Sustainable Development Indicator (SDI) Group
SDI Inventory, Organized by Issue
Working Draft, Version 3, October 8, 1996
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Desertification

Definition: The conversion of ecosystems into barren land

Candidate SDI:

Desertification Index (306 UN CSD)
Definition: Land affected by desertification (km3)/desertification on index
SDI Framework Element: Barren Land (1.2.2.2)
Element Characteristic: Area of Desert Land

Desertification Rate (397 SDI Group)
Definition: Land area converted to desert per year
SDI Framework Element: Barren Land (1.2.2.2)
Element Characteristic: Area of Desert Land

Fuelwood Consumption (303 UN CSD)
Definition: Fuelwood consumption per capita (m3)
SDI Framework Element: Crude Lumber and Wood Products (2.1.3.6)
Element Characteristic: Volume of Fuelwood

Livestock in Dryland (304 UN CSD)
Definition: Livestock levels per km2 in dryland
SDI Framework Element: Biota Population (1.2.1.2.1)
Element Characteristic: Number Livestock per Area

Poor People in Drysoil Areas (305 UN CSD)
Definition: Population living below poverty line (in drysoil areas (%))
SDI Framework Element: Population (1.1.1.5)
Element Characteristic: Human Population

Drought

Definition: The decline in rainfall and water resources

Candidate SDI:

Climate Extremes Index (213 NOAA)
Definition: Climate Extremes Index
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Precipitation

Drought (195 NOAA)
Definition: Drought
SDI Framework Element: Water Capacity (1.2.1.8)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Water

Drought Frequency (307 UN CSD)
Definition: Drought frequency (or intensity)
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Number of Droughts

McKee Drought Index (209 NOAA)
Definition: McKee index, % area in short/long- term drought
SDI Framework Element: Ecosystems, Land (1.2.2)
Element Characteristic: Area of Drought Land

Palmer Drought Severity Index (210 NOAA)
Definition: PDSI
SDI Framework Element: Water Capacity (1.2.1.8)
Element Characteristic: Area of Drought Land

Palmer Drought Severity Index (211 NOAA)
Definition: PDSI % area in severe/ext. wet spell
SDI Framework Element: Ecosystems, Land (1.2.2)
Element Characteristic: Area of Drought Land

Precipitation Extremes (199 NOAA)
Definition: Precipitation extremes
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Precipitation

Rainfall Frequency (218 NOAA)
Definition: Rainfall frequency
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Precipitation

Snow Cover (200 NOAA)
Definition: Snow cover
SDI Framework Element: Water Capacity (1.2.1.8)
Element Characteristic: Area of Snow Cover

Total Precipitation (212 NOAA)
Definition: Total precip.
SDI Framework Element: Water Capacity (1.2.1.8)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Precipitation

Global Climate Change

Definition: The United States contribution to large scale changes to the global climate

Candidate SDI:

Arctic Optical Depth (192 NOAA)
Definition: Arctic haze/ optical depth
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Air Clarity

Carbon Dioxide (185 NOAA)
Definition: CO2
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

ClorFloroCarbons (190 NOAA)
Definition: CFCs, HFCs
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Forest Management Spending (123 USDA FS)
Definition: dollars designated for research and development aimed at improving forest management and delivery of forest goods and services, including ability to predict impacts on forests of possible climate change
SDI Framework Element: Expenditures (3.1.5)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money spent

Forest Products Biomass (84 USDA FS)
Definition: total mass of carbon in wood products
SDI Framework Element: Contribution to Global System (1.2.1.3)
Element Characteristic: Mass of Carbon

Global Climate Change (24 PCSD)
Definition: CO2 emissions
SDI Framework Element: Emissions into Air (3.1.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Global Environment Research (51 PCSD)
Definition: amount of money spent on research on global environmental problems
SDI Framework Element: Expenditures (3.1.5)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Money Spent

