Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP)
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The briefings linked below contain additional background information on the model.
- Estimating health impacts at the urban scale (PDF) (15pp, 2.0 MB). This presentation was delivered to the 2009 meeting of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology.
- Using EPAs Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program for Global Health Impacts Analysis (PDF) (9pp, 115k), written by NNEMS Fellow Susan Casper. This document describes how to use BenMAP to estimate global health benefits, including how best to identify and import health and air quality data.
- BenMAP Presentation to EPA Science Advisory Board - March 2007 (PDF) (28pp, 2.0 MB)
- BenMAP Presentation to United Nations - May 2007 (PDF) (29pp, 1.6 MB)
The links below contain a series of training slides and in-class exercises from a previous training session. Training topics include the importation of air quality data, creating and running a configuration and finally, aggregating, pooling and valuating results.
- BenMAP Quick Start Guide (For International Use) (zip file) (9.5 MB): this zip file contains a Quick Start Guide and sample data files needed during the training course.
- Users interested in classroom based training may attend the Community Modeling and Analysis System provided training (www.cmascenter.org). The 3-day BenMAP class is generally offered twice a year. Please contact EPA at BenMAP@epa.gov for more information about the classroom training.
Analysts have used the BenMAP model to answer a variety of policy questions. Below we link to the abstracts of several recent articles in which the authors used BenMAP to estimate air pollution-related health impacts and monetized benefits.
- Hubbell et al. (2005) Health-Related Benefits of Attaining the 8-Hr Ozone Standard
- Fann et al. (2009) The influence of location, source, and emission type in estimates of the human health benefits of reducing a ton of air pollution
- Hubbell et al. (2009) Methodological considerations in developing local-scale health impact assessments: balancing national, regional and local data
- Tagaris et al. (2009) Potential Impact of Climate Change on Air Pollution-Related Human Health Effects.
- Voorhees et al. (2011) Climate change-related temperature impacts on warm season heat mortality: A proof-of-concept methodology using BenMAP
- Fann and Risley (2011) The Public Health Context for PM2.5 and Ozone Air Quality Trends
- Boldo et al. (2011) Health Impact Assessment of a Reduction in Ambient PM2.5 Levels in Spain
- Fann et al. (2011) Maximizing Health Benefits and Minimizing Inequality: Incorporating Local-Scale Data in the Design and Evaluation of Air Quality Policies
- Fann et al. (2011) Estimating the National Public Health Burden Associated with PM2.5 and Ozone
- Grabow et al. (2012) Air Quality and Exercise-Related Health Benefits from Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States
- Berman et al. (2012) Health Benefits from Large-Scale Ozone Reduction in the United States.
- Fann, Baker and Fulcher (2012) Characterizing the PM2.5-Related Health Benefits of Emission Reductions for 17 Industrial, Area and Mobile Emission Sectors Across the U.S.
BenMAP Manual and Appendices
These manuals refer to BenMAP version 4.0. Users interested in the manual for earlier versions should contact EPA at BenMAP@epa.gov.
- BenMAP Manual (PDF) (272pp, 6.7 MB)
- BenMAP Manual Appendices (PDF) (255pp, 4.9 MB)
- BenMAP Manual Appendices Addendum (1/11/2013)(PDF) (6pp, 163k)