Using Science to Assess Environmental Vulnerabilities

Venue: Valley Forge Hilton

Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: May 13, 2003 End Date/Time: May 15, 2003
Registration Date: May 02, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 01, 2002
Paper Submission Date: May 15, 2003
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The US EPA invites you to participate in the conference: Using Science to Assess Environmental Vulnerabilities. The purpose of this conference is to bring environmental decision makers and researchers together to illustrate practical uses of recently developed approaches, tools and decision systems that can be used to assess current and future environmental vulnerabilities.
The US EPA's Office of Research Development (ORD), working in partnership with the USEPA's region 3 and various state and local environmental managers, has been working in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. to develop effective approaches, models, and decision support systems to assist environmental assessment and management programs. ORD research activities have focused on four main themes:
Measuring and monitoring environmental conditions.
Diagnosing potential causes for impaired conditions.
Forecasting future environmental stressors and conditions.
Developing effective restoration and remediation activities.

This conference will combine elements of all of these research themes and focus on the assessment of current and future environmental vulnerabilities and targeting of risk reduction activities. The conference will highlight research approaches and models developed by ORD’s Regional Environmental Vulnerability Assessment (ReVA) program (; however, all researchers interested in the assessment of environmental vulnerability and environmental forecasting are invited to participate.

The Planning Committee of the ReVA–MAIA conference invites abstracts for contributed papers and posters. Topics for papers and posters will include, but are not limited to, the following list. All abstracts are due December 1, 2002. Conference Proceedings will be published in the international journal, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Further details and required forms for abstract submission are available on the conference website,, or by contacting the Conference Coordinator at

Conference Focus Areas:
Decision Support Systems.
Targeting Restoration, Remediation, and Risk Reduction.
Planning and Prioritizing Vulnerable Resources for Conservation.
Innovative Tools to Protect and Improve Water Quality.
Impacts of Development on Air and Water Quality and How to Minimize Them.
Future Scenarios to Evaluate Risk Management Alternatives.
Forecasting Changes in Demographics, Consumption, Environmental Stressors.
Diagnosing Current Problems and Evaluating Solutions.
Outreach Strategies.

For further information, please contact: Conference Coordinator, Technology Planning and Management Corporation, Mill Wharf Plaza, Suite 208, Scituate, MA 02066. Tel: 781.544.0423,
Fax: 781.544.3086 or


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