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Geochemistry data from Penn State Geosciences faculty member Jim Kubicki includes aqueous acetate and oxalate calculations,CO2 NMR calculations and CO2 adsorbed onto Al- and Fe-hydroxides and TiO2, and Aqueous and biochemical uranium complexes.

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Topographically-based Landscape-scale Ecological Mapping in Pennsylvania
This ecological mapping data from Wayne Myers and N. Kong has an emphasis on sustainable ecosystem management, ecological mapping at landscape scale provides basic information about the nature and distribution of ecosystems for natural resources management, planning, monitoring and assessment.

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Estimating the sensitivity of regional dust sources to sea surface temperature patterns
This data from the Department of Meteorology focuses explicitly on the influence of SST anomalies on dust emissions and attempts to explain the mechanisms by which SST anomalies affect seasonal dust emissions.

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Landcover - Tree Canopy Change, Washington DC, 2006 - 2011
Change in the District of Columbias tree canopy estimated from 2011 leaf-on imagery and 2006 leaf-on imagery in conjunction with 2008 leaf-off LiDAR. This layer consists of three classes of tree canopy: 1) no change, 2) loss, and 3) gain. This data is part of an growing set of data on Land Use/Land Cover in the Chesapeake Bay Region on the DataCommons.

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Metabolomics: WIFF
This data from Dr. Andrew Patterson, Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenes, is one example of metabolomics data. Metabolomics is a tool for either discovering cellular responses to external stimuli such as toxicant administration or cataloging metabolic pathways in health and disease.

New Data Validity of *ONET Work Importance Profile web version for Spanish speaking populations
Data represents the test results for the web version of *ONET Work Importance Profile for Spanish speaking populations. High school and college students from Guatemala took the test in the presence of a career development professional. This test uses the same database from *ONET Career Exploration Tools from the Department of Labor of the government of the United States of America. It was translated and programmed by Geatecnologia to offer free access to career exploration tools in Spanish.
New Data Oak Forest Regeneration Study in Pennsylvania (ORSPA)
In this long-term project funded by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, Dr. Kim Steiner, Dr. Jim Finley, and Dr. E. Zenner of Penn State's Department of Ecosystems Science Management are following the regeneration process in over 50 mixed-oak forest stands. Results to date include a classification of stands by understory vegetation conditions, identification of discrete pathways of stand development based upon initial conditions, development of the characteristic size-density relationship for early stand growth, and development of oak regeneration guidelines applicable to this region.
New Data Trophic Mismatch: Caribou Phenology.
This data from Dr. Eric Post, Department of Biology, records the near daily ratio of caribou calve to adult females at a caribou calving ground located in SW Greenland. Data include the proportion of calves observed relative to the total population of observed caribou on that day for each corresponding year.
New Data Metabolomics: Coralpos
This data from Dr. Andrew Patterson, Patterson Research Group, of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, is one example of metabolomics data. Metabolomics is a tool for either discovering cellular responses to external stimuli such as toxicant administration or cataloging metabolic pathways in health and disease.
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Impacts of contrasting land-use history on composition, soils, and devlopment of mixed-oak, coastal plain forests on Shelter Island, New York
This dataset by Dr. Marc Abrams, PSU Deptartment of Ecosystems Management, shows how contrasting land-use history affected: 1) tree species composition, size, and age structure; 2) soil chemistry and morphology; 3) the dominance of Smilax, a native invasive shrub; and 4) the historical ecology and successional pathways.

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Pocono Birds: Presence and Proportion on Lakes
This dataset by Dr. Rob Brooks of Penn State's Riparia, is based on a pilot study in 1991 to test a method for sampling avian communities on a series of lakes in northeastern Pennsylvania and to determine whether differences between undisturbed and disturbed sites could be detected from a census period consisting of two surveys taken during the breeding season.

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Inventory and Assessment of Invertebrate Biodiversity at Gettysburg National Military Park & Eisenhower National Historic Site
This data, from Dr. K.C. Kim, PSU Department of Entomology, is a series of taxon-based surveys and research projects conducted to document flora and fauna. Data include presence, abundance, and distribution of resident species of a number of major plant and animal taxa, namely vertebrates and vascular plants.

New Data Air Quality and Awareness of Ground-level Ozone in the Delaware Valley
This report by Dr. Al Luloff and Dr. Mark Brennan, Department of Agricultural Economics, summarize a study undertaken by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission on concern about air pollution and awareness of ozone-related issues among residents of the Phila-Wilmington-Trenton metro area.
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Toward an Interactional Approach to Sustainable Community Development
This data by Dr. Al Luloff and Dr. J. Bridger, Department of Agricultural Economics, delineates the central features of the sustainable community, assess obstacles to achieving sustainable communities, and present a conceptual framework for sustainable community development based on an interactional approach to community.

