EPA’s ecosystems research is working to protect ecosystems and the air and water resources that provide numerous benefits for humans and other living things.
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EPA scientists are developing methods and gathering data to help communities assess how the natural and built environment affects human health and well-being.
Water and Climate
Research examines the impacts of global climate change on water availability, quality, and flow patterns.
Researchers are exploring innovative solutions to the threat of excess nutrient pollution in the Nation’s waters.
Sustainable Watersheds and Nutrient Pollution
Innovative Treatment Technologies for Wastewater & Water Reuse
Down the Drain: Wetlands as Sinks for Absorbing Reactive Nitrogen
What is causing our reactive nitrogen problem?
Ecological Risk Assessment
Researchers are evaluating how the environment is impacted by environmental stressors including chemicals, land change, disease, invasive species, and climate change.
Methods, Models, Tools, and Databases
Researchers are developing sophisticated models and tools that are used to protect ecosystems and ecosystem services across the nation.
Grants and Funding
EPA provides grants and funding to leading researchers in academia and small businesses to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues.
Other Research Topics
Top Three Questions/Tasks
- Subscribe to Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Updates
- Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (PDF) (2 pp, 510K)
- Toward Sustainability: Building a Better Understanding of Ecosystem Services
- Saving our Estuaries: EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program Plans Ahead
- Little Streams, Big Impact
- Using Biological Criteria and the Clean Water Act to Protect Coral Reefs
- Streams of Science