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GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS GPS TECHNOLOGY PRIMER, EPA POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, AND QA CONSIDERATION
Brilis, G M. GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS GPS TECHNOLOGY PRIMER, EPA POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, AND QA CONSIDERATION. Presented at 20th Annual National Conference on Managing Quality Systems, St. Louis, MO, April 2-6, 2001.
The overall objective of this task is to provide the Agency with improved science guidance and strategies for more effective science management and administration.
Onsite analyses are critical to making timely decisions. The results of these decisions may not be realized for many years. in order to increase the value of onsite analyses and to create and utilize meaningful environmental models, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed and implemented a Locational Data Policy (LDP).
The intent of this policy is to extend environmental analyses and allow data to be integrated based upon location, thereby promoting the enhanced use of EPA's extensive data resources for cross-media environmental analyses and management decisions. This policy applies to all EPA organizations and personnel of agents (including contractors and - grantees) of EPA who design, develop, compile, operate or maintain EPA information collections developed for environmental program support.
The EPA's new initiative, the Geospatial Quality Council, is committed to working with all organizations to ensure that spatially related tools, such as the LDP, are supported. A fundamental course of GPS technology and how GPS fits-in to EPA will be presented.
In addition, an overview of the EPA Geospatial Quality Council and primary components of .the Locational Data Policy and a sample of a standard operating procedure for collecting spatial information will be presented. Internet sites will be provided for future reference.