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Biofuel Feedstock Potential in the Chesapeake Bay- Abandoned Cropland
This data from Dr. Tom Richard, Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment, is intended to illustrate the potential for biofuel production in the Chesapeake Bay, in a manner that does not compete with current food or fiber production. This data was used in support of a Chesapeake Bay Commission report titled: "Chesapeake Biofuel Policies: Balancing Energy, Economy and Environment" published in 2010.

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CFF/EETT Evaluation Project - 2007-2011
This data from Dr. Rose Baker, Dr. R. Clausen, & Dr. Kyle Peck, Penn State College of Education, is from the CFF/EETT Evaluation Project. The goal of this project is to collect and share data describing changes in the factors that are hypothesized to enhance student performance by improving achievement on standardized examinations and promoting student engagement and the development of 21st Century knowledges and skills..

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Pennsylvania Habitat Alliance: Hunters Attitudes & Behaviors
This data is contributed by Dr. Al Luloff, Dr. Mark Brennan, Dr. J. Bridger, Department of Agricultural Economics, Dr. D. Diefenbach, Dr. J Finley, Dr. G. San Julian, Ecosystem Science Management, & Dr. H. Zinn, Dept. of Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management. There were three basic objectives in this study effort: a. to generate current hunter profiles; b. to assess hunter support of antler restriction proposals; and c. to assess hunter support for an October antlerless season.

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Biofuel Feedstock Potential in the Chesapeake Bay- Current Cropland
This data from Dr. Tom Richard, Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment, shows potential land area for the production of biofuel feedstocks, such as winter barley, winter rye and switchgrass. Areas and corresponding crop production totals are aggregated by HUC6 boundaries for the Chesapeake Bay.

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Biodiversity Inventory & Assessment of the National Guard Training Center at FT. Indiantown Gap, PA
This data and report from Dr. K.C. Kim, Department. of Entomology, results from a cooperative project aimed to explore and document the state of biodiversity and to provide baseline information on the total biodiversity of the FIG-NGTC ecosystem. This information would be used to develop a comprehensive biodiversity database and site-specific monitoring system for the ecologically sustainable management of habitats and natural resources at the PDMVA/FTIG National Guard Training Center.

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Economic Impact on Adams County: Effects of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site
This data by Dr. Al Luloff, Dr. Mark Brennan, and Dr. J. Bridger, Department of Agricultural Economics, reports on the findings of a multi-pronged study of the Economic Impact of Tourism on Adams County, Pennsylvania. This area is home to two large and popular tourist destinations, the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site (both in Gettysburg).

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Shenandoah National Park - biodiversity associated with Eastern Hemlock forests
This data and report from Dr. K.C. Kim, Department of Entomology, examines the eastern hemlock which may be particularly important in the mid-Atlantic region, where it is one of few native conifers found within the eastern deciduous forest and a major component of many remaining old-growth forest stands.

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Community-Based Forestry: A Framework for Analysis
This data by Dr. Al Luloff & Dr. Jim Finley, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, addresses current issues affecting U.S. community-based forestry, emphasizing the community concept and also provides local examples to demonstrate the community-based forestry process.

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Pennsylvania Schools
This data by Dr. Tim Dolney, Division of Environmental Sciences, Penn State Altoona, portrays the approximate location of Public Schools (Regular Elementary, Regular Elementary/Secondary, Occupational CTC, Special Education, Regular Secondary, Comprehensive CTC, Adult CTC, State Operated Educational Facility).

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Pathways and Consequences of the Introduction of Non-indigenous Insects and Arachnids in the United States
This data and report from Dr. K.C. Kim, Department of Entomology, discusses insects and arachnids, which are the largest group of organisms on the planet Earth; the estimated diversity is 10-30 million species. These small and highly mobile arthropods are easily dispersed, and in addition to their innate behavior, insects and arachnids continue to invade new habitats and territories through anthropogenic routes.

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Building Sustainable Communities in Forested Regions
This data is contributed by Dr. Al Luloff, Dr. Mark Brennan, Dr. J. Bridger, Department of Agricultural Economics, Dr. J Finley, Ecosystem Science Management, is from a demonstration project provides a protocol for better understanding those factors that contribute to sustainable forest-based economic development in timber dependent counties in the Northeast. Such knowledge advances our ability to create economic development strategies that meet the needs of rural people while simultaneously enhancing environmental resources.

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Stone Valley Trails
This data is contributed by the PSU Forest Management Office, is a line shapefile of the rtrails constructed and maintained by the PSU Forestland Mgmt. Office located within Stone Valley Recreation Area.

 

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