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 Environmental Management Information System (MIS)


Information on environmental science is vast, multilingual, generally expensive, and only imperfectly distributed or indexed. It is less likely if any single library can record and poses everything published on any specific aspect, however narrow that may be. Environmental Information System (ENVIS) essentially help in handling of huge and varied information relevant to environmental management and development.

       ENVIS is a part of an International programme INFOTERRA of UNEP and is being coordinated in the Country by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India , the national focal point in India.


       The ENVIS Centre at G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora was given the responsibility of collecting, compiling, processing and disseminating information in the subject area of Himalayan Ecology. The Centre is trying to integrate the available information in the ready to use form for the users of remote hilly regions in particular and for regional planning in broader perspective.


Management Information Systems (MIS) on Environmental Sciences : 

            Environment has received wide attention and importance both as a subject and object in the past few decades. Policy makers, academicians, scientists researchers are on to find the solutions of various problems faced by the globe. Many times substantial data to analyze a given problem or to design solution to a problem exist but they are difficult to access. Hence there is a definite need at local, regional, national, and international levels at least to enhance means of information collection and flow for a wider use. Though there has been a qualitative increase on the Internet information resources, qualitative increase in the resource is not significant. The Internet offers great breadth and little depth with some notable expectations. However, the Net has become a larger part of the information universe and hence it has become a standard and essential tool and resource in the information professionals' arsenal.  

Electronic Journals JSTOR: 

             Ecology and Botany Collections - an online journal in cooperation with the Ecological Society of America Genetic Engineering News Academic Press Journals Science Direct.


Patent : 

         Patents are the most authentic source of information on scientific and technological developments issued by the patent and trademark office in a country. A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right  to the inventor, the right to exclude others from making, using or selling their invention. On the Net patent databases can be searched through patent numbers, keywords in the title or abstract. US Patents Fulltext India Law Resources  


Technical Reports: 

           Many research institutions are on the web, the technical reports submitted on the institutions are available on the Net. Asia-Pacific Migratory Water Bird Conservation Strategy: 1996-2000 Articles and Reports on Biosafety Wetlands Reserve Program NCSTRL: Networked Computer Science Technical Report Library.


Research Projects: 

            Include a list of research projects currently underway  in specified field with a brief description of the projects including details of the investigators and place of investigation. Photoplankton Ecology - the site describes phytoplankton ecology research by marine ecologists at Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Aquatic Ecology & Ecotoxicology - provided by the Aquatic Ecology & Eco-toxicology Department, University of Amsterdam Ramsar:  the Ramsar Conservation on Wetlands - provide a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and wetland resources around the globe. Secondary Information Sources Increasing number of bibliography databases with abstracts of books, journal articles and conference proceedings are now web accessible free of cost. Factual databases contain numeric, property and structural information on the topic indexed. The data collections are critically assessed by individual experts or group of experts, hence are an authentic source of information for reseearchers.


            A bibliographhic database of North American Waterfowl and their wetland habitants. The National Wetlands Research Center provides this searchable database of over 11,000 citations.

Forest World:

           Provides a wealth of information on the forestry industry, with some attention to ecology and conservation.


Meta Sources:

            These sources compile information on a specific subject which can be accessed on their site. Some give link to other related sites also:
Internet Resourcess on Wetlands - provided by the Canada based WetNet Project, a consortium of organizations dedicated to wetland conservation and research in the Americas.

Website on Birds conservation - a program of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mission.

Interactive Health Ecology Access Links - an international service network dedicated to improving the presentation of information about health and the environment to the general public and non-governmental communities.

Great Lakes Ecopages: maintained by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - offer information on ecology, restoration and protection of great lake ecosystems.


Expert Directories:
                                AgNIC: Agricultural Network Information Center
                                FAO:     National Library for Environmental Science
                                              Drug  Information Centre


On-line Resources

  • The International Society of Ecological Economics : To promote understanding between economists and ecologists in the development of a sustainable world.

  • Ecology Abstracts : The essence of current ecology research across a wide range of disciplines.

  • EarthTrends : Earth Trends is a comprehensive online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world.

  • Great Lakes Ecosystems : Great lakes ecological protection and restoration website of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Society for Ecological Restoration: The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is a non-profit organization infused with the energy of 2300 members.

  • Botany online : The internet hypertextbook of Botany.

  • Living Things - Habitats & Ecosystems : The virtual library of ecology, biodiversity and the environment of the Franklin Institute.

  • Ecological Society of America : To promote the responsible application of ecological data and principles to the solution of environmental problems.

  • BioEd Online : Biology teacher resources from Baylor College of Medicine.

  • Environmental Change Institute : An interdisciplinary unit of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment.

  • Ecological Internet : The Complete Source for Environmental Sustainability News, Expert Analysis, Information Retrieval Tools, Portal Services and Web Site Consulting

  • Ecology and Society : A journal for integrative science for resilience and sustainability.

  • Green Pages : The global directory for environmental technology.

  • The Environmental News Network : Informative, educational, and inspiring programming from around the globe.


Selected Reading:
Anuradha, K.T. (2001). Internet Information Sources on Environmental Science. ENVIS Workshop organised by NISSAT at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012