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Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 359–368 | Cite as

Integrating information for better environmental decisions

  • Margaret MacDonell
  • Ken Morgan
  • Leo Newland
Leading Article

Abstract

As more is learned about the complex nature and extent of environmental impacts from progressive human disturbance, scientists, policy analysts, decision makers, educators, and communicators are increasingly joining forces to develop strategies for preserving and protecting the environment. The Eco-Informa Foundation is an educational scientific organization dedicated to promoting the collaborative development and sharing of scientific information. The Foundation participated in a recent international conference on environmental informatics through a special symposium on integrating information for better environmental decisions. Presentations focused on four general themes: (1) remote sensing and data interpretation, including through new knowledge management tools; (2) risk assessment and communication, including for radioactively contaminated facilities, introduced biological hazards, and food safety; (3) community involvement in cleanup projects; and (4) environmental education. The general context for related issues, methods and applications, and results and recommendations from those discussions are highlighted here.

Keywords

Eco-Informa Foundation educational outreach environmental data public involvement remote sensing risk communication 

Abbreviations

BSE

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

DOE

U.S. Department of Energy

EMPA

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research

EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FMD

foot-and-mouth disease

GIS

geographical information system

GPS

global positioning system

ISEP

International Society for Environmental Protection m: meter(s)

SARA

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

SPOT

Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre

TCU

Texas Christian University

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Assessment DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  2. 2.Environmental Sciences ProgramTexas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA

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