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Ecosystems Research

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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Durham Sustainability Pilot Ecosystems Research (Athens, Georgia) Green Infrastructure EnviroAtlas Puget Sound Science Notebook: Wetlands Research
Ecosystems Services

EPA scientists are developing methods and gathering data to help communities assess how the natural and built environment affects human health and well-being.

Lake Ecosystem Services
Eco-Health Relationship Browser
Tampa Bay Ecosystem Services
Ground Water and Ecosystem Restoration Research

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Watershed Protection

Researchers work to sustain and restore natural water resources by viewing them as complex watershed systems.

Sustainable Watershed Management
Wetland Restoration
Watershed Management
Riparian Zone and Stream Restoration

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Water and Climate

Research examines the impacts of global climate change on water availability, quality, and flow patterns.

Water Resource Adaptation Program
Climate Change and Aquatic Invasive Species

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Ecosystems and Air Quality

National air quality standards are designed to protect both human and ecosystem health.

Trees and Air Pollution

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Ecological Risk Assessment

Researchers are evaluating how the environment is impacted by environmental stressors including chemicals, land change, disease, invasive species, and climate change.

Nanomaterials & Ecosystems Effects
Mountaintop Mining Research
Hydraulic Fracturing Research
Biofuels and the Environment
Ecological Risk Assessment Support Center

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Methods, Models, Tools, and Databases

Researchers are developing sophisticated models and tools that are used to protect ecosystems and ecosystem services across the nation.

EPA Ecosystems Research Methods, Models, Tools, and Databases

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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.

Aquatic Ecosystems Grants
Water and Watersheds Grants
Chesapeake Bay Grants
EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

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