Resolving Marine Pollution Data and Information Needs with a Federal Network

by John J. Audet, NOAA, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Coastal zone managers and decision makers continue to show a need for timely data and information products to support their decisions on coastal matters, whether they be environmental, engineering, jurisdictional, political, etc. Many managers, however, recognize that without sound data management as part of a project's overall plan, results obtained during the life of the project may be irrevocably lost or be unavailable to other investigators and secondary users. Even where care has been taken to store and document data from specific projects, retrievals and generation of products to address particular coastal concerns is often difficult and time-consuming. Lack of appropriate key words and proper search strategies are among the factors that may result in delays or in searches that overlook important data and information that could satisfy user needs.

Subject Headings: Information management | Managers | Project management | Water pollution | Systems management | Political factors | Information systems | Decision making

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