This Week in EPA Science


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By Kacey Fitzpatrick

Want to impress your valentine? Share some of these awesome science stories! Here’s the latest in EPA research.

Local Environmental Observers Network

The Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network brings together local and traditional knowledge experts with scientists to address climate change issues in Alaska. EPA supported the creation of the LEO Network Smartphone App, which gives environmental managers in rural Alaska a new tool to make real-time climate observations in the field and share those observations across the network. LEO Network members will also use the app to directly connect with other technical experts, state, tribal and federal agencies to help their local efforts to build resilience and adaptation to climate change. The project was recently featured in the news article App to help Alaskans fight climate change goes global.

Village Green Project

University of North Carolina-TV recently posted Sense of Air, a video showcasing EPA air monitoring and related research activities that included RETIGO, the Village Green Project, and emerging sensor technology. They also wrote a blog highlighting the Village Green project. The blog discusses the features of the benches and emphasizes the role they play advancing community knowledge related to local air quality data. Read the blog Beyond the Bench and learn more about the Village Green Project.

Small Business Innovation Research Program

GreenTechnologies, a small business that manufactures environmentally friendly fertilizers, was recently honored at an event in Washington D.C. In 2015, GreenTechnologies was given an EPA Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop the company’s groundbreaking phosphorous removal and recovery technology. Now the company’s products are sold nationwide. Read more about the event in this press release and learn more about EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

EPA Research Highlighted in Science Daily

ScienceDaily recently wrote about a journal article that EPA’s Jim Wickham co-authored titled “A global evaluation of forest interior area dynamics using tree cover data from 2000 to 2012”. The article focuses on the research findings that between 2000 and 2012, the world lost more forest area than it gained. Researchers analyzed patterns of remaining forest and found a global loss of interior forest, core areas that, when intact, maintain critical habitat and ecological functions. Read the article Landscape Pattern Analysis Reveals Global Loss of Interior Forest.


About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.