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EnviroAtlas Use Cases

EnviroAtlas data and resources can be used in a range of projects, from regional to local scales. The examples provided here are meant to introduce some EnviroAtlas datasets and tools and demonstrate how they might be used in various contexts. If you have used EnviroAtlas resources, or have an idea for an example use or case study, we'd love to hear from you!

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Prioritizing tree planting

Prioritizing Tree Planting in Durham, NC

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Using EnviroAtlas to Identify Locations for Urban Heat Island Abatement

Excessive heat can be dangerous to human health. Vegetation and trees can help reduce urban heat island. This example explores one solution for minimizing the negative impacts of excessive summer heat due to urbanization in Portland, OR. [PDF, 2017]

Tampa HIA

Using EnviroAtlas in a Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

The key decision assessed in this HIA is whether to adopt a policy permitting local businesses and organizations to provide free outdoor exercise classes in county parks[PDF, 2019] 

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Managing Clean Air with Roadway Tree Buffers

This example shows how EnviroAtlas may be used to identify residential populations that are vulnerable to the negative health impacts of roadway air pollution. [Story Map, 2015]

Brownfield redevelopment use case

Integrating Local Green Assets into Brownfields Redevelopment

Learn how EnviroAtlas' high resolution data can be used to incorporate local green infrastructure into brownfields redevelopment to benefit public health. [Poster, 2015]

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Identifying Cost-effective Locations for Manure Management Incentives

This use case explores one solution for minimizing the negative impacts of excess manure application in the Chesapeake Bay watershed using EnviroAtlas data. [PDF, 2017]

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Wetlands compensatory mitigation of lands prioritized for protection adjacent to Forest Service-owned lands

This use case explores a method for evaluating properties prioritized for protection (e.g., private inholdings and properties adjacent to National Forest System lands) for compatibility with wetland compensatory mitigation. [PDF, 2017] Exit

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Evaluating sites for an agricultural wetlands mitigation bank in Illinois

This use case explores a method for evaluating potential sites for agricultural wetland mitigation banking under the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) wetland mitigation banking program. [PDF, 2017] Exit


Other Examples from the EnviroAtlas Community 

Explore some of the projects and planning documents from communities that have used EnviroAtlas resources.  

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