Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The volume of international and national environmental data and information in the marine, earth and atmospheric sciences has created the need to systematically organize, handle, manipulate, store and retrieve this material utilizing sophisticated computer hardware and provide the scientist, student, planner and decision-maker with the awareness and accessibility of available data and information. Consonant with the objectives outlined for NOAA and the need generated by the explosion of information and data in this area, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), Environmental Data Service (EDS) and the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), have an ongoing development effort in the Envirorrmental Data Index and theOceanic and Atmospheric Scientific Information System (ENDEX/OASIS) It provides a "one - stop" service on a marginal costrecovery basis that is available to the public for computerized searching of references to technical literature, data, and research dealing with the environmental sciences and marine and coastal resources.