GeoJournal

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 249–255 | Cite as

Harmonization of environmental measurement

  • Keune Hartmut 
  • Murray A. Beatrice 
  • Benking Heiner 
Article

Abstract

A wealth of data on the state of the environment is being created in innumerable programmes world-wide. Optimal use of this data requires that information on its existence is available, that it can be readily accessed and — most important — that the data be compiled and classified in a compatible way. Achieving this is the basic aim of harmonization of environmental measurement. Although great care is generally taken to harmonize data collected within programmes, harmonization between programmes remains a major goal for the future.

In 1989 UNEP established an office as a basis for the planned Harmonization of Environmental Measurement Project under the auspices of the Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS). The office describes the mission, rationale, and objectives of the project and the concepts underlying the harmonization of information on the environment collected at different levels and in different programmes.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Allgemeine ökologische Umweltbeobachtung. Sondergutachten des Sachverständigenrates für Umweltfragen (SRU), October 1990.Google Scholar
  2. Crain, I. K.: A meta-database for Harmonization of Environmental Measurement. Discussion Paper for the Expert Group Meeting, UNEP-HEM, Munich, May 1990Google Scholar
  3. International Environmental Monitoring, Information Management, and Documentation, GeoJournal, vol. 22, 4, 454 (1990)Google Scholar
  4. Keune, H.: Harmonisierung von Umweltmeßmethoden, TÜ BD.31, Nr.7/8, pp. 346–347, VDI-Verlag, Düsseldorf (1990)Google Scholar
  5. Keune, H.: Harmonisierung von Umweltmeßmethoden — Eine alte und neue UNEP-Aufgabe, Gesellschaft für Ökologie, Verhandlungen Band XIX/I, 19. Jahrestagung Osnabrück, VDBiol Umweltschutz Professionell, Gesellschaft für Ökologie, Göttingen 1989Google Scholar
  6. Report of UNEP Expert Meeting on Improvement and Harmonization of Environmental Measurement, Munich 9–11 December, 1987. GEMS Meeting Reports, No. 2Google Scholar
  7. Survey of Environmental Monitoring & Information Management Programmes of International Organisations. Draft edition available from the HEM-office, August 1990Google Scholar
  8. Überblick über welteite Umweltaktivitäten in München. TÜ BD.31, Nr. 10, VDI-Verlag, Düsseldorf (1990)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keune Hartmut 
    • 1
  • Murray A. Beatrice 
    • 2
  • Benking Heiner 
    • 3
  1. 1.UNEP-HEM Office, c/o GSF — Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und GesundheitNeuherbergGermany
  2. 2.UNEP-HEM Office, c/o Institut für PathologieNeuherbergGermany
  3. 3.GreifenbergGermany

Personalised recommendations