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Linking Broad-Scale Landscape Approaches With Fine-Scale Process Models: the Seql Project

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Abstract:Regional landscape models have been shown to be useful in targeting watersheds in need of further attention at a local scale. However, knowing the proximate causes of environmental degradation at a regional scale, such as impervious surface, is not enough to help local decision makers of a major metropolitan community develop long- term planning strategies. Using broad scale models outputs in such a setting leaves little room for the future growth necessary to such communities. In order to meet local planning needs a finer scale modeling approach which takes into account both regional landscape data, as well as, community growth and development patterns must be implemented. A decision support tool developed by the EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program (ReVA) which synthesizes, presents, and projects future scenarios was utilized to combine both broad-scale landscape data and fine-scale process models. We have found that this mixed approach successfully meets the planning needs of local decision-makers, while providing information useful to regional EPA offices.
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Citation:Wagner, P. F. Linking Broad-Scale Landscape Approaches With Fine-Scale Process Models: the Seql Project. Presented at US International Association Landscape Ecology (IALE) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, April 2, 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: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 04/02/2004
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Bullet Item Regional Scale Comparative Risk Assessment
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