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EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program: Using Monitoring Data and Model Results to Target Actions

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Abstract:Until recently, ecological studies and management practices were conducted and implemented at local scales. During the past two decades, however, it has become clear that evaluations of environmental problems and management practices cannot be considered only at local scales. Increasingly, acidic deposition, global climate change, atmospheric contaminant transport, transformation and fate, forest fragmentation, biodiversity loss, and land use changes have been recognized as problems that have to be addressed at broader scales. Local scale assessments continue to provide valuable information, but expanded knowledge about broader scale problems and their contribution to local scale problems, as well as the cumulative effects of local scale issues, is needed. Unfortunately, many traditional approaches and tools are not applicable at broader scales. Approaches for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information have to be modified or developed if efficacious management practices are to be implemented to ameliorate local, regional, and global scale problems. Drawing inferences requires more than just aggregating existing local site data.
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Citation:Smith, E. R., R. V. O'neill, J. D. Wickham, and K. B. Jones. EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program: Using Monitoring Data and Model Results to Target Actions.G. Bruce Wiersma (ed.), Environmental Monitoring: A Reference Text, Chapter32. CRC Press - Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL, (2004).
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Landscape Characterization Branch (RTP)
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Product Type: Book Chaptr
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Published: 12/05/2004
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Bullet Item Regional Scale Comparative Risk Assessment
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