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This page provides a growing selection of links to environmental humanities organizations and resources that may be of interest to Environment & Society Portal users. Note that the links below will take you away from the Portal. Please use the feedback button to suggest further related organizations and resources.
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
The BHL is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. It is committed to the retrodigitization of historical literature about biodiversity and expanding its worldwide accessibility according to the principles of open access.
Botanicus is a freely accessible repository of digitized historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. The main focus of the collection are illustrated botany volumes from the library's rare book collection.
- Census of Marine Life - History of Marine Animal Populations
The History of Marine Animal Population (HMAP) is a global research initiative that analyzes and displays marine population data. It aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the worlds oceans changes over the long term.
EC-Earth is a earth-system model developed by a consortium of European research institutions aimed at studying the complex processes at work in the climate system and the evaluation of future impacts of climate change. The site holds also worldwide yearly synopses for various atmosphere and ocean variables since 1850.
- Encyclopedia of Earth
The Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference work that contains expert-reviewed articles by scholars, educators and other professionals about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. Freely accessible and fully searchable, its articles will be of interest for students, educators, scholars, and professionals, as well as to the general public.
- Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life collects and showcases taxonomic data, distribution areas, images, zoological descriptions, and further references for every species in the world. It gathers this data from partner institutions as well as from the members of its community. The result is a constantly growing database. Founding institutions include the Field Museum, Harvard University, the Marine Biological Laboratory, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution.
- Environmental Economics
The Environmental Economics webpage aims at furthering the amount of information available on the Internet about environmental, ecological and natural resources economics. It provides useful information and links for practitioners and students in the field.
- Environmental History Database Austria
The EHDA is hosted by the Center for Environmental History (ZUG), an initiative of the Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies of Klagenfurt University (IFF) in Vienna. The database profiles research in environmental history in Austria by providing details of works of environmental history, academic "gray literature," and reports of current and completed research projects. More than 1200 data sets are searchable by period, location, and theme.
- Environmental History Resources
This website is maintained by Jan Oosthoek, an environmental historian based at the University of Newcastle in England. The site covers a wide range of topics, including landscape history, forestry and land use, pollution and ideas and perceptions of nature. Featured resources include topical bibliographies, essay collections on environmental history and a podcast series providing current information on conferences, publications, and research.
- Environmental Humanities
Environmental Humanities is an international open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.
- Europeana Portal
Europeana is a web portal that enables its users to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives, and audio-visual collections. Details of millions of digitized books, paintings, films, museum objects, and archival records throughout Europe are available via a single web interface.
- The Evolution of the Conservation Movement
Part of the Library of Congress "American Memory" project, this virtual exhibition documents the evolution of the American conservation movement by providing access to primary sources such as books, pamphlets, and photographs, as well as a chronology of selected events that helped shape the movement. It draws on various Library of Congress holdings and collections.
- Forest History Society
This site hosts a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history for all to use. It covers everything from timber, water, soil, forage, fish, and wildlife to recreation and spiritual values. The Forest History Society also promotes scholarship in the fields of forest, conservation, and environmental history.
- GARDEN - Guide on Archives regarding Environmental History in Belgium, 18th-20th century
GARDEN is a two years research project started in August 2011 and supported by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, the State Archives of Belgium and the State Archives in the Provinces. Its aim is to list and explain archives produced by Belgian public institutions between 1700 and 1980 that are relevant for environmental history.
- Global Action Atlas (National Geographic)
The Global Action Atlas is a nonprofit initiative of National Geographic Mission Programs. It profiles hundreds of projects from around the world and presents users with the opportunity to "take action" by donating, volunteering, advocating, and sharing information.
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) aims at encouraging free and open access to biodiversity data gathered through a global network of countries and organizations, Among GBIF's aims there is the promotion of access and use of information about spatial and temporal distribution of organisms.
- H-Net Environment
Part of H-NET, the Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative, H-Environment is supported by organizations of professional historians including the American Society for Environmental History and the European Society for Environmental History. The website is intended as a general resource for people interested in environmental history and contains a wealth of materials, from book reviews and conference announcements to a course syllabus library and a survey of films.
- Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
Organized by George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank uses electronic media to preserve and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by collecting first-hand accounts, on-scene images, blog postings, and podcasts.
- JSTOR Plant Science
JSTOR Plant Science is a powerful research tool for aggregating and exploring the world’s botanical resources. Its easy-to-use interface provides students, scholars, and scientists with access to a range of content relevant to disciplines such as botany, biology, ecology, and environmental and conservation studies.
