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Methods

  • Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA)
    ReVA is an approach to regional scale, priority-setting assessment by integrating research on human and environmental health, ecorestoration, landscape analysis, regional exposure and process modeling, problem formulation, and ecological risk guidelines.
Models
  • Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) Model
    CMAQ is an air quality model and software suite designed to model multiple pollutants at multiple scales. CMAQ allows regulatory agencies and state governments to evaluate the impact of air quality management decisions, and gives scientists the ability to probe, simulate, and understand chemical and physical interactions in the atmosphere.
  • Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA)
    ReVA is an approach to regional scale, priority-setting assessment by integrating research on human and environmental health, ecorestoration, landscape analysis, regional exposure and process modeling, problem formulation, and ecological risk guidelines.

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Tools
  • Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST)
    C-FERST is a community mapping, information access, and assessment tool designed to assess risks and assist in decision making within communities.
    Research question: How can I prioritize my/a community's environmental exposures and risks, and learn about potential solutions to inform environmental public health decision-making?
  • Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA)
    ReVA is an approach to regional scale, priority-setting assessment by integrating research on human and environmental health, ecorestoration, landscape analysis, regional exposure and process modeling, problem formulation, and ecological risk guidelines.
  • ReVA Tools and Projects 
    EPA's Regional Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA) program is designed to create the methods needed to understand a region's environmental quality and its spatial pattern. Impacts of human activities are not uniformly distributed across landscapes and regions (defined here as a multi-state area) and are often interacting in complex ways.
  • ReVA - Environmental Decision Toolkits under development
  • Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool (T-FERST)
    T-FERST is a community mapping, information access, and assessment tool designed to assess risk and assist in decision making within tribal communities.
    Research question: How can I prioritize my/a tribe's environmental exposures and risks, and learn about potential solutions to inform environmental public health decision-making?
  • Watershed Health Assessment Tools Investigating Fisheries (WHATIF) 
    WHATIF is software that integrates a number of calculators, tools, and models for assessing the health of watersheds and streams with an emphasis on fish communities. The toolset consists of hydrologic and stream geometry calculators, a fish assemblage predictor, a fish habitat suitability calculator, macro-invertebrate biodiversity calculators, and a process-based model to predict biomass dynamics of stream biota. WHATIF also supports screening analyses, such as prioritizing areas for restoration and comparing alternative watershed and habitat management scenarios.

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