The Salton Sea Atlas
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Summary
Abstract: The Salton Sea Atlas is a comprehensive collection of maps and
information
about the Salton Sea, arranged with the intent to illustrate the
environmental,
cultural and ecological processes affecting the sea. Diagrams, text,
photos,
charts, and maps are used to document the social and physical
history of the
area, as well as the current state of the surrounding region.
Innovative tools
and methods, including geographic information systems (GIS) were
used to
communicate complex spatial relationships among principal factors
influencing
the sea. Researchers, scientists, and policy makers will use this
information
resource to make better-informed decisions about the fate of the sea
and its
natural environment.

California's Salton Sea is a nexus of the forces of nature and the
momentum of
human civilization. Formed by the 1905 flooding of the Colorado
River into a
depression in the low Sonoran Desert, and believed by some observers
to be
temporary phenomenon destined to waste away, this great inland sea
has
nevertheless survived the 20th century and evolved into a rich and
complex, yet
fragile ecosystem, as well as the crown jewel of avian biodiversity
in the
state. As one of the nation?s most productive fishing spots and as a
temporary
home for literally hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, the sea
is
considered by many a vital natural resource worthy of protection.
Steadily
increasing runoff from large agricultural operations on the
surrounding land,
however, now threatens the delicate chemical balance of the sea,
and,
consequently, the entire ecosystem. These competing forces have set
the stage
for a political and environmental drama being played out in
Congress, state and
local governments, businesses and citizen organizations of every
description?an
exemplary drama for every one involved in one of the most important
new
battlegrounds of the 21st century: water.

The Salton Sea Atlas is the benchmark reference for the sea that
brings
together much of what is known about this complex and controversial
environment. Groundbreaking in its visual presentation of the
surprisingly
interwoven story, the Atlas is also the most comprehensive
scientific,
historical, and physical representation of this unique region ever
published.
Using cutting-edge geographic information systems technology, vast
(and
otherwise unmanageable) amounts of data were transformed into
multi-layered,
multi-themed maps that are as visually compelling as they are
revelatory of the
hidden nature of the Sea and its landscape.

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: Purchase the Salton Sea Atlas.


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Salton Sea Atlas Home Page.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 33.5 S: 33.0  E: -115.5  W: -116.2

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: The Redlands Institute at the University of Redlands
Dataset Title: The Salton Sea Atlas
Dataset Release Date: 2002
Dataset Release Place: Redlands, California
Dataset Publisher: ESRI
Other Citation Details: ISBN: 1-58948-043-0, 132 pages
Online Resource: http://store.esri.com/esri/showdetl.cfm?SID=2&Product_ID=138&Catego...


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > CALIFORNIA > SALTON SEA


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >LAKES >SALINE LAKES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ENVIRONMENT
INLAND WATERS


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Access Constraints
None


Use Constraints
None


Keywords
maps
information
environmental processes
cultural processes
ecological processes


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.esri.com/

Data Center Personnel
Name: ESRI REPRESENTATIVE
Phone: 1-800-447-9778
Contact Address:
ESRI's GIS Bookstore
380 New York Street
City: Redlands
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 92373-8100
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online
Distribution_Format: Book
Fees: $79.95


Personnel
ESRI REPRESENTATIVE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1-800-447-9778
Contact Address:
ESRI's GIS Bookstore
380 New York Street
City: Redlands
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 92373-8100
Country: USA


TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-08-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-21
Future DIF Review Date: 2004-08-26

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