EMAP-West Data Flow
Data collected through EMAP funding are used primarily by the EMAP-West Study participants to fulfill Study objectives, namely, assessments of the environmental conditions of the region. These assessments require an early exchange of preliminary data among all Study participants and partners. Further, because these data are (1) collected under a consistent design and consistent methods over broad regions, (2) of high-quality, and (3) well-described, they are valuable to many researchers and managers outside the Study. The data must be moved to the public domain in a form that is useful to a wide range of users and must remain accessible for the long term. This move occurs after quality assurance and Study analyses are completed.