.