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Last Updated: December 22, 2009
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Associations & Organizations

American Geophysical Union

Find links to information about AGU's meetings, publications, news items, or access its archives which includes journal table of contents, a complete index to all AGU journals, books, and publications, a meetings database, & a FTP dataset archive.

American Meteorological Society

Information about services, programs, publications, meetings, & policies.

Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

The Center disseminates factual reports & commentary on new developments in the world-wide scientific quest to determine the climatic & biological consequences of the ongoing rise in the air's CO2 content.

Committee for the National Institute for the Environment

Site includes information on the origin of the NIE, its accomplishments, its current activities, as well as sections on membership, fund-raising, and financial & legislative sponsors.

International Global Atmospheric Chemistry

Provides links to IGAC's field efforts, programs, conferences, meetings, workshops, & its structure.

Scholarly Societies Project - Atmospheric, Meteorological & Environmental Sciences

Access to Web sites maintained by or for scholarly environmental and atmospheric science societies around the world.

Royal Meteorological Society

Includes information on publications, journals and awards.

World Meteorological Association

This U.N. organization site offers a News Centre, official weather forecasts from around the world, and information for members.

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Bibliographic Databases & Indexes

AGRICOLAAccessible to University at Albany users only

The National Agricultural Library's Web gateway provides access to materials relating to all aspects of agriculture from 1984 forward; also includes citations on topics such as the effects of acid rain & climate change on plant species & plant communities; University at Albany students, faculty, & staff can also access FirstSearch's AGRICOLA which goes back to 1970.

Bibliographic Databases & IndexesAccessible to University at Albany users only

An alphabetical listing of bibliographic databases and indexes for atmospheric sciences.

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Bibliography: Water and Climate Bibliography

A comprehensive bibliography of the peer-reviewed literature dealing with climate change & its effects on water resources & water systems worldwide.

Bibliography: Climate Change and Its Impact on Biodiversity

A bibliography of peer-reviewed & gray literature focusing on climate change & its impacts on flora and fauna species and critical supporting ecosystems.

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Climatological Data

Albany and New York State Weather
Albany Climate Data

A selection of Albany weather from the National Weather Service Forecast Office.

Albany Weather

A collection of Albany weather sites from the Library Web page.

AccuWeather forecast - Albany, NY

Provides current conditions, hourly weather forecast, and offers up to 15 day forecast for Albany.

Historical Albany Weather Date from CBS 6 (WRGB)

Provides brief data back to 1988 for Albany, NY.

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Northeast, Regional and State Weather
U. S. Regional Climate Centers

A collection of Regional Climate Centers, including the Northeast, High Plains, Midwestern, Southeast, Southern and Western Regional Climate Centers. Northeast Climate links including drought and snowfall.

State Climate Offices

Connect to State Climate Offices in the U.S., including New York State. Provided information varies by state.

Weather Almanac, 11th ed.Accessible to University at Albany users only

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Other Climatological Data

AIRS (Aerometric Information Retrieval System) is a database of air quality data collected by federal, state, & local air pollution control agencies throughout the U.S.

British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)

BADC provides access to an array of physical and chemical atmospheric data sets for researchers. Sponsored by NERC (National Environment Research Council).

Climate & Radiation

Find information about climate analysis, aerosols, clouds, rainfall, & remote sensing; includes a search engine for the site.

Global Change Master Directory

GCMD contains descriptions of and access information for over 3,900 earth science data sets; areas covered include atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, land surface, solid earth, solar-terrestrial, & human dimensions of climate change.

Historical Weather Database

Search through almost 1,000 cities worldwide in more than 200 countries & territories to find monthly historical weather data including average tempertures, normal precipatation, average snowfall, average wind speed, percentage of days with sunshine, mean number of clear days, & mean number of days below 32 degrees F.

Interactive Global Geostationary Weather Satellite Images

A collection of weather satellite imagery from NASA.

IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library

A data catalog & library of data sets with an interface to make plots, tables, or files from any data set .

Live Access to Climate Data

This system allow you to browse & extract data from a large library of gridded climate data; output can be formated into color graphics, spreadsheets, or data files.

The NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Data Center

Collection of radiation budget, cloud, aerosol, & tropospheric data; contains recent & archival data sets.

National Climate Data Center

acess to NCDC products, publications, & services including CLIMVIS (Climate Visualization System), an interactive visualization/data browse tool for climate data

National Geophysical Data Center

NGDC manages environmental data in the fields of marine geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology, solar-terrestrial physics, solid earth geophysics, and glaciology (snow and ice); in each of these fields NGDC also operates a World Data Center.

