SHARC: RFF’S ONLINE SHALE RESEARCH CLEARINGHOUSE
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Resources for the Future (RFF) unveiled an important new website: The Shale Research Clearinghouse, or SHARC.
SHARC is designed to provide a one-stop-shop for comprehensive, rigorous, and up-to-date information on the environmental, socioeconomic, and other impacts of oil and gas development. Through an intuitive web interface, users will be able to quickly access summaries of the peer-reviewed research on the impacts of oil and gas development on human health, climate change, local economies, groundwater, and much more.
In this initial phase, SHARC offers two key tools: (1) 2-page issue briefs and 15–20 page literature reviews describing the state of the science on various topics, and (2) a searchable bibliography that provides access to the underlying peer-reviewed research. Over the coming months, RFF researchers will work to expand the breadth and depth of the tool, incorporating analyses of new topics and adding new studies as they are released.
SHARC was developed in response to the needs of regulators and others seeking to keep pace with the proliferation of research on the impacts of increased oil and gas development in the United States. It has been developed by RFF’s Daniel Raimi and Alan Krupnick, with expert reviewers from government, business, NGOs, academia, and elsewhere to be as simple and powerful as possible. Going forward, we hope to make SHARC the “go-to” repository for information on the positive and negative effects of oil and gas development.
You’ll find SHARC at www.rff.org/sharc.
THE UPCOMING RFF Webinar ON SHARC: REGISTER NOW
RFF is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, November 14 at noon on SHARC.
The webinar will feature the creators of SHARC, Daniel Raimi and Alan Krupnick, and other guests TBA.
Register here for this informative and interactive webinar.
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