Database / Tool

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Global Environment

  • The Global Environmental Database is an initiative of the Center for Global Environmental Research at NIES, whereby a variety of information relating to the global environment is collated, processed, archived and subsequently provided to researchers in both Japan and overseas, as well as to the general public.

Climate Change

Stratospheric Ozone

  • Vertical profiles of Ozone between 15km (20km before 1997) and 45km for cloudless nighttime, during 1988 to 2004 are available in digits and graphs.
  • Providing information on ultraviolet radiation, including UV index, for 14 sites in Japan on hourly basis. A website for cellular phone is also available.
  • Forecast of the position, shape, and size of the polar air-mass in the stratosphere. It is displayed in terms of potential vorticity maps calculated by CGER, using the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) weather forecast data.
  • UV radiation contains erythemally-weighted UV, as well as UV that synthesizes vitamin D3. Here the time to reach the MED and that needed to produce 10 μg of vitamin D for various sites across the Japanese Archipelago, is shown which will enable people to effectively manage their UV exposure and consider the risks and benefits of UV radiation.

Hydrology / Water Resources

  • The global water resources model H08 is a distributed hydrological model designed for global application. The model enables us to simulate not only natural terrestrial hydrological cycle but also major human activities at high spatial and temporal resolutions. Source code, manuals, and meteorological input data of H08 are available.

Health / Chemical Substance

  • The Health Effects Alert System (HEALS) is made up of four subsystems to support research for the evaluation of the health effects of chemicals - Chemical Toxicity and Gene Expression (ChemToxGen); Chemical Responsive Gene Database (ChemArrayDB); Profiles of Chemical Effects on Cells System (pCEC); and Multiprofiles of Chemical Effect on Health (MuICEH).
  • NIES has been preparing and distributing environmental and biological Certified Reference Materials for the past 20 years.

Atomospheric Environment

Water / Soil Environment

  • Database providing water quality and aquatic organisms data of Lake Kasumigaura, which has been monitored for nearly 40 years since the establishment of NIES.

Biology / Ecosystem

  • This is a searchable database containing information on the chief invasive alien species of Japan.
  • It is possible to refer to the list of strains preserved in the microbial culture collection at NIES, which includes the essential information of the culture strains, the references and image data. Additional information such as how to order, deposit, handle and cultivate strains is also available.
  • An ecological observation database managed by JaLTER in order to facilitate long-term ecological researches. Observation datasets in the database, provided by JaLTER sites, are available for non-commercial use.
  • Database search system providing DNA barcoding information on chironomid specimens including DNA barcodes, taxonomy, and collection sites.
  • A website that provides information on tropical coastal ecosystems : world distribution maps, plant species lists and ecosystem functions. We hope this information contributes to a deepened understanding oftropical coastal ecosystems and stimulates further discussion on theseecosystems.
  • BioWM contains mapping systems for GBIF occurrence data (records of observation, specimen etc), research data provided by Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES, and data provided by local users.

Waste / Recycle

  • The Lifespan database for Vehicles, Equipment and Structures (LiVES) is a database based on lifespan and usage data for commodities, containing information collated from a variety of sources, such as national statistical surveys; research papers; and reports by industrial bodies.

Environment and Society