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What's the status of EnviroAtlas?

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Current status

Update Bulletin

EnviroAtlas Updates , a semiannual bulletin, highlights new content, tools, and functionality, gives helpful hints for using EnviroAtlas, and includes examples of how people are using our data.

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In June 2013, EPA released a password-protected beta version of EnviroAtlas. After incorporating feedback, the current version of EnviroAtlas (Ver 1.0) became available online April 2014. Development plans for EnviroAtlas extend out to 2017, with regular updates taking place as they become available. The current version of EnviroAtlas contains an interactive map with over 250 data layers related to ecosystem services, an eco-health relationship browser, analysis tools, and other resources. A list of the currently available data can be accessed on the EnviroAtlas data webpage or downloaded as a .pdf (22pp, 210k, About PDF), or an .xls file.

There are many improvements in the form of additional data, analysis tools, and increased functionality underway and planned for EnviroAtlas. Some of these improvements include the following items (the projected month and year of update follows in parentheses):


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  • New community areas including: Austin, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Paterson, NJ; Green Bay, WI; Woodbine, IA; Portland, OR; Fresno, CA; New Bedford, MA; and Zuni Pueblo, NM (Dec 2014)
  • Additional communities will be added yearly, with the goal of over 50 communities by 2017
  • Additional data for the national component. A list of national data layers (2pp, 283kb, About PDF) that are under development is available for download. (Ongoing)
  • Additional data for the community component. Ecosystem services layers include habitat connectivity, the economic valuation of community wildlife, and coastal storm buffers. Other data related to sustainable and healthy communities include proximity to healthy food markets, information on employment, revenue, and spending, land use, commute times, street intersection densities, demographic diversity, and historically significant structures, among others. (Ongoing)
  • Maps that estimate future scenarios based on land use/land cover projection data and future climate scenario projection data (2014)
  • Use Cases that provide descriptive examples of how to use EnviroAtlas data (2014 and ongoing)

Analysis Tools

  • The ability to graph or analyze the relationship between selected map layers for selected 12-digit HUCs or census block groups (Dec 2014)
  • In a statistically robust manner, combine multiple data attributes into single index values that can be used in various analyses, visualization, and graphing tools. Allows user control over variable weighting (Dec 2014)
  • A tool to allow the user to calculate metrics for any spatial unit of interest (Dec 2016)
  • An interactive tool to allow the user to evaluate alternative future scenarios (Dec 2016)


  • Added ability for user to change the symbology in the Interactive Map (early 2014)
  • Simultaneously view multiple maps (2, 3, or 4) that are spatially synchronized (Dec 2014)
  • Identify Tool added to the Interactive Map (Dec 2014)
  • Create a user profile that will allow you to upload your own data, save map sessions, and create bookmarks for specific areas (Dec 2014)
  • Search for specific map layers (Dec 2014)
  • Establish a personal user community to share locally added data and map sessions and connect with other Atlas users (Dec 2015)
  • Alternative methods and formats for downloading data (Dec 2015)
  • The ability to select an area by drawing a box or by clicking on a spatial unit (e.g., county, state, watershed, census block group) and analyze or download user-selected data (Dec 2015)
  • The ability to select spatial units by attribute (e.g., selecting all census block groups with high population over 65) and analyze or download user-selected data (Dec 2015)
  • Select a subwatershed (12-digit HUC) or census block group and generate a summary report for that selected area (Dec 2016)

As the project progresses, this webpage will be updated with the latest news on EnviroAtlas.

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