Formal Release of EcoINFORMA, Ecosystems.data.gov, and Two New Themes of Climate.data.gov

On December 9th, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, formally announced during the plenary session of A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) 2014 conference the launch of the U.S. Ecoinformatics-based Open Resources and Machine Accessibility (EcoINFORMA) initiative and its central web portal Ecosystems.data.gov, along with the Ecosystem Vulnerability theme and the Water theme of Climate.data.gov. EcoINFORMA aims to expand the availability and interoperability of biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services information, and it provides via the Ecosystems community web portal (Ecosystems.data.gov) an entry point for access to those ecosystem-related data and information resources. The Ecosystem Vulnerability theme and Water theme of the Climate community (Climate.data.gov) provide a variety of data products and tools to foster greater understanding of the impacts of climate change on ecosystem-related issues and processes, and on water resources, respectively.

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