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ReVA Outcomes

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By integrating current activities in research, technology, monitoring, modeling, assessment, and information management, by 2006 ReVA intends to produce:

  1. decision-support systems that use remote sensing, GIS, and predictive modeling to prioritize issues and management actions;
  2. new indicators for measuring cumulative effects and ecosystem vulnerability;
  3. techniques for incorporating ecosystem assessments and valuation in policy decisions;
  4. improved models of ecosystem processes that forecast changes in ecosystem resiliency and ability to support living resources;
  5. a comprehensive list of gaps in information and knowledge needed to refine monitoring and prioritize research;
  6. methods for integrating ecosystem, social, and economic data to illustrate the trade-offs associated with alternative environmental policy choices.

Current Outcomes

Environmental Decision Support Toolkit for the Mid- Atlantic: ReVA developed a web-based environmental decision toolkit (EDT) for the Mid-Atlantic that allows decision makers to evaluate potential changes to ecosystems in response to various management decisions, under various future development scenarios (e.g., popluation increase, land-use change, climate change, intensity of resource extraction) out to the year 2020. The toolkit is now being used by states and EPA Region 3 to develop integrated management decisions.

Environmental Decision Support Toolkit for SEQL: ReVA completed the web-based Regional Growth Decision Toolkit as part of the Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life (SEQL) project done in partnership with other EPA Program Offices (primarily EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)), and state and local governments near Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, SC. This EDT allows decision makers to evaluate the implications of two alternative development patterns for water quality, habitat, recreational land, traffic patterns, air quality, socio-economic conditions, and overall quality of life.

Multi -Pollutant Analysis Toolkit for EPA Region 4 and OAQPS: ReVA developed the first stage of an approach to study the vulnerability of human populations and ecological systems in the Southeast to toxic air pollutants from multiple sources. This work will be used by OAQPS to support their work on Residual Risk under the Clean Air Act (CAA). It will also serve as the basis for further collaboration with the Region to integrate their management of ecosystem integrity and human health.


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