Environmental Science

Database IconCore Databases

The following databases all contain a large number of articles pertaining to biology and the life sciences. To find articles on topics relating to environmental science, try searching these first.

Database IconOther Subject-Specific Databases

If you can’t find what you need in any of the core databases, try searching any of the databases below that focus more narrowly on your topic.

Ejournal IconEJournal Search at BU

Computer Lab IconWeb Resources

    • Congressional Research Service reports
      Full text of over 1200 objective and nontechnical reports on environmental and related topics prepared for the U.S.Congress; redistributed by the National Library for the Environment.
    • Science.gov
      a gateway to government science information and research results.  Science.gov provides a search of over 50 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2100 scientific websites  including DOE, DOD, EPA, and NASA.
    • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing
      A free ebook that serves as a resource for researchers specifically concerned with how the richness of species (or functional groups) affects ecosystem function.
    • SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect consolidates the contents of OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database, full text scientific and technical reports.
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (U.S. Department of Energy)
      The energy information portal available from this web site provides a gateway to hundreds of web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    • Energy Information Administration, US Government
      A statistical agency of the US Department of Energy. Publishes energy statistics, articles, and analysis, covering various fuels (including renewables) and countries, with a focus on the United States.
    • EnviroLink
      Online environmental community uniting hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news on a large variety of environmental topics.
    • EPA’s Climate Change
      EPA’s website provides information on climate change for communities, individuals, businesses, states, localities and governments.
    • EPA’s Water Home
      This Environmental Protection Agency site provides information about groundwater, water science, wastewater management, wetlands, oceans and watersheds.
    • Global Biodiversity Information Facility
      This site makes primary data on biodiversity freely and universally available via the internet.
    • Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)
      The GCMD serves as an excellent source of information about Earth science, environmental, biosphere, climate, and global change data and information made available to the international scientific community.
    • Global Invasive Species Database
      Allows the user to search for information on numerous invasive species.
    • Global Warming: Early Warning Signs (Climate HotMap)
      Information on global warming provided by a number of environmental organizations.
    • invasivespecies.gov
      From the National Agricultural Library. It provides extensive information about the impact of invasive species and the response of the federal government to this problem.
    • NASA Earth Observatory
      This web site provides a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth’s climate and environmental change.
    • Red List of Threatened Species
      This list, compiled by IUCN – The World Conservation Union, provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that are facing a high risk of global extinction.
    • UNESCO Water Portal
      This web site is intended to enhance access to online information related to freshwater and provide information about UN programs dealing with water.
    • USAID Global Climate Change
      This web site from the United States Agency for International Development includes information on policies and programs, annual reporting, publications and outreach, and country narratives. It also features information on the following sectors: clean energy technology, land use and forestry, adapting to climate variability and change, capacity building, and climate science for decision-making.
    • Water Resources of the United States
      This government web site provides a wealth of reliable, impartial, and timely information needed to understand the water resources of the United States.
    • Wilderness.net
      This web site provides information about a variety of topics related to the US national wilderness including the definition, management, and use.

Research Centers and Labs

Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research

This institute conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes to study the global system and environmental science. This site has a large amount of data about global change research including real time ozone soundings and a hydrographic atlas of the Southern Ocean.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)

CDIAC is the primary global-change and greenhouse effect data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

Complex Systems Research Center

CSRC is dedicated to the study of the biologically mediated geochemistry of the Earth System.

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

CIRES is a collaborative research and teaching institute covering the wide-ranging disciplines of the environmental sciences. Its mission is to act as a national resource for multidisciplinary research and education in the environmental sciences by providing scientific leadership in the basic and applied research relevant to environmental and earth sciences issues.

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Environmental Change Network

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) is the UK’s long-term, integrated environmental monitoring and research program. ECN gathers information about the pressures on and responses to environmental change in physical, chemical and biological systems.

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

EWG is a not-for-profit environmental research organization that uses information to improve public health and protect the environment by reducing pollution in air, water and food.

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center with programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources.

Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network

LTER is a collaborative effort involving more than 1100 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

NCAR performs research on atmospheric and related science problems related to our understanding of the earth system, including climate change, changes in atmospheric composition, Earth-Sun interactions, weather formation and forecasting, and the impacts of all of these components on human societies.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL focuses on developing and advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Division

ESRL’s Global Monitoring Division conducts sustained observations and research related to global distributions, trends, sources and sinks of atmospheric constituents that are capable of forcing change in the climate of the Earth.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

This lab conducts high-quality research and provides scientific leadership on important issues in both Great Lakes and marine coastal environments leading to new knowledge, tools, approaches, awareness and services.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Environmental Sciences Division (ESD)

Interdisciplinary research and development organization conducting research, developing technology, and performing analyses to understand and assess responses to global and regional change, environmental stress, and resource use. Publications and more detailed information about research projects are available.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

SERC’s interdisciplinary research applies long-term studies to examine the ecological questions about landscapes of linked ecosystems, especially those impacted by human activities. Publications and more detailed information about research projects are available.

Water Quality Group (North Carolina State University)

This group is a multidisciplinary team that analyzes and conducts natural resource management programs with an emphasis on nonpoint source pollution policy, assessment, and control technologies.


Center for Biological Diversity

This center is an endangered species advocate who provides an excellent web site for information on endangered animal species.

Center for Health and the Global Environment

The Center for Health and the Global Environment works to expand environmental education at medical schools and to further investigate and promote awareness of the human health consequences of global environmental change.

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

This non-profit organization works to help people, especially students, in environmental issues find employment working for the environment.

Environmental Defense Fund

This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem for all people and future generations.

Environmental Protection Agency (United States)

This federal government web site provides information about many environmentally-related topics; laws, regulations, and dockets; and links to educational and informational resources.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

ICLEI’s works to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local actions.

International Fund for Animal Welfare

This organization works to prevent cruelty to animals and protect wild animals and their habitats.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

IISD works to advance policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resource management to make development sustainable.

International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

ISES works to advance renewable energy technology, encouraging implementation and education all over the world.

Jane Goodall Institute

This non-profit organization works to advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things.

Kai Makana Ocean Awareness

This organization takes an active role in educating and mobilizing the public to better understand and preserve marine life and the ocean environment. Through educational youth mentorship and community-based programs, Kai Makana motivates people to protect, preserve, and respect the ocean as an ecosystem central to our health, wellness and happiness.

Nature Conservancy

Non-profit organization working to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Rainforest Action Network

This non-profit organization works to protect the Earth’s rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action.

Sierra Club

This non-profit organization works to educate communities and protect the remaining wild areas on Earth.

Solar Energy International

SEI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide education and assistance so that others will be empowered to use renewable energy techniques.

United Nations Environment Programme

Global organization providing leadership and encouraging partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

World Agroforestry Centre

This nonprofit focuses on research and education in partnership with international institutions concerned with mitigating deforested tropical forests. World Agroforestry Centre’s purpose is to mitigate tropical deforestation, land depletion, and rural poverty through improved agroforestry systems.

World Resources Institute

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.