The Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program ReVA Targeting Current and Future Environmental Vulnerabilities by EPADocs

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									The Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program (ReVA): Targeting Current and Future Environmental
Vulnerabilities
Elizabeth R. Smith, USEPA, ORD, NERL, MD E243-05, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, phone 919-541-0620, fax
919-541-1138, email smith.betsy@epa.gov, URL http://www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/land- sci/ReVA/index.html
K. Bruce Jones, James D. Wickham , Laura J. Jackson, Jeff Frithsen, and Joe Williams

     EPA’s Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA) program is developing and testing approaches to conducting
comparative environmental risk assessments at the regional scale, considering impacts to ecological, human, and fiscal
health endpoints. It seeks an objective and quantifiable answer to answer the question, “What are the greatest threats
accompanying socioeconomic growth in a region and which ecosystems are most vulnerable?” ReVA builds on the
environmental monitoring base developed by the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) and
monitoring done by other agencies, and incorporates the latest developments in remote sensing, landscape ecology,
spatially-explicit modeling, and ecological risk assessment. The research is being conducted in concert with EPA Region
3 as part of the Mid-Atlantic Integrated Assessment (MAIA) and includes collaboration across ORD and with other
federal agencies (USFS, USGS, TVA). ReVA’s research builds on the pioneering work done by the Landscape Sciences
Program (ORD bronze medal, 1998) and our research approach was highly endorsed by a panel of peer reviewers in
2001. ReVA is an applied research program that is developing a suite of prototype decision-tools that allow an analysis
of trade-offs associated with alternative future policy or risk management decisions. We are working directly with a
number of clients (e.g. Canaan Valley Institute, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, R3 Air Protection Division) to
ensure that tools that we develop meet the clients’ needs and that the technology is successfully transferred.

								
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