EPA Science Inventory

EnviroAtlas: A Spatially Explicit Tool Combining Climate Change Scenarios with Ecosystem Services Indicators

Citation:

Neale, A., B. Pickard, M. Mehaffey, AND J. Baynes. EnviroAtlas: A Spatially Explicit Tool Combining Climate Change Scenarios with Ecosystem Services Indicators. Presented at 2014 AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15 - 19, 2014.

Description:

While discussions of global climate change tend to center on greenhouse gases and seal level rise, other factors, such as technological developments, land and energy use, economics, and population growth all play a critical role in understanding climate change. There is increasing urgency for methods to forecast how different sectors, in particular ecosystems and the goods and services they provide, may be altered as a result of climate change. However, due to their complexity, it is difficult to assess these ecosystem services at a single point in space or time, as they may be influenced by surrounding and distant patterns of land use and biophysical attributes in addition to climate change. In order to make meaningful conservation and adaptation choices, specific ecosystem components must be viewed in relation to future climate information. The US Environmental Protection Agency and its partners, have developed EnviroAtlas, a web-based geospatial tool that allows users to interact with climate change modeling information while simultaneously providing a range of information and data on different ecosystem goods and services. This can be a useful platform for inquiry about the supply, demand, or benefits provided by a specific ecosystem service, and to understand the potential impacts to that ecosystem service due to our changing climate. Housing a variety of data in one publicly available tool encourages users to think in new, trans-disciplinary ways that focus on the relationships between ecosystem services and climate change impacts. By combining many fields of research through this easy-to-use interface, the result is a novel tool that is spatially and temporally explicit and enables better decision making across multiple sectors. This talk will illustrate how the information presented in EnviroAtlas can be used in research.

Purpose/Objective:

EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allow users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. EnviroAtlas is an online application with data housed in EPA’s GeoPlatform. The URL is enviroatlas.epa.gov/enviroatlas. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following: 1) A multi‐scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communities; 2) The Eco‐Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human health; 3) Ecosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources.

URLs/Downloads:

NEALE ORD-009450 SLIDES AGU MTG SANFRANCISCO CA.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 5790.262 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Completion Date: 12/17/2014
Record Last Revised: 03/26/2015
Record Created: 12/17/2014
Record Released: 12/17/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 299390

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LAB

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES DIVISION

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY BRANCH