Science Inventory

FY18 Output -- SHC 2.61.3 -- Incorporation of Ecosystem Goods and Services into Community-Level Decision Support Using EnviroAtlas and Other Tools

Citation:

Harwell, M. AND C. Jackson. FY18 Output -- SHC 2.61.3 -- Incorporation of Ecosystem Goods and Services into Community-Level Decision Support Using EnviroAtlas and Other Tools. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-19/087, 2019.

Impact/Purpose:

This SHC 2.61.3 Output report (Incorporation of Ecosystem Goods and Services into Community-Level Decision Support Using EnviroAtlas and Other Tools) describes the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) research to incorporate the sustainability of final ecosystem goods and services (FEGS) production and benefits into community-scale decisions across the U.S. This synthesis report presents a suite of EPA Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) current science on ecosystem services within the broader context of the current EPA Strategic Plan and ORD’s current and new investments in advancing science to support Superfund. This is an external-facing R-series report.

Description:

This SHC 2.61.3 Output report (Incorporation of Ecosystem Goods and Services into Community-Level Decision Support Using EnviroAtlas and Other Tools) describes ORD research to incorporate the sustainability of FEGS production and benefits into community-scale decisions across the U.S. This Output report (vehicle) provides a summary that compiles the key lessons learned from a series of SHC 2.61 deliverables that are packaged to help address the question, “How can EGS help accomplish the 2018 EPA Strategic Plan priorities?” The purpose of this Output will be to help communicate the Project’s FY 18 science results (the message) to users, with the SHC NPD office, ORD ecosystem services science practitioners, and Program and Regional Offices as the primary audience. The studies summarized in this report represent efforts to support community-level decision making by incorporating quantitative information on the production and benefits of EGS. This report discusses research to evaluate the utility of decision support tools developed in this Project (such as the FEGS classification system (FEGS-CS) and the EcoService Models Library (ESML)) and other SHC tools (such as EnviroAtlas and the FEGS Scoping Tool) to inform the incorporation of FEGS into community-scale decision making. The report also summarizes progress toward incorporating FEGS-based tools and data sets developed by our Project (such as FEGS-CS, FEGS metrics, ESML, and data layers from our case studies) into decision support tools being developed in other SHC Projects, particularly the EnviroAtlas. Additionally, this report presents an overview of the 2018 public release of the EcoService Models Library and the impactful 2018 report entitled, Ecosystem Goods and Services Case Studies and Models Support Community Decision Making using the EnviroAtlas and the Eco-Health Relationship Browser. An overview of ongoing work examining connections between EGS and Superfund is included at the end of this report. This report includes summaries and excerpts from a number of SHC 2.61 FY 18 Products and other deliverables in SHC 2.61 covering work through FY 18.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 08/07/2019
Record Last Revised: 08/29/2019
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 346233