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Data needs and priorities of EPA. How the EPA and Federation can work together to reach our common objectives?. Gary J. Foley, EPA 2005 ESIP Federation Winter Conference, January 6th, 2005. EPA & Earth Observations. Currently, in its environmental protection role

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Data needs and priorities of epa

Data needs and priorities of EPA

How the EPA and Federation can work together to reach our common objectives?

Gary J. Foley, EPA

2005 ESIP Federation Winter Conference, January 6th, 2005


Epa earth observations

EPA & Earth Observations

Currently, in its environmental protection role

  • EPA continually collects and utilizes a wide variety of environmental data,

  • Makes sound forecasts for env. conditions,

  • Uses indicators that describe particular aspects of the natural, economic, and social environment, but

  • Recognizes that earth system knowledge or data gaps can affect the strength of information and decision-making


Epa earth observations1

EPA & Earth Observations

For the future of environmental protection,

  • EPA needs to become a much larger user of remotely sensed earth observation data,

  • Through the use of its decision support tools, the observation, modeling and information needs are being defined, and

  • Partnerships with the Earth Observation community are being sought.


Who in epa

Who in EPA . . .?

Are the Major Players in GEOSS through

  • Determining the Data and Information needs,

  • Identifying how fulfilling these needs will improve Environmental Decision Making, (Federal, State, Local and Private Sector) and

  • Building the Infrastructure and Capacity


The geoss architecture

The GEOSS Architecture

Users and Scientific Communities Served By

GEOSS Common Approaches Systems within their Mandates


Data needs and priorities of epa

Access

Services

Capacity

Building

Indicators

Forecasts


The spectrum of users

Earth observations & earth system models

Data-to-Information archiving & services

Decision support tool development

Decision making

Assessment of benefits

Earth system scientists and modelers

Earth system service providers

Environmental process modelers & researchers

Enviromental managers

Public officials, advocacy groups and the Public

THE SPECTRUM OF USERS

From observations

To societal benefits


Data needs and priorities of epa

The GEOSS Architecture

Users and Scientific Communities Served By

GEOSS Common Approaches Systems within their Mandates

EPA is principally on this

side of the diagram


Data needs and priorities of epa

EPA Organization Chart


Data needs and priorities of epa

EPA HQ Organization Chart


Data needs and priorities of epa

EPA REGIONS


Environmental agencies

Environmental Agencies

  • 88 State Environmental Agencies, Departments, Commissions, & Boards

  • One to five per state

  • See www.epa.gov/epahome/state.htm

  • 570 Tribal Goverments & Organizations

  • See www.epa.gov/epahome/tribal.htm

  • EPA is, for the most part, the pipeline for GEOSS data & information to them.


Data needs and priorities of epa

www.epa.gov/enviro/html/em/


Data needs and priorities of epa

Current AQI - Ozone


Data needs and priorities of epa

Current AQI - Particle Pollution(PM2.5)


Data needs and priorities of epa

EPA’s

GEOSS Tools

http://www.epa.gov/geoss/eos/epa_eos.html


Data needs and priorities of epa

GEOSS Videos on the EPA Website

http://www.epa.gov/geoss/metresources.html

Interview with EPA

Administrator Michael

Leavitt discussing

GEOSS.

Interview with EPA

Chief Scientist Paul

Gilman discussing

the scientific signifi-

cance of GEOSS.

Footage of GEOSS

benefits and systems.


Draft report on the environment

Draft Report on the Environment

  • Describes current national environmental conditions and trends using existing data and indicators

  • Identifies data gaps and research needs

  • Discusses the challenges government and our partners face in filling those gaps


Building the env user community

Building the Env User Community

Obstacles

  • Not needed in the past. Not invented here.

  • No staff time available, skills are lacking.

  • Cost to acquire, cost to store.

  • Lack of trust in partnerships.

  • Outside the boundaries of comfort.


Data needs and priorities of epa

Access

Services

Capacity

Building

Indicators

Forecasts


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