Greenhouse Climate Response Index (215 NOAA)
Definition: Arithmatic average of 1) percent of U.S. with much above normal minimum temperatures, 2) percent of U.S. with much above normal precipitation during the months of October through April, 3) percent of U.S. in extreme or severe drought during the months of May through September and 4) the percent of the U.S. with a much greater than normal proportion of precipitation derrived from extreme one day precipitation events (exceeding 2 inches).
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (141 CEQ)
Definition: emissions of greenhouse gases, which are CO2, CH3, NO2, CFC's, and ozone
SDI Framework Element: Emissions into Air (3.1.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (327 UN CSD)
Definition: Emission of greenhouse gases (t)
SDI Framework Element: Emissions into Air (3.1.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse Gas Reduction (331 UN CSD)
Definition: Reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gasses (% per year)
SDI Framework Element: Emissions into Air (3.1.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Maximum Temperature (197 NOAA)
Definition: Maximum temperature
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Methane (186 NOAA)
Definition: CH4
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Methane Isotopes (193 NOAA)
Definition: CH4 Isotope
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Air Clarity

Minimum Temperature (198 NOAA)
Definition: Minimum temperature
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Nitrous Oxides (191 NOAA)
Definition: N2O
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Greenhouse Gases

Ocean Surface Temperature (196 NOAA)
Definition: Ocean Surface temperature
SDI Framework Element: Oceans (1.2.5.4)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Optical Depth (194 NOAA)
Definition: Optical Depth
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Air Clarity

Sea Ice Volume (201 NOAA)
Definition: Sea Ice
SDI Framework Element: Oceans (1.2.5.4)
Element Characteristic: Volume of Sea Ice

Sea Surface Temperature (222 NOAA)
Definition: Sea surface temperature (from AVHRR)
SDI Framework Element: Oceans (1.2.5.4)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Stratospheric Water Vapor (189 NOAA)
Definition: H2O stratospheric
SDI Framework Element: Stratosphere (1.2.5.1.3)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Water Vapor

Temperature Gradients (207 NOAA)
Definition: Temp. gradients -- NH-SH, land-ocean, pole-equator
SDI Framework Element: Oceans (1.2.5.4)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Total Forest Biomass (82 USDA FS)
Definition: Total forest ecosystem biomass and carbon pool, and if appropriate, by forest type, age class, and successional stages.
SDI Framework Element: Forest Land (1.2.2.3)
Element Characteristic: Mass of Carbon

Total Forest Biomass (83 USDA FS)
Definition: total mass of carbon in forest ecosystem
SDI Framework Element: Contribution to Global System (1.2.1.3)
Element Characteristic: Mass of Carbon

Vegetation Index (223 NOAA)
Definition: Vegetation Index (from AVHRR)
SDI Framework Element: Ecosystems, Land (1.2.2)
Element Characteristic: Area of Land

Stratospheric Ozone Depletion

Definition: Depletion of stratospheric ozone

Candidate SDI:

CloroFlorCarbon Production (135 SDI Group)
Definition: CloroFlorCarbons production
SDI Framework Element: Emissions into Air (3.1.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Volume of CloroFlorCarbons

Ozone Depleting Substances (329 UN CSD)
Definition: Production and consumption of ozone depleting substances
SDI Framework Element: Emissions into Air (3.1.3.2)
Element Characteristic: Volume of CloroFlorCarbons

Skin Cancer Rate (373 SDI Group)
Definition: Number of people diagnosed with cancerous melanoma per year
SDI Framework Element: Population (1.1.1.5)
Element Characteristic: Number of People

Stratospheric Ozone Concentration (187 NOAA)
Definition: O3 total
SDI Framework Element: Stratosphere (1.2.5.1.3)
Element Characteristic: Amount of Ozone

Stratospheric Temperature (204 NOAA)
Definition: Stratospheric temp.
SDI Framework Element: Stratosphere (1.2.5.1.3)
Element Characteristic: Temperature

Ultraviolet-B Radiation (221 NOAA)
Definition: Ultraviolet-B radiation
SDI Framework Element: Atmosphere (1.2.5.1)
Element Characteristic: Radiation Flux