In the 2012 President's Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.
The Big Sky Institute at Montana State University is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to creating, applying, and communicating science-based knowledge. The BSI Ecological Informatics Lab brings together natural sciences, geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, modeling, information technology, and computational programming with a comprehensive goal of making ecological data more useful to society. BSI partners with several NBII Nodes to disseminate information and to create value-added tools for interacting with data.
Rising carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere continue to incite international concern as the effects of global warming become clearer and more frequent. In parallel with energy conservation and the potential of alternative energy sources,
recapture and storage of current CO
levels and emissions
represents an essential strategy in mitigating for climate change. The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership is working to advance research, applied technologies, and land use practices for geologic and terrestrial sequestration of carbon in the region while promoting a shift to a new, sustainable energy future that cleanly meets the region's energy needs.
[Globe Image: Reto Stockli/Robert Simmon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center]
"Carbon sequestration" is a family of methods for capturing and permanently isolating gases such as CO
that otherwise could contribute to global climate change. Affordable and environmentally safe sequestration approaches could offer a way to help mitigate rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.