Earth Data Links:

Country Information  
CIA Factbook This is the first place you go to find a concise summary of basic facts about a country.
NationMaster A fantastic site that gives compilations and plots of statistics that compare countries and regions. This is a great site if you want to make graphs comparing economics, energy, etc of various countries. Great for Earth Summit comparisons.
MAPS Country maps for your writings
Library of Contress Great political and physical maps.
National Geographic This has much more than maps.
InfoPlease Atlas Another source of maps
Plate Tectonics Note: use data from plate tectonics web sites sparingly. You should use the "Our Dynamic Planet" data on your class CD for the bulk of your plate tectonics writing assignment.
NOAA Natural Hazards Viewer Shows world map overlays of quakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other natural hazards.
Global Ocean Properties Data  

Global Ocean Data Viewer

Viewer overview

This viewer is accessible from the EarthEd software. It displays ocean map and depth section data from the World Ocean Atlas 1998 and from the Lamont data server site. This viewer is the easiest to use, and allows you to browse ocean data and automatically upload plot figures to your graphics library.
WOA Ocean Data Viewer A display of global ocean properties data that is very easy to use.
eWOCE downloadabled displays of ocean (surface and cross-section) parameters.
Help using LAS ("Live Access Server") (do this link first!) LAS won't work on some browsers/computer combinations. Read this first to get a good start

PMEL "Live Access Server version 6.0

Use Internet Explorer. Won't work on Macintosh browsers.

Ocean temperature, salinity, dissolved gases, precipitation and other global ocean data.

This site is somewhat complicated and fussy to use. You can get the same data from the Global Ocean Data Viewer, so try it first.

Lamont Climate Data Library




go directly to Levitus sea surface temp This has a large collection of data. It's industrial strength, but you can click around, take the tutorial, and find a wide variety of information here. The IRI Maproom also has access to some useful data.

Lamont Data direct links:

Wind climatology
Wind monthly
Surface Barometric Pressure climatology
Surface Barometric Pressure monthly
Sea Surface Temp climatology
Sea Surface Temp Anomaly
Precipitation climatology
Precipitation, monthly 1971-1999
Temp and Precip plots for a location
More links to Lamont data displays
Atmosphere Data  
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) Carbon dioxide and fossil fuel use by country
CEISIN Environmental policy and sustainability information. Great source! Center for International Earth Science Information Network (Environmental Performance Index Reports)
NOAA Climate Data Center Entry portal to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's vast climate data library.
QuickSCAT Wind Reports Spectacular animations of current wind conditions at various locations on the earth. Click on Animations.
Beaches, Wavesand Coastline  
Prof Sylvester's Santa Barbara Beaches Library  
Coastal Data Information Program Data about coastal conditions, including waves. (wave models example)
Scripps facs site Surfing and weather information. Cool surf pics mixed with links to serious weather and ocean information sites.
Fisheries related  
Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory The "Live Access Server" that is linked here has the same browser limitations as the other LAS sites. Link to wind data images.
Environmental Policy  
World Data Center for Human Interactions and the Environment A very interesting site.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics This site has a wealth of data about US energy consumption. When you get to the main page, you will link to what looks like reports. Click on the "html" link by each report to see it. Example: US Highway miles travelled.
UN Population statistics Want facts and figures about over and under and mis-population? Here's the place.
Global Warming Impacts A great site that allows you to browse the impacts of global warming, around the world.
Environmental Sustainability Viewer

It's a relatively long download, but allows you to plot global color maps that show each country's performance for various factors related to sustainability. A MUST SEE!