Atmospheric Sciences: Databases for Atmospheric Science Research

Atmospheric Science Databases

Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA)
This database includes records drawn from literature on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences. Also included are indexed charts, figures, graphs, maps, photographs, and tables from the scholarly research and technical literature for selected records. Topics covered by the database include air pollution, astrophysics, atmospheric disturbances, atmospheric structure, climatology, geomagnetism, glaciology, meteorological observations, physical oceanography, radiation, temperature, weather forecasting, and more.

Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of research literature and web sources. The database is updated daily and contains over 16,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers, 1200 Open Access journals, 520 conference proceedings, 650 trade publications, 315 book series, 36 million records, results from 431 million scientific web pages, 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices, "Articles-in-Press" from over 3,000 journals, and links to other full-text articles and library resources.

Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences  
The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences covers many aspects of atmospheric sciences, including both theory and applications. It currently contains over 350 articles, as well as over 1,900 figures and photographs. The Encyclopedia is aimed at academia, government, and industry in the fields of atmospheric, ocean, and environmental sciences and is written at a level that allows undergraduate students to understand the material while providing active researchers with updates on information in the field.

Browsing meteorology books
Many atmospheric science books have the call numbers QC 851 - QC 999 and can be found on Level 1 of the Library (map)
Books can only sit on one shelf, even though they often cover several topics. Documents from the U.S. federal government are arranged by agency, older print journals are in the ARC. Some formats, like maps or microforms, need special shelving and are housed separately. Electronic resources don’t sit on any shelf at all.  All this means it is prudent to use our catalog -- USearch -- and online indexes and databases. The serendipitous finds when browsing the stacks of a large research library can be rewarding, but it is not an efficient way to do research.

Library contact: Donna H. Ziegenfuss ( or the Science, Engineering, Health, Mines Team

General Science Databases

Academic Search Premier
A multi-disciplinary database which offers information in many areas of academic study, Academic Search Premier focuses on a range of subjects including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion/theology, and more. This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 and earlier are available for over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

CQ Researcher
The CQ Researcher publishes reports 44 times a year that offer in-depth single-topic coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each CQ Researcher report is investigated and written by a seasoned journalist. Editors identify the topic to be investigated, then the writer conceives its content, formulating the key questions that it will seek to answer; reads background material; interviews a range of sources; synthesizes available information; and writes the report. The report's writer quotes a range of sources, including lawmakers, academics, interest group representatives, government officials as well as citizens involved in the issue. The report concludes with a bibliography that contains an annotated list of key sources.

Credo Reference
Credo Reference provides access to full-text, aggregated reference content covering a variety of major subject areas. The database contains well over 3,000,000 full-text entries in over 500 reference books, collected from more than 70 publishers. The entries are drawn from encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations, and other sources. Credo is designed as a research tool and provides the ability to search, map, save, organize, and cross-reference the information in the collection.

Additional Atmospheric Science Databases and Resources

American Meterological Society Homepage - Contains links to news, career related links, journals, publications and also a student page that continas great resources to travel grant information, fellowships, etc.

American Meterological Society Journal List  - (1945 - present). You can read and search the full text of AMS journals online. AMS has done what few other scientific professional organizations and publishers have ... digitized its entire backrun.

CAMEL - Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning. CAMEL is a free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary multimedia resource for educators to enable them to effectively teach about climate change and allow them to create and share curricular resources.

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene - Is a new open-access scientific journal, that will publish original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systemsfocusing on global change. Research will be organized initially into six knowledge domains (Atmospheric Sciences, Earth & Environmental Science, Ecology, Ocen Science, Sustainable Engineering and Sustainability Sciences) embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society

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