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Title: Requirements of a Database Management System for Global Change Studies

Author(s): Yu Zhou, School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610, and Michael A. Gennert, Nabil I. Hachem, and Matthew O. Ward, Computer Science Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 01609

Source: 1992 ACSM-ASPRS Convention, August, 1992.

Abstract: Global change research is a form of scientific discovery. This paper identifies database requirements for global change research by examining the process of scientific discovery. We find that current database technology is inadequate for the task and a number of deficiencies are pointed out. Specific requirements are laid out in the areas of Data Management, Methodology Management, Flexible Environments, and User Interfaces.

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