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EPA’s EnviroAtlas is a Public Resource for Teaching & Research

Researchers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have developed a publicly available web-based geospatial tool that allows visualization and quantification of the benefits people receive from nature (i.e., ecosystem goods and services) across the U.S. This tool can be used for education and research related to human health and well-being, as well as ecosystem and environmental health. EnviroAtlas provides educational resources and hands-on activities with interactive tools that can be used in the classroom to educate students about ecosystem services and linkages with health, all within communities of the student’s choosing. The EnviroAtlas Eco-Health Browser has recently been updated with literature from 2014. Use this simple relational tool to explore the many health outcomes that have been linked to ecosystem services. As a research tool, EnviroAtlas provides rich, consistent, and well-documented data for comparison of a range of ecosystem services to pollution levels and health outcomes (e.g. asthma, obesity, happiness). EnviroAtlas can be found at  www.epa.gov/enviroatlas