Various research databases, reports, map layers, and other resources are available online via the IRMA portal. While most of these resources are currently restricted to NPS staff and those working on an NPS computer, public access will be increasingly available in the near future. RLC staff can assist researchers with gaining access to data and other resources on IRMA.
In addition to IRMA, the NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program makes available some databases, analytical tools, and other resources. Examples include:
- Information from inventories of climate, vegetation, soils, and other natural resources
- A searchable database of standard protocols for monitoring species, biological communities, and the abiotic environment
- GIS databases and tools
The NPS owns and manages a large and diverse set of historic, cultural, and biological collections that are of great value for researchers. Information about these collections, including policies on the management, preservation, documentation, access, and use of museum collections is consolidated on the NPS Museum Management Program website.
- Many individual parks maintain their own collections. Park Museum Collection Profiles describes each park collection and provides links to collections information specific to that park.
- A searchable database of some park-cataloged collections is housed on the Web Catalog.
- Over two million historic photographs are housed in the NPS Historic Photographic Collection, of which nearly 2,000 are online.
- Herbarium specimens from many parks and other federal lands can be searched through the Southwest Environmental Information Network, the New York Botanical Garden, the Consortium of California Herbaria, and the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria.