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Critical Ecosystems Assessment Model

EPA Designated Federal Officer (DFO):Thomas Armitage
202-564-2155
armitage.thomas@epa.gov

Responsible Committee/Panel:Critical Ecosystem Assessment Model Review Panel
A list of members can be found in the final report included in the Advisory Activity linked to this panel or committee.

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BACKGROUND.

EPA Region 5 requested that the SAB conduct a review of the Critical Ecosystem Assessment Model (CrEAM). The CrEAM is a spatially explicit model developed by EPA Region 5 for predicting the ecological significance of undeveloped land using ecological theory, existing data sets, and geographic information system (GIS) technology. The EPA Region 5 Critical Ecosystems Team developed the CrEAM to assess the ecological significance of land areas across the states of EPA Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). The Region noted that the model may potentially be used to identify significant ecosystems in order to target protection and restoration efforts in EPA Region 5.


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