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This page contains links to datasources that are relevant for environmental investigations. Some of these datasets are already viewable on the maps on this site; visit https://publiclab.org/people where you can view and turn on layers by using the layer panel in the upper righthand corner:


To learn more about the Leaflet Environmental Layers project that powers the map shown above, and request additional layers to be added, visit https://publiclab.org/notes/sagarpreet/06-06-2018/leaflet-environmental-layer-library

Large Governmental Data Banks

Type of Data Description Link
EPA's Environmental Dataset Gateway EPA's official open data catalog, hosts all EPA data https://edg.epa.gov/metadata/catalog/main/home.page
NOAA's National Climate Data Center- Climate Data Online Provides free access to NCDC's archive of global historical weather and climate data in addition to station history information. These data include quality controlled daily, monthly, seasonal, and yearly measurements of temperature, precipitation, wind, and degree days as well as radar data and 30-year Climate Normals. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/
NASA's Data Portal catalog of publicly available NASA datasets, APIs, visualizations, and more https://data.nasa.gov/

Water-Related Data

Type of Data Description Link
Landsat Data Links to data from US satellites https://www.usgs.gov/products/data-and-tools/real-time-data/remote-land-sensing-and-landsat
NASA Ocean Data Sea surface temperature, chlorophyll concentration, and other global ocean data https://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/dataset_index.php#ocean
NCEI Marine/Ocean Data NCEI receives and archives meteorological data from ships at sea, moored and drifting buoys, coastal stations, rigs, and platforms. The temporal frequency of the observations range from sub-hourly to six-hourly synoptic and are global in spatial coverage. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/marineocean-data
NOAA tides and currents Information on tide and currents in the US https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/
USGS Water Data Water Quality Data in the US https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/rt

Land-Related Data

Type of Data Description Link
EarthQuake Data Real time earthquake map. US-based but shows global data https://on.doi.gov/32kucLF
Landslide Hazards US Post-Fire Debris Flow Data https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/landslide-hazards/science/post-fire-debris-flows
NASA Land Data Global temperature, snow cover, land cover, and other datasets https://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/dataset_index.php#land
Toxic Releases Inventory US database of toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities reported by industrial and federal facilities https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program
US Landslide Data Collection of US Landslide Information https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/landslide-hazards/data-tools
US Volcano Hazards US Volcano Monitoring Program https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/updates.html
ECHO EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online Search for Facilities, Investigate Pollution Sources, Search for EPA Enforcement Cases, Examine and Create Enforcement-Related Maps, Analyze Trends in Compliance and Enforcement Data https://echo.epa.gov/

Air-Related Data

Type of Data Description Link
Global Radar Data NCEI's Radar Archive includes the Next Generation Weather Radar System (NEXRAD) and Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) networks. The NOAA Radar Operations Center provides centralized meteorological, software, maintenance, and engineering support and documentation. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/radar-data
NASA Atmospheric Data Carbon monoxide, cloud water density, and other global data https://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/dataset_index.php#atmosphere
NOAA Land-Based Data Land-based, or surface, observations include temperature, dew point, relative humidity, precipitation, wind speed and direction, visibility, atmospheric pressure, and types of weather occurrences such as hail, fog, and thunder collected for locations on every continent. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data
NOAA Weather Balloon data Weather data from the atmosphere, beginning at three meters above the Earth's surface, are considered weather balloon or upper air data https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/weather-balloon-data
Air Now EPA's go-to site for air quality data, with a focus on criteria pollutants (including PM, Ozone, NOx, and SOx). Find current AQI here. www.AirNow.gov
Environmental Sensor Data Repository (ESDR) Collects air quality data from government sensors, Purple Air Monitors, and other sources. Time-series data are available for download. http://esdr.cmucreatelab.org/browse
Purple Air Particulate matter readings from all over the world. https://www.purpleair.com/map
Air Watch Bay Area Curated air toxics and PM data from sensors in and around oil refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.airwatchbayarea.org

Satellite Imagery & Data

Type of Data Description Link
Map A Planet Information on the surfaces of planets in our solar system https://www.mapaplanet.org/
MapKnitter Collection of Maps created and shared by community scientists mapknitter.org
MODIS Real-time weather satellite Imagery http://ge.ssec.wisc.edu/modis-today/
Satellite Data Services Real-time weather data international https://www.ssec.wisc.edu/datacenter/
NASA Energy Data Radiation, temperature, and other global data sets https://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/dataset_index.php#energy
NOAA Satellite Imagery Global Satellite Imagery https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/satellite-data/satellite-imagery

Miscellaneous Data

Type of Data Description Link
Alternative energy Source of data sets, maps, models, and tools for the analysis of energy and energy-efficiency technologies. https://www.nrel.gov/research/data-tools.html
CDC Oral Health Data Information on Oral Health in the United States https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealthdata/
Disney wait times Wait times for rides at disney parks https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/crowd-calendar#DataSets
Educational Statistics Annual reports of US Educational Statistics https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/
EPA Environmental Data Gateway Collection of US Government Environmental Data Sets https://edg.epa.gov/metadata/catalog/main/home.page
Environmental Exposome Public Health Exposome provides a systems approach designed to capture the totality of one’s exposures across the lifespan from conception to death. http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/environmental-data/
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative Working with partners we preserve vulnerable scientific data and web pages from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and other agencies. https://envirodatagov.org
FishNet Global Database of Fish Collection Specimens http://www.fishnet2.net/
HerpNet Global Database of Herpetological Collections http://www.herpnet.org
National Bullying Statistics Bullying Statistics in the US https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d14/tables/dt14_230.45.asp
NOHSS Adult Indicators Adults who have visited a dentist in the United States https://chronicdata.cdc.gov/Oral-Health/NOHSS-Adult-Indicators-Adults-who-have-visited-a-d/c2kg-wtx6
OECD Environmental Data Collection Collection of data on climate, forest, air quality, etc curated by OECD https://data.oecd.org/environment.htm
Paleoclimatology Data Paleoclimatology data are derived from natural sources such as tree rings, ice cores, corals, and ocean and lake sediments. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
Planetary Fact Sheet Information on planets in our solar system https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/
PV cell output data Information on solar panel power output globally https://pvoutput.org/outputs.jsp
US County-level Data County-by county information on prisons, energy, etc https://ce.naco.org/


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