The Water Systems Analysis Group of the Complex Systems Research Center at
UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space has purchased a one-year
FAOSAT site license for the university.
FAOSAT is an on-line database developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations containing information and data on various aspects of food and agriculture from more than 200 countries and territories.
The Water Systems Analysis Group is involved in a variety of scientific studies exploring the global water cycle and the role of humans in changes to water dynamics and chemistry. It purchased the FAOSAT site license for its own research, and "realized we could extend this license to provide free access to all UNH faculty, staff and students," says Pamela Green, research scientist in the Complex Systems Research Center. "We would like to generate enough interest in the database among the entire university community to encourage the university library to support the site license in the future."
The database contains more than one million time series records including country-level data for agricultural production and trade, food supply, producer prices, land use and irrigation, fishery and forestry statistics, and many other agricultural indices.
"I could see this data supporting research or studies in economics, policy and planning, and earth systems," Green says. "Students could use this information to support class projects or independent study efforts associated with food and agricultural issues."
The database is unique in that it offers a uniform collection and accounting of the countrywide data resulting in a globally consistent dataset.
The on-line database supports interactive query and download capabilities, as well as unlimited access to FTP bulk download files. It is available to all UNH students, faculty and staff members and can be accessed through the UNH Library On-Line Database page or directly via the Web.
By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau
Additional information available at:http://unh-fao:firstname.lastname@example.org/subscriber/