EPA Resources for Ecosystems Research
Researchers are developing sophisticated models and tools that are used to better understand and protect ecosystems and ecosystem services across the nation. These tools provide valuable data and information that can be used by communities, other agencies, and non-governmental organizations to make informed decisions on interactions dealing with ecosystems.
Decision Support Tools
- Eco-Health Relationship Browser
An interactive tool that provides information about several of our nation's major ecosystems, the services they provide, and how those services, or their degradation and loss, may affect people.
A collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services.
- Sanitary Sewer Overflow Analysis & Planning (SSOAP) Toolbox
A suite of computer software tools used for the quantification of RDII and help capacity analysis and condition assessment of sanitary sewer systems.
- Storm Water Management Model (SWMM)
A dynamic hydrology-hydraulic-water quality simulation model.
- System for Urban Stormwater Treatment and Analysis Integration (SUSTAIN)
A decision support system developed to assist stormwater management professionals in developing implementation plans for flow and pollution control to protect source waters and meet water quality goals and assist watershed and stormwater practitioners to develop, evaluate, and select optimal BMP combinations at various watershed scales on the basis of cost and effectiveness.
Models and Databases
- Exposure Research: Ecosystems
- A collection of methods, models, tools and databases.
- Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Classification System
The Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Classification System (FEGS-CS) provides a foundation for measuring, quantifying, mapping, modeling, and valuing ecosystem services.
- Hydrologic Modeling for Sustainable Watershed Management
The DRB Commission designated The Pocono Creek watershed as a Special Protection Water because it has high water quality and is of great ecological value.
- Report on the Environment
A presentation of the best available indicators of information on national conditions and trends in air, water, land, human health, and ecological systems that address 23 questions EPA considers mission critical to protecting our environment and human health.