NOAA's Satellites

This site organizes NOAA's satellite information; it features NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), NOAA's CoastWatch Program, & hundreds of archived satellite images, storm animations, and special events.

Six- and Three-Hourly Meteorological Observations From 223 U.S.S.R. Stations

Data includes 25 meteorological observations recorded for 6 & 3 hourly increments at 223 stations in the former Soviet Union.

United States Climate Page

Provides access to climatologies (temperatures, rain, & snow) for cities in the U.S. and its possessions.

Weather World 2010

WW2010 strives to integrate real time & archived data with instructional resources; includes multimedia instructional guides, archive of data & products from memorable weather events, real time weather data, & current weather products.

Climate of 2006

a National Climatic Data Center resource on US and global weather, offering most current, as well as historical data for 1998-2006 at

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Cloud Types

An introduction to cloud development & identification using text & images.

PSC Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique

Provides explanations of & access to detailed images of some basic cloud forms.

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Courses, Tutorials and Guides to Weather Data

The Daily Planet

Learn to read weather maps and make your own forecasts, find out about the earth's changing climate, or try the Weather Visualizer, which displays almost-real-time weather forecasts and images.

Meteorology: The Online Guides

A collection of Web-based instructional modules that incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animations, computer simulations, audio & video to introduce fundamental concepts in the atmospheric sciences.

The Remote Sensing Tutorial

Shows how remote sensing is applied to studying the land, sea, & air making up the Earth's environments.

Locating Climate & Weather Data and Information

Offers basic information on types of weather information and how to access it. Produced by NOAA.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Climate Glossary

Glossary of climate terms, drawn from a number of sources, by the NWS Climate Prediction Center.

Comprehensive Glossary of Weather Terms for Storm Spotters

The second edition of this detailed listing offers definitions for terms used by storm spotters. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR145, by Michael Branick)

Dictionary of Weather (Oxford)Accessible to University at Albany users only

Almost 2000 entries cover all areas of weather. Weather extremes and records are also covered, as is biographical information.

Environmental Encyclopedia, 3rd ed., 2003.Accessible to University at Albany users only

Offers broad coverage of environmental issues. Sample topics include global change, tsunamis, the Hudson River and fossil fuels, along with brief biographies of environmentalists.

Glossary of Climate Change Acroymns

The United Nations Framework Commission on Climate Change has produced a glossary to help understand climage change acronyms frequently used.

Glossary of Climate Change Terms

A glossary of climate change terminology from the EPA's Global Warming Web site.

Glossary of National Hurricane Center Tropical Prediction Center Terms

Brief listing of terms relating to tropical storms.

Glossary of Oceanography and the Related Geosciences with References

A cross referenced glossary of oceanography & related geoscience terminology.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of EnergyAccessible to University at Albany users only

Broad coverage of the science and technology of energy, in over 250 articles.

New Penguin Dictionary of ScienceAccessible to University at Albany users only

This dictionary offers definitions for all the sciences, including environmental topics. Approximately 7,000 topics are covered.'s Weather Glossary

A dictionary of weather terms.

Encyclopedia of Earth

The Encyclopedia of Earth covers a wide range of earth science topics, from the earth, to its natural environments, to water profiles of selected countries. Well-written articles can be browsed alphabetically or by topic.

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Electronic Books & Documents

National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)

Search or browse over 7,000 print EPA documents. 24,000 titles are available free, in digital format.

The Online Books Page: Call Numbers Starting With QC 800 (Meteorology)

Access the full text of atmospheric science books, starting with LC call number QC 800.

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Environmental Issues

Center for International Earth Science Information Network

CIESIN is a distributed, electronic data and information system created to address the information needs of users concerned with understanding global environmental change and sustainable development issues. It includes the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) gateway to an easy-to-use interface for searching, viewing, browsing, or ordering data and information.

Non-CO2 Gases and Carbon Sequestration

This site contains reports on key climate change topics related to methane and other greenhouse gases.

Environment: Issues and Resources

Contains information collected by the USIA on topics such as biodiversity, climate change, endangered species, & ozone depletion.

EPA Global Warming Site

Find information pertaining to the science of global warming; current and projected impacts of global warming; international and U.S. Government policies and programs; opportunities for individuals and corporations to help stop global warming (and in many cases, save money, too!); & state and local actions that help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

National Library for the Environment

A project of the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment (CNIE), the library addresses the need for objective, scientifically sound information on environmental issues; it currently includes Congressional Research Service Reports & will eventually include An Encyclopedia of the Environment and In Depth Issues in the Environment.

