ecology

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard

"The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) provides a national framework for organizing information about coasts and oceans and their living systems. It provides a structure for developing and synthesizing data so that ecosystems can be identified, characterized, and mapped in a standard way across regional and national boundaries. CMECS also supports status and trend monitoring activities, policy development, restoration planning, and fisheries management. The standard complements existing wetland and upland classification systems.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System

"ITIS is an easily accessible database with reliable information on species names and their hierarchical classification that is publicly accessible with unlimited free use. The database is reviewed periodically to ensure high quality with valid classifications, revisions, and additions of newly described species. The ITIS includes documented taxonomic information of flora and fauna from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

Everglades Online Thesaurus

"The Everglades Online Thesaurus is a structured vocabulary of concepts and terms relating to the south Florida environment. Designed as an information management tool for both researchers and metadata creators, the Thesaurus is intended to improve information retrieval across the many disparate information systems, databases, and web sites that provide Everglades-related information. The vocabulary provided by the Everglades Online Thesaurus expresses each relevant concept using a single ‘preferred term’, whereas in natural language many terms may exist to express that same concept.

Tesauro del Medio Ambiente para América Latina y el Caribe

"Para una mejor comprensión del tema y adecuada aplicación de los descriptores en el proceso de análisis de información ambiental, hemos considerado necesario presentar en la primera parte del tesauro, los módulos o grandes categorías bajo los cuales se han agrupado los descriptores.
Estas categorías ofrecen una visión de conjunto de los componentes del medio ambiente y coinciden con la organización que le otorgan la mayoría de los especialistas, para estudiar el contexto ambiental latinoamericano.

"For a better understanding of the subject and adequate application of the descriptors in the process of analysis of environmental information, we considered it necessary to present in the first part of the thesaurus, the modules or large categories under which the descriptors have been grouped.
These categories offer an overview of the components of the environment and coincide with the organization that is given by the majority of specialists to study the Latin American environmental context.

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