MATCH: Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health

The interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) launched a new online tool designed to accelerate research relating to climate change and human health - the Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health, or “MATCH.”  This publicly accessible, online tool for researchers offers centralized access to metadata summary information that puts each dataset into context on thousands of government-held datasets related to health, the environment, and climate-science. MATCH is one of a growing number of tools, driven by open data, that are being made available by the Obama Administration,  in this case, at the important intersection of climate and human health.

This publicly accessible digital platform integrates metadata which is extracted from more than 9,000 health, environment, and climate-science datasets held by six Federal agencies. The scope of metadata on MATCH is broad, reflecting the numerous pathways by which climate affects health - ranging from acute and chronic health conditions to weather to ecosystem ecology. This searchable clearinghouse includes: monitoring and surveillance data sets; early warning systems; and tools for characterizing the health impacts of global climate change. Most metadata on MATCH pertain to geospatial data sets ranging from local to global scales.

MATCH is a project of the Interagency Cross-Cutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health (CCHHG) of the USGCRP. The CCHHG is charged with planning, coordinating, implementing, evaluating, and reporting on Federal research on the impacts of global climate change on human health in order to build more resilient communities. Technical support for MATCH is provided primarily by the CCHHG Data Integration (DI) workstream and its interagency members.


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Publication Date: May 9, 2013

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