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Published February 27, 2013 | Version v1.0.0
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Examination/analysis of carbon dioxide emissions data source/s for TOXMAP : Fall project final report.


Final Report for TOXMAP Project This report describes a special project on selecting data for TOXMAP. This report was completed on February 27, 2013 for work completed between October 2012 through January 2013.


Electricity production, transportation and other industries emit large quantities of greenhouse gases which trap heat in the atmosphere, raising the temperature of the earth. This study examines greenhouse gas emissions datasets from the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Data and non-profit Center for Global Developments Carbon Monitoring for Action, for inclusion in TOXMAP, a product of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). TOXMAP is a geographical information system which allows users the opportunity to visualize, analyze and understand datasets related to environmental and human health. Each dataset was reviewed using the TOXMAP data review questionnaire in order to provide in-depth information regarding the scope, quality, background source and ease or ability to integrate the dataset into the newest release of TOXMAP. NLMs Specialized Information Services division (SIS) will use the reviews to draw conclusions about the data and determine if either dataset should be included in TOXMAP. The data reviewer recommends the EPAs GHG Data dataset because it incorporates several greenhouse gases, covers several industries including electricity production, is updated yearly and is subjected to the EPAs rigorous data review process.


This research was supported in part by an appointment to the NLM Associate Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education as well as by the Intramural Research Program of the US National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.


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