Given the crucial role that models play in informing regulatory decision making, the EPA established the Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling (CREM) in 2000 in an effort to improve the quality, consistency and transparency of the models for environmental decision making. The CREM works with the EPA’s program and regional offices to ensure that EPA:
- establishes and implements criteria so dthat model-based decisions satisfy regulatory requirements and Agency guidelines;
- documents and implements best management practices to use models consistently and appropriately;
- documents and communicates the data, algorithms, and expert judgments used to develop models;
- facilitates information exchange among model developers and users so that models can be iteratively and continuously improved; and
- anticipates scientific and technological developments so EPA is prepared for the next generation of environmental models.
For more information about the history of the CREM, please see the CREM History page.
For more information on the members of the CREM, please see the Who We Are page.