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Chemical Environmental Specific Databases
Chemical Environmental Specific Databases and Searching Information Related to the Air, Water, and our Environment
The theme of the 242nd National Meeting was the Chemistry of Air, Space & Water. This CINF Sunday morning session in Denver kicked off the theme for the Division of Chemical Information with an introduction to a few of the many available database resources for information on environmental aspects of chemicals in terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric environments.
Speakers addressed the challenges of creating databases for focused areas of research as well as those encountered in developing unified national repositories of information about manmade chemicals in the environment. Most of the featured resources are available on the web, but future developments may make more information available on smartphones and other mobile technology. Speakers included scientists from government agencies (USGS and USDA), academic librarians, and a representative from CAS. During the course of the morning, speakers provided links to a number of web resources that will be of interest to many readers. A summary of some of these resources, along with the presentation title and author are given here:
Can a compact means of representing the ionic equilibria of multi-acid/base aqueous solute molecules be devised?
R. Don Wauchope , US Department of Agriculture (retired)
Wauchope presented on the development of USDA Pesticide Properties Databases (ARS, NRCS and FOOTPRINT databases) and the SPARC chemical property calculator and its application in predicting ionization of pesticides in the environment.
ARChem's physicochemical calculator, SPARC
USGS National Geochemical Database: Recovering, repackaging, and repurposing 50+ years of historical data
Steven M. Smith, David B. Smith, US Geological Survey
Focusing on elements and compounds primarily of economic interest, but also on those playing a role in environmental health, Smith spoke about the historical and current development of theNational Geochemical Database.
National Geochemical Database Project
Mineral Resources Data Download Site
Quality of water resources from the U.S. Geological Syrvey: An introduction
Shu Guo, Central Michigan University
Guo presented on an array of resources from the USGS related to groundwater, surface waters, water quality measurements, and marine waters.
USGS Water Resources – links to various water data collected by USGS
National Water Information System (NWIS) – water quality data
WaterQualityWatch – real-time water quality of surface waters
National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program
SPARROW Surface Water-Quality Modeling
Public access to toxic release data: Exploring TRI and RTKnet.org
Barbara Losoff, University of Colorado Boulder
Using styrene releases and concerns about exposure as a case study, Losoff compared two interfaces to the Toxic Release Inventory data – the TRI Explorer from EPA and the RTK website.
“What is the Toxics Release Inventory Program?”
EPA TRI Explorer interface
CHEMLIST: Chronicling the course of regulated chemistry
Roger J. Schenck, CAS
Schenck presented an overview of international chemical regulatory efforts and of the coverage of the CHEMLIST database.
Finally, I’d like to draw attention to the growing number of information resources for environmentally important chemicals that are available as mobile apps for smartphones and other devices. There are also a couple of interesting news items that highlight use of mobile detection technology coupled with smartphones to help first responders at fire and chemical spill sites.
CAMEO – EPA Emergency management tool
WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) – National Library of Medicine
HazMat Reference and Emergency Response Guide
Cell-All: Super Smartphones Sniff Out Suspicious Substances
Intel Fireball Lets You know if its Safe to Enter a Burning Building
Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Symposium Organizer