PROCEEDINGS: Index of Abstracts
CATALOG OF LONG-TERM RESEARCH CONDUCTED WITHIN THE
USDA FOREST SERVICE, NORTHEASTERN FOREST EXPERIMENT STATION
USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment
Station, Delaware, OH 43015.
Long-term data sets are described in a catalog to reduce duplication
of scientific efforts and to facilitate interaction among researchers.
Individual entries for each of 90 long-term data sets include details
such as site characteristics, variable names, year collected, sampling
design, data storage method, intended purpose of the data set and
potential application to global change research. Catalog entries
are organized according to common study topics into 29 themes such
as forest monitoring: vegetation in unmanaged forests, fertilization:
effects on stream water, birds: habitat relationships, insects:
population dynamics and soils: characteristics associated with plants.
Themes contain as few as one and as many as 25 entries. Some multipurpose
entries are categorized under more than one theme.
Reviews affirm the catalog is easy to use, informative and will
cultivate productive communication among researchers. A secondary
result is that scientists are expressing a renewed and attentive
awareness toward the management of long-term data. The resources
employed to develop a database of metadata are substantiated as
long as higher quality research is a result of better awareness.
The catalog, forthcoming as a Forest Service publication with dBASE
format, is already in high demand. Several options have been encouraged
as ways to make the catalog accessible through the Internet. The
Station and the Northern Global Change Research Program share a
commitment to maintain and update their investment in high quality