NOAA Paleo Global Warming

Divided into 2 sections: The Story provides information on climate issues & the scientific study of climate variability and The Data offers a comprehensive look at the instrumental & paleoclimatic data that shows how the Earth's temperature has changed.

Ozone Hole Tour

Introduction to the ozone hole, with broad ozone hole information, including the discovery, recent loss over Antarctica, and the science of the ozone hole. Produced by the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Cambridge.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Offers current drought conditions, forecasts and archival data, pertaining to the U.S. Produced by 4 Federal agencies.

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Global Warming/Climate Change

Climate Change

This page is produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It provides information on the science of global warming,as well information on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, U.S. Climate Policy, and Health and Environmental Effects.

Climate Change

Produced by the European Union, this web page covers studies on global warming, EU documents, information on international climate negotiations, and EU domestic actions.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

International Research Institute for Climate and Society


RealClimate is a blog with contributions by scientists working in the field. It covers current information on climate, as well as material discussing treatment of climate information by the media.

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Government Agencies - International

Canada - Meterological Service (MSC)

Canada's Source for Meteorological Data

United Kingdom Meteorological Office

UK's biggest weather information provider; includes links to other weather sites.

World Meteorological Organization - member list of National Weather Services

Lists National Weather Services or National Hydrological Services for almost 187 member states and territories. (Select "WMO Members" from right side of page).

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Government Agencies - U.S.A.

NOAA - Storm Prediction Center

NOAA - National Climatic Data Center

World's largest archive of climate data.

NOAA - National Severe Storms Laboratory

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Offers current assessment and extended outlooks on precipitation, wind, wildfire conditions for the United States.

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NOAA's Top Weather, Water and Climate Events of the 20th Century

This list details U.S. and global storms & climate events most noted for their atmospheric marvel or impact on human life.

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Hurricanes,Tropical Cyclones and Typhoons


This web site from NCDC offers recent annual summaries for Atlantic hurricane seasons. Also, has information on selected named hurricanes, as well as maps of landfalling hurricanes back to 1899.

National Hurricane Center

Provides information on Atlantic& Caribbean Hurricanes, as well as those in the Eastern Pacific. Provides links to worldwide tropical cyclone centers. General information on hurricanes, as well as historical information (includes the following:1492-1996 Atlantic Deadliest Hurricanes, 1900-2000 USA Deadliest Hurricanes, Most Expensive, Most Intense, US Strikes by Decade, US Strikes by State)

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Journal Abbreviations


A registry of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations .

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Starting Points

Climatology and Paleoclimatology Resources

Links to climatology & paleoclimatology resources including data sites, climate modeling groups, documents, and a glossary.

EnviroLink Library

Comprehensive resource guide to environmental information available on the Internet; divided into the following categories: air, earth, water, fire, and flora & fauna.


A NOAA site containing links to primary data sources, forecasts, maps, images, & the national weather research centers and other related agencies.


WeatherNet is the premier source of weather information; provides access to forecasts, images, and the Net's largest collection of weather links.


An atmospheric & oceanic sciences Internet resource locator for science & policy sites; provided by the NOAA .

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Journals - Print & OnlineAccessible to University at Albany users only

Search the University at Albany's online catalog for electronic and print journals in atmospheric science.

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Maps & Images

Geostationary Satellite Data

Provides real time images of the Earth; images are available for five regions: North America; North and South America, Atlantic and East Pacific; Hawaii, Pacific Ocean and North America; Japan, Australia, West Pacific, and Asia; & a global geostationary satellite composite.

Roger's Skypix

An electronic photo gallery of the atmosphere.

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Meetings & Conferences

All Conferences: Meteorology

All Conferences is a directory that focuses on up-coming conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits, workshops, events, and meetings. It may be browsed by subject field or searched.

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Weather Forecasts & Forecasting

Albany Weather Page

forecasting data from the University at Albany Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; includes surface & upper air data, radar imagery, satelitte imagery, numerical forecast products, & textural forecast products.

Climate Diagnostics Center

Seeks to identify the nature & causes for climate variations on time scales ranging from a month to centuries.

Climate Prediction Center

Its mission is to maintain a continuous watch on short-term climate fluctuations & to diagnose & predict them; includes a section called Climate Spotlight which offers monthly & seasonal forecasts & updates.

The Daily Planet

Learn to read weather maps and make your own forecasts, find out about the earth's changing climate, or try the Weather Visualizer, which displays almost-real-time weather forecasts and images.

Rain or Shine - from AccuWeather

Graphical 5-day forecasts for major cities continually updated; Albany's forecast.

Storm Prediction Center

SPC monitors and forecasts severe and non-severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other hazardous weather phenomena across the conterminous U.S.

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