Organization: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Research Title: Regional Vulnerabilities

Funding Level (millions of dollars):

FY94 3.6
FY95 6.4
FY96 7.8
Courtney Riordan
Phone: 202/260/5950

Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Component:
(a) Subcommittee: Global Change Research (100%)
(b) Environmental Issues: other
(c) Research Activity: System Structure and Function: Understanding (100%)

Organizational Component:
Office of Environmental Processes & Effects Research
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560


Research Goals:
To assess regional and impacts of global climate change; to predict the extent of such biospheric effects in the future and to understand how that change effects greenhouse gas fluxes.

Research Description:
This is a newly conceptualized program with three focus areas: 1) research aimed at understanding the factors controlling sensitivity/vulnerability to climate change, 2) ecological risk assessment aimed at quantification of the sensitivity/vulnerability of ecosystem based models developed by the research, and 3) an integrated assessment which provides the linkages of ecological assessment with other physical/natural, social, and economic systems.

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Policy Payoffs:
1) More accurate information on quantifying sources and sinks of GHGs, 2) Better management strategies for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, 3) Understanding ecological vulnerabilities to climate change so that management decisions can be made to protect these system.