Natural Resource Data Series

Park employee in a remote area fixing a weather station
Maintaining a weather station in Katmai National Park and Preserve

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The Natural Resource Data Series (NRDS) is a non-scholarly series intended for the timely release of data sets and data summaries that may be preliminary in nature.

Reports may be published in the NRDS if the methods for collection are described or cited within the report and have undergone appropriate review. Use of this series is no longer limited to only data collected following Inventory & Monitoring Division (IMD) protocols. If data are collected following peer-reviewed and published methods, material can be published in the NRDS.

"Appropriate review” is determined by the report's peer review manager. In general, NPS and IMD peer review guidance allows (or directs) the following:

  • NRDS reports that present data that are collected and analyzed according to peer reviewed and published I&M protocols are exempt from peer review as per NPS Director’s Order 11B.
  • Because “protocol” does not have an official definition beyond IMD, NRDS reports that are based on peer-reviewed protocols published by other programs, divisions, or agencies may be exempt from peer review. Potential sources of peer-reviewed procedures may be included in SOPs, study plans, quality assurance plans, instruction manuals or other documents and should be cited as appropriate in the NRDS report.
  • For reports based on methods that have not been peer-reviewed and published, the methods must be fully described in the NRDS report and the report must be peer reviewed. This ensures that any preliminary data published in the NRDS meet the requirement of being collected according to peer-reviewed and published methods.
Reports that include interpretation of findings, or management or science recommendations, remain out-of-scope for the NRDS. Reports with such content may be redirected to the Natural Resource Report series at the series manager’s discretion and in consultation with report authors. Examples of reports in this series include
  • Periodic or annual data summary reports of certified or approved data collected under long-term monitoring efforts.
  • Preliminary data summary reports used to release and document provisional data for use by the National Park Service or partners before completion of all QA/QC, as specified in a protocol's quality assurance plan.

The Natural Resource Data Series differs from Natural Resource Reports, which are peer reviewed and include analysis and interpretive discussion.

Published Natural Resource Data Series Reports

Click on a panel to see reports published each year in the series.
2021

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3817. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2020 Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3678. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2019

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3623. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2018

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2944. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2017

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2325. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2016

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2226. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2015

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1742. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2014

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1035. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2013

Source: Data Store Saved Search 788. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2012

Source: Data Store Saved Search 787. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2011

Source: Data Store Saved Search 789. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2010

Source: Data Store Saved Search 790. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

2009

Source: Data Store Saved Search 791. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Last updated: May 6, 2021