, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 323–334 | Cite as

Access and Assimilation: Pivotal environmental information challenges

Linking, archiving, and exploiting multi-lingual and multi-scale environmental information repositories
  • Benking Heiner
  • Kampffmeyer
  • Ulrich B. 


The world-wide environmental exchange of information is hampered by difficulties bridging terminologies and languages so that trans-cultural, cross-sectoral, and multi-dimensional information can be made available in a usable form at low cost.

The alternative concepts and elements described are planned to contribute to HEMIS, UNEP-HEMs world-wide information and reference system. The potential content includes: environmentally relevant organizations, activities, systems, methods, data sources, qualities, and access methods.

The key design element is a multi-lingual thesaurus which has harmonization effect resulting from the structuring and strategic access to information. Documentation and retrieval is another concern beside the provision of tools to ease identification, dissemination, and validation of information. The maintenance of validated source data and documents will reduce the volumes of requested information and thereby counteract the present information overkill.


Environmental Information United Nation Environment Programme Environmental Measurement Integrate Monitoring Hierarchical Scale 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benking Heiner
    • 1
  • Kampffmeyer
    • 1
  • Ulrich B. 
  1. 1.Project ConsultHamburg 13Germany

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