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Environment/Climate Portal - Overview

Through its partnerships with industry, government, and academia, NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science, for example by calibrating the sensors of climate-mapping satellites and detecting ever more minute quantities of toxins and pollutants in our air, soil, water, and blood.

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Programs and Projects
Marine Environmental Metabolomics

NIST is developing NMR-based metabolomics for use as a tool to expand research on the impacts of environmental stressors on marine organisms. The … more

Measurements and Standards for Contaminants in Biological (Human) Materials

For the past 25 years NIST has developed a number of biological fluid and tissue Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) primarily for clinically … more

Interlaboratory Comparison Exercises for Organic Contaminants and Trace Elements in Marine Sediments and Tissues

Three separate interlaboratory comparison exercises for environmental contaminants in marine specimens were administered in 2007/2008 by the … more

Monitoring Contaminants in the Arctic and Subarctic Using Banked Seabird Eggs

In 1999, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS-AMNWR), the U.S. Geological Survey Biological … more

Development of Standards for the World Meteorological Organization, Global Atmosphere Watch Program

The presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which include hydrocarbons, monoterpenes and oxygenates, in the atmosphere has become important … more

Global Warming and Greenhouse Gases

The Gas Metrology Group has undertaken a major climate change program that involves collaborations with key stakeholders in the United States and … more

Standard Reference Photometer

The Standard Reference Photometer (SRP) Program began in the early 1980s as collaboration between NIST and the U.S. Environmental Protection … more

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