- NOAA - Natural Hazards Databases
The US National Geophysical Data Center offers images and data about recent and historical tsunami, earthquakes and volcanoes. Data may be easily retrieved via an advanced search facility featuring time-range search, and a map interface.
- NOAA - Online Climate Data Directory
The US National Climatic Data Center offers sets of data about worldwide climate, gathered in various weather stations since 1901. Data may be viewed over a textual search facility and a map viewer.
- Now & Then: A Photo History of Life in Nature
The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Historypin to make its photo archives publicly available on the Internet and gather a crowdsourced collection of historic photos about the role of natural places in people's lives.
- Oekologiche Erinnerungsorte
Since Pierre Nora’s 1984 Les lieux de mémoire, “sites of memory” have become part of a vast literature on cultures of memory and public history. Edited by environmental historian Frank Uekoetter, this project brings together essays and contributions on "Environmental Sites of Memory," and will invite additional contributions and comments from the public.
- Protected Planet
The Protected Planet website maps and showcases data about protected areas from all over the world. It is also possible to download the complete dataset for further analysis.
- Yale Environment 360
Published by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues. It features original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news.
- Aldo Leopold Foundation
The Aldo Leopold Foundation's website is a great starting point for exploring the life and legacy of the influential conservationist, forester, philosopher, and writer. The site's offerings include teaching materials and virtual tour of the Leopold Center. The Leopold Archives, a collaboration of the Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives, provides online access Leopold's papers and related documents and photographs.
- American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)
The ASEH was founded in 1977 as the first scholarly organization to promote research, teaching, and public outreach in the field of environmental history. It aims to increase understanding of the role the environment has played throughout human history. The ASEH's quarterly journal Environmental History is published by Oxford University Press.
- Climates of Migration
The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, together with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI), is engaged in a new project that looks at the historical intersections of climate change and environmental migrations. Seven researchers from various disciplines will pursue individual and collaborative projects focusing on "Climates of Colonization," "Climates of Famine," and "Disaster Migration."
- Environmental Humanities: A Transatlantic Research Network
The transatlantic network of scholars in the environmental humanities was made possible by the Alexander von Humboldt Alumni-Prize in 2011 awarded to Sabine Wilke from the University of Washington. The objective of these collaborations is to develop a broader framework for thinking about the environment rooted in the productive encounter of ecocritical models of thought with the German tradition in the broadest sense of the term. The basic premise is that the humanities broadly construed in a transatlantic framework can play a vital role in fostering social awareness and informed decision-making.
- European Cultural Heritage (ECHO)
An initiative to create an infrastructure that makes cultural heritage openly accessible via the Internet, ECHO is rooted in a network of institutions, research projects, and other users providing content and technologies.
- European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)
ESEH is a scholarly society founded in 1999 to promote environmental history in Europe by encouraging and supporting research, teaching, and publications on the relationships between human culture and the environment. The Society aims to stimulate dialogue between humanistic scholarship, environmental science and other disciplines. The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) works closely with the ESEH on several projects, including Arcadia: Explorations in European Environmental History.
- Global Diversity Foundation
Organizations affiliated with the GDF promote agricultural, biological, and cultural diversity around the world. The organization's international program offers training opportunities in biocultural diversity and ethnoecology research methods. The foundation is directed by Gary Martin, who is also a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
- Natural History Network
The Natural History Network aims at promoting the value of natural history "by discussing and disseminating ideas and techniques on its successful practice to educators, scientists, artists, writers, the media, and the public at large." Established in 2007, it publishes the online Journal of Natural History Education and Experience and organizes symposia, conference sessions, and workshops.
- Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Established in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Nelson Institute promotes interdisciplinary scholarship in environmental studies. The Institute was renamed in 2002 after the former Wisconsin governor and US Senator Gaylord Nelson, who founded Earth Day.
- NiCHE: Network in Canadian History and Environment
NiCHE brings together historians, geographers, and other researchers who study nature and humans in Canada's past. It offers a forum for the field, supports collaboration among scholars, and ensures that associated research is shared with policymakers, scientists, and the Canadian public.
- Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES)
NIES is a research network for environmentally oriented studies based primarily in the humanities. The network consists of researchers whose work addresses environmental questions from numerous disciplinary angles; the fields of history, literature, ethnology, linguistics, landscape architecture and cultural studies are represented among its more than fifty affiliated researchers.
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