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November 9, 1987
SData Management and Research
Problem: Environmental data management lacks coordination.
Decisions are made to improve or restore natural systems
without understanding how these systems work.
Data which describes the natural environment is being
collected by many agencies. Much of this information is
stored according to its geographical location on
computerized maps. Predictions are being made using
collected data for a location's susceptability to pollution
and its assimilative capacity for accepting pollution.
Inventories are being kept of the existence of endangered
species and their habitat.
More complete scientific information could support
environmental policy making. The State is continually
implementing new programs designed to improve and/or
restore the quality of a variety of natural systems. Human
intervention in the workings of natural systems may be ill
advised if not based on an adequate knowledge of the
impacts that will result from the proposed intervention.
s. 373.026(1)(2), F.S. General powers and duties of the
Provide for a data management system in DER that will
identify through a centralized computerized index all
resource related data and research available at all levels
of government and at educational institutions. Provide for
a well funded research program ith- an m-amake *--veaue-