Environmental Studies

SULAIR joins the Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL)

Stanford Libraries has joined the Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) in a collaborative effort to digitize, preserve and give public access to historic federal technical reports prior to 1975. The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) is an initiative led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with CRL and 30 Federal Depository Libraries. More about the project can be found on the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) site and the technical reports themselves can be searched and downloaded via http://www.technicalreports.org/. Readers will also be able to access the digitized technical reports via Searchworks.

According to the TRAIL site:

Technical reports communicate research progress in technology and science; they deliver information for technical development to industry and research institutions contributing to the continued growth of science and technology. These highly detailed reports contain valuable information serving specialized audiences of researchers. While availability to more recent (1994–current) technical report literature has greatly improved with Internet access, legacy technical report documents remain elusive to researchers. Most large research libraries across the country have sizeable collections of federally funded technical research reports—frequently a million or more ranging from several pages to several hundred pages.

An example of some report series digitized include:

  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Civil Effects Test Operations (AEC-CEX)
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research (AEC-LF)
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Health and Safety Laboratory (AEC-HASL)
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Radiation Instruments Branch (AEC-RIB)
  • U.S. National Bureau of Standards, Monographs
  • U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin

FYI, Stanford Libraries also subscribes to the National Technical Reports Library, a database of two million historical and current government technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service. For questions about this important initiative, please contact James Jacobs, US Government Information Librarian at jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu.


Resources on Oil Spills, Response and Restoration: A Selected Bibliography

NOAA logo

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released Resources on Oil Spills, Response, and Restoration: A Selected Bibliography. Its preface states that the document has been prepared as an "aid for those seeking information concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and information on previous spills and associated remedial actions."

NOAA has selected resources of various media (e.g., web, video, printed and online documents) for the bibliography, which "includes information sources concerned both with the harmful effects of oil and chemical spills to marine habitats and their associated living marine resources and with the cultural and economic impacts caused by such spills."


Journals release free oil spill-related virtual issues

Exxon Valdez

The journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has released a free virtual issue on the 1989 oil spill of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The materials in this virtual issue "represent ET&C’s complete archive on the Valdez from an electronic search of its database" and they have been made available "to enhance informed decision-making in the public and private sectors on the environmental effects of the 20 April oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."

Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, a sister journal to ET&C, has also released its collection of oil spill-related materials here. These articles "exemplify the application of science in environmental decision-making, management, and sound approaches to environmental problem solving."


Stay up-to-date on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill

If you want to stay informed about what's going on with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, take a look at library resources like the Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management database and news databases like Access World News, LexisNexis Academic, and Academic Search Premier. The New York Times has a page devoted to the oil spill, featuring articles, interactive features, and videos.

In addition, there are many government agencies monitoring the spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a page on the issue, with environmental data such as air quality and water samples. NASA has a page with satellite images of the oil slick. The US Geological Survey (USGS) and a frequently updated page on the spill complete with satellite imagery, coastal impacts etc. And National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a response page up as well.


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