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Project and Data Request Overview

Terms & Definitions

  1. Western States Air Quality Study (WSAQS).
  2. Western States Air Quality Data Warehouse (DW).
  3. Project - A grouping of one or more data requests in the DW system.
  4. Data Request - A request for data WSAQS data submitted to the DW .
  5. Project Steward - An individual who is responsible for overseeing a DW project through its life cycle in the DW.


  1. Data Request Procedure - A help page that describes in detail process for filling out a data request on the DW website.
  2. Projects Overview Page - The starting point on the DW web site for managing and creating projects. Projects Manages can review their project's status and update Team members and project specifications from the project links on this page.
  3. Data Request Page - A direct link to the DW data request form. Users can browse available DW modeling platforms and other data through this interface, and submit request for DW data.
  4. dataData useUse agreementAgreement -

Initiating Data Requests

There are two pathways on the DW website that users can follow to request modeling platforms and other data from the DW: One, via the Projects page, or Two, by submitting a Direct Data Request (see links #2 and #3 above).

Start a new Project

The "Project" path is the preferred approach to obtain WSAQS modeling platforms for use in NEPA modeling studies. To initiate a new project, users must be registered on the DW website, and have a "Project Manager" role. Project Managers act as "Stewards" for their projects in the DW. Generally, Project Managers are affiliated with agencies that are "3SAQS Cooperators", and are active participants in the WSAQS Technical Committee. Cooperating agencies include, but are not limited to, the EPA, BLM, NPS, US Forest Service, and other groups who are approved to use WSAQS data. When a DW project is created, the Project Steward should supply basic project information, including the project title, and the intended use of the modeling data requested from the DW. The Steward can assign team members to the project who will be able to submit data requests to the DW under the authority of the Project Steward.

Submit a Direct Data Request

This avenue allows general users to initiate and submit data requests to the DW. This is the recommend track for individuals who are affiliated with universities, agencies outside the purview of the WSAQS Cooperators, or other interested parties, to request data. Direct data requests will be sent to the WSAQS Team for approval. If the data request is approved a new project will be created in the DW, and the request will become part of that project. The requestor can identify a Project Steward, or if this field is left blank, a Steward will be assigned by the DW Team as a part of the request approval procedure.

Criteria for Data Request Approval

Data Selection

In order to be approved, data requests must specify the files that are being requested from the DW. Use the data browser in the data request form to view available modeling platforms and supporting data. If certain files are not available, the will be flagged as UNAVAILABLE in the left hand panel of the data browser. Requests for unavailable data can be submitted, however such requests will not be approved until the data have undergone final review by the WSQAS Cooperators and made available on the DW.

Basic Parameters and Supporting Metadata

In order to be approved, data request must include basic parameters (name of requestor, intended use of data, and other details specified on the data request form). We require that users provide sufficient supporting information to describe each data request. To give users an idea of the type of information and level of detail we are looking for, we have provided examples of supporting information provided with previous data requests. Please refer to these examples as a guide when you submit data requests to the DW.
  1. pdf Routes to Sustainability for Natural Gas Development and Water and Air Resources in the Rocky Mountain Region
  2. pdf Routes to Sustainability for Natural Gas Development and Water and Air Resources in the Rocky Mountain Region: Sensitivity Analysis
  3. Add T. Thompson example

Project Steward

All projects in the DW that contain data requests must have an accompanying Project Steward. It is the Project Steward's responsibility to approve each data requests for a specific project, and furthermore the Steward oversees the project through its life cycle in the DW. Project Stewards are generally affiliated with WSAQS Cooperating agencies, and are active in the WSAQS Technical Committee. If a data request is made on behalf of a research institution or other organization outside the purview of the 3SAQS Cooperators, and a steward is not identified when the data request is submitted, the WSQAS Team will review the request and identify a Steward to oversee the project.

Data Use Agreement

Please read and acknowledge the Data Use Agreement that accompanies each Data Request. A steward's role is to review the data request and to approve the request if it is determined that the request is consistent with the goals and use terms outlined in the 3SAQS data use agreement.