Research Needs Relative to Environmental Data

by Byron H. Willis, Manager; Environmental Studies Div., Environmental Research & Tech., Inc., Concord, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 11, Pg. 1423-1432

Document Type: Journal Paper


Problems associated with the adequacy of environmental data, primarily as currently incorporated within environmental impact assessment reports, are examined. The most apparent and basic research need relative to such environmental data is the development of guidelines to assure that the type, extent, and level of detail of environmental data are commensurate with the level and complexity of the decision-making process. Other basic environmental data research needs are covered that deal with: (1) Data collection techniques; (2) the coordination, utilization, and dissemination of data among various user groups; and (3) the problems associated with examining environmental data and impacts within the context of an entire region rather than for the specific site alone.

Subject Headings: Data collection | Environmental issues | Decision making | Site investigation

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