Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Environmental Statistics Center

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Environmental Statistics Center

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In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the National Research Center on Statistics and the Environment by means of a five-year cooperative agreement. This center has provided a national capability to identify and perform cutting-edge research in environmental statistics that will further application of statistics to the environmental sciences and facilitate the professional development of future environmental statisticians. The EPA proposes through this solicitation to open this center to recompetition for an additional five-year period.

Research on the environment is important for understanding and responding to threats to human and ecosystem health posed by various types of pollution. While we have a good understanding of many of the components that make up the environment, we have much less knowledge about the interactions between components. Such an understanding is imperative for finding acceptable responses to threats to the environment. Research to aid in recognizing and responding to these threats requires the use of statistics, from sampling and data collection to analysis and modeling. …

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