What is ESS-DIVE?
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental System Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE) is a new data archive for Earth and environmental science data. The mission of ESS-DIVE is to preserve, expand access to, and improve usability of critical data generated through DOE-sponsored research of terrestrial and subsurface ecosystems in support of the DOE’s efforts to address some of society’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges. ESS-DIVE is maintained by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and funded by the DOE’s Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research program (BER). To learn more, see About ESS-DIVE.
What kind of data will ESS-DIVE archive?
ESS-DIVE will manage data obtained from observational, experimental, and modeling research that is funded by the DOE under its Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) and Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) Programs in the Environmental Systems Science (ESS) activity. Key data types include hydrogeology, ecology, geochemistry, biology, climate and geophysics. These data range from molecular to global scales and are collected in environments spanning bedrock to canopy.
Is ESS-DIVE accepting datasets? Can I get a data DOI now through ESS-DIVE?
ESS-DIVE is accepting datasets as of April 1, 2017. We are currently accepting data from projects/SFA programs funded by the DOE’s Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research ESS program. If you have ESS project data you want to upload, go to our upload portal to Submit data. We are able to publish the data and issue DOIs.
Can I archive environmental data that is not funded by the DOE with ESS-DIVE?
ESS-DIVE is primarily intended to host DOE-sponsored environmental research data. However, we would consider archiving certain datasets that are not funded by the DOE, but are of high value to our projects and programs. We will expect that any external data submissions conform to ESS-DIVE data and metadata standards. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in archiving such data with ESS-DIVE.
I am an ESS PI, and I want to store our project’s data in ESS-DIVE. What do I say in our data management plan?
If your project is an SBR or TES program/project and you would like to store your data in ESS-DIVE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not provide language to use in a data management plan, but we provide letters of support for ESS proposals.
What happened to the CDIAC and the data hosted there?
The CDIAC data archive ceases operation at the end of September 2017. The data collected over 30 years of CDIAC operation is transitioning to new archives. ESS-DIVE is managing the transition, and is hosting an interim version of the CDIAC website that provides access to the CDIAC data. If you have any questions about ESS-DIVE or the data transition, contact email@example.com.
The new archive for the CDIAC data will be ESS-DIVE, except in the specific cases mentioned below. The Oceanic Trace Gas data have been transitioned to the new Ocean Carbon Data System (OCADS) operated by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) at https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/ocads/. The Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) data are being transitioned to Cal Tech at http://www.tccon.caltech.edu/. HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) data are transitioning to the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory at https://www.eol.ucar.edu/data-software.
When and how will ESS-DIVE start providing access to its datasets?
ESS-DIVE has started to work on its data access services. Some of the data are available on the ESS-DIVE website, but we will continue to host the interim version of the CDIAC website that provides access to the CDIAC data, till our transition is complete.
Are updates to the CDIAC datasets available?
ESS-DIVE is not updating any of the CDIAC data. Here are some links to check out for additional data:
- International Energy Agency (https://www.iea.org/statistics/relateddatabases/co2emissionsfromfuelcombustion/ ) – provides global and national (~ 140 countries) estimates including estimates by sector (e.g., residential, electricity generation).
- Jos Oliver/Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) – provides emissions estimates for several atmospheric species including carbon dioxide including global and national time series and gridded (0.1 x 0.1) estimates.
- US Environmental Protection Agency (https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions ) – provides detailed emission estimates including sectoral estimates for the United States.
- Global Emission Inventory Activity (GEIA, http://eccad.aeris-data.fr/#DatasetPlace ) – provides gridded emissions estimates for many atmospheric species including carbon dioxide.
- Tom Oda (NASA/GSFC)/ ODIAC (http://odiac.org/index.html) – Odiac (Open-source Data Inventory for Anthropogenic CO2) is a global high-resolution emission dataset for fossil fuel carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, initially developed by the Japanese Greenhouse gas Observing SATellite (GOSAT) project. Odiac emissions are based on CDIAC estimates and create spatial and temporal distributions using various proxy data such as satellite-observed nighttime lights and power plant profiles.
How does one join the ESS-DIVE community?
Thanks for your interest in ESS-DIVE! We welcome additional members to our community, and encourage interested researchers to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also add you to our low-volume community mailing list, where we will post regular updates on new ESS-DIVE features and tools, information on scientific research using ESS-DIVE data, and notifications about upcoming ESS-DIVE trainings and events.
What are ESS-DIVE’s plans for community outreach?
ESS-DIVE has a strong focus on community engagement, and seeks to connect with researchers to inform use cases centered on ESS data needs, and to develop or adopt community-preferred standards for various data types. We will reach out to the community in a number of ways including this website, our community mailing list and annual newsletter, various scientific conferences and DOE meetings, and an annual ESS-DIVE user meeting. Once we deploy our core services in Spring 2018, we will have tutorials and webinars that guide interested users through our tools.