State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012ME260B
Title: Informatics approaches for reuse and modeling of heterogeneous mercury data
Project type: Research
Start date: 3/ 1/2012
End date: 2/28/2013
Congressional district: Maine 2nd
Focus categories: Non Point Pollution, Models, Toxic Substances
Keywords: Data Analysis, Data Storage and Retrieval, Geographic Information, Toxic Substances
Principal Investigators: Beard, Kate (University of Maine); Bacon, Linda; Neville, Melinda (University of Maine)
Federal funds: $ 3,380
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 52,114
Abstract: Maine's mercury (Hg) research legacy spans three decades and many different ecosystem pools, but the diverse nature of Hg data makes comparison across studies difficult. As such, our ability to measure changes in Hg contamination in response to the regulation of Hg emissions is limited, and researchers have difficulties comparing results or utilizing the wealth of Hg data more broadly. A spatiotemporal database collating research data from Maine was constructed to support disparate data analysis and modeling. The next chapter of this research will create ontologies fostering data integration and reuse for geospatial modeling and prediction of Hg dynamics.

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