This webinar will give an overview of EnviroAtlas focusing on its recent updates and includes a demo previewing upcoming features. It will include examples of how EnviroAtlas has been used by communities to advance local initiatives in bolstering ecosystem services.
Human health and well-being are closely tied to the environment, which provides benefits such as clean water, clean air, and protection from natural hazards. Chemical and non-chemical stressors can impact the environment’s ability to provide these benefits, also known as ecosystem goods and services. EnviroAtlas provides geospatial data, easy-to-use tools, and other resources related to ecosystem services, their stressors, and human health.
EnviroAtlas resources are being used in K-12 and university classrooms and the provided EnviroAtlas educational curriculum can help guide educators on potential uses. The data 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.
There have been several significant updates to EnviroAtlas:
development of a floodplain map for the conterminous U.S.
creation of fine (one square meter) land cover data covering the places where about 65 million people live
addition of regulated facilities (e.g., Superfund sites, Brownfields, etc)
a new tool allowing users to compare their watershed or Census block group with their county or state
featured collections of data which group context or decision-specific data together along with explanatory text