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EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: EnviroAtlas Update

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Wednesday 01/15/2020 3:00PM to 4:00PM EST
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EnviroAtlas is a data-rich, web-based decision support tool that combines maps, analysis tools, downloadable data, and informational resources. It is used by states, tribes, communities, and individuals to help inform policy and planning decisions that impact the places where we live, learn, work and play. EnviroAtlas contains two primary tools: An Interactive Map, which provides access to 450+ environment-related maps and the Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which displays evidence from hundreds of scientific publications on the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human health.

There have been several significant updates to EnviroAtlas in the last couple of years and other exciting new functionality is coming soon. Some of these updates include the development of a floodplain map for the conterminous U.S., the creation of fine (one square meter) land cover data covering the places where about 65 million people live, the addition of regulated facilities (e.g., Superfund sites, Brownfields, etc), and a new tool allowing users to compare their watershed or Census block group with their county or state. Also new are featured collections of data which group context or decision-specific data together along with explanatory text.

The data are available for multiple extents for the U.S. and were created to help inform decisions, research, and education. EnviroAtlas has been used in a range of research and planning projects, including community Health Impact Assessments, green infrastructure projects, restoration planning, brownfield redevelopment, contaminant transport, and others. EnviroAtlas resources are also being used in K-12 and university classrooms and the provided EnviroAtlas educational curriculum can help guide educators on potential uses.

This webinar will give an overview of EnviroAtlas focusing on its recent updates and will include a short demo previewing what will be available soon. The webinar will also include examples of how the EnviroAtlas has been used by communities to advance local initiatives in bolstering ecosystem services.

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