National Academies Press (NAP) was created to publish reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. NAP publishes more than 200 books per year on topics in science, engineering, and health.
Many NAP books, including those below, are freely available to read online. Government employees are also able to order copies of publications free of charge, as long as it's delivered to a government address. If you would like to recommend any of these reports for the library collection, please fill out this form or Request Free Report as Government Employee
Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 6
"The National Research Council has reviewed the relevant scientific literature compiled by an expert panel and established Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for 12 new chemicals..."
Assessment of Corrosion Education
"The threat from the degradation of materials in the engineered products that drive our economy, keep our citizenry healthy, and keep us safe from terrorism and belligerent threats has been well documented over the years. And yet little effort appears ..."
Beyond 'Fortress America': National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World
"The national security controls that regulate access to and export of science and technology are broken. As currently structured, many of these controls undermine our national and homeland security and stifle American engagement in the global economy, and in science ..."
Disaster Risk Management in an Age of Climate Change
"A Summary of the April 3, 2008 Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable"
DOE Plan for U.S. Fusion Community Participation in the ITER Program
"ITER presents the United States and its international partners with the opportunity to explore new and exciting frontiers of plasma science while bringing the promise of fusion energy closer to reality."
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
"The world's climate is changing, and it will continue to change throughout the 21st century and beyond. Rising temperatures, new precipitation patterns, and other changes are already affecting many aspects of human society and the natural world."
Evaluation of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar Planning Process
"The Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) is one potentially cost-effective solution to meet the surveillance needs and of several agencies currently using decades-old radar networks. These agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), ..."
NASA's Heliophysics Program, A Performance Assessment
"Since the 1990s, the pace of discovery in the field of solar and space physics has accelerated, largely owing to NASA investments in its Heliophysics Great Observatory fleet of spacecraft..."
New Directions in Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation Assessment
"With effective climate change mitigation policies still under development, and with even the most aggressive proposals unable to halt climate change immediately, many decision makers are focusing unprecedented attention on the need for strategies to adapt to climate changes that ..."
Observing Weather and Climate from the Ground Up: A Nationwide Network of Networks
"Detailed weather observations on local and regional levels are essential to a range of needs from forecasting tornadoes to making decisions that affect energy security, public health and safety, transportation, agriculture and all of our economic interests. As technological capabilities ..."
Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making
"Federal agencies have taken steps to include the public in a wide range of environmental decisions. Although some form of public participation is often required by law, agencies usually have broad discretion about the extent of that involvement. Approaches ..."
Science and Technology for America's Progress: Ensuring the Best Presidential Appointments in the New Administration
"The new Obama administration and the 110th Congress elected in November 2008 will face immediate challenges. Events will not permit a leisurely leadership transition. The prompt appointment of a Presidential science adviser and the nomination of top officials in the ..."
Severe Space Weather Events--Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts
"The adverse effects of extreme space weather on modern technology--power grid outages, high-frequency communication blackouts, spacecraft anomalies--are well known and well documented, and the physical processes underlying space weather are also generally well understood. Less well documented and understood, however, ..."
Additonal online books are available on the Library site, including texts, reference and reports.Added 3/3/09
The collection is provided by the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. The center "holds a world-class collection of photographic negatives illustrating polar exploration from the nineteenth century onwards."
Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Over 350,000 images in the "best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth from 1961 through the present". The database tracks the locations, supporting data, and digital images for these photographs.
Aerial Photographs of Colorado
Over 20,000 print black and white photographs include 8 counties: Boulder, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer, and Summit. At the University of Colorado - Boulder, the Cartography Lab worked closely with the Map Library through the transfer of the photographs, original index base maps, and database to the library in 2001.
"A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet"