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Title: Data resources for assessing regional impacts of energy facilities on health and the environment

Abstract

Atmospheric emissions from fossil fuel power plants and other sources continue to cause concern about impacts of these pollutants on human health and the environment. Assessing these impacts requires a regional-scale approach that integrates spatial and temporal patterns of emissions, environmental factors, and human populations. Two examples of regional studies are presented, including a comparison of patterns of coal-fired power plants and selected diseases and identification of areas sensitive to acid rain which may transfer acid and toxic metals to aquatic systems and man. Energy, socioeconomic, health, and environmental data are often collected and summarized for counties in the United States. Counties are well-defined geopolitical units which can be used to integrate data, to aggregate data into larger regional units, and to display data as thematic maps. However, researchers are too frequently faced with the tedious tasks of assembling and reformatting files from several data collection agencies prior to conducting regional studies. Systems such as UPGRADE, DIDS, SEEDIS, and Geoecology have standarized many files into integrated data bases which utilize counties as the primary spatial unit. These systems are compared and data resources discussed.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5283253
Report Number(s):
CONF-810652-10
ON: DE82017535
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International symposium on health impacts of different sources of energy, Nashville, TN, USA, 22 Jun 1981; Other Information: Portions of document are illegible
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; D CODES; DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS; ECONOMIC IMPACT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; EPIDEMIOLOGY; HEALTH HAZARDS; HUMAN POPULATIONS; POLITICAL ASPECTS; REGIONAL ANALYSIS; S CODES; SOCIAL IMPACT; U CODES; COMPUTER CODES; HAZARDS; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; POPULATIONS; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; 290300* - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety; 296000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Electric Power; 530100 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Social & Economic Studies- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Olson, R J. Data resources for assessing regional impacts of energy facilities on health and the environment. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Olson, R J. Data resources for assessing regional impacts of energy facilities on health and the environment. United States.
Olson, R J. Thu . "Data resources for assessing regional impacts of energy facilities on health and the environment". United States.
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abstractNote = {Atmospheric emissions from fossil fuel power plants and other sources continue to cause concern about impacts of these pollutants on human health and the environment. Assessing these impacts requires a regional-scale approach that integrates spatial and temporal patterns of emissions, environmental factors, and human populations. Two examples of regional studies are presented, including a comparison of patterns of coal-fired power plants and selected diseases and identification of areas sensitive to acid rain which may transfer acid and toxic metals to aquatic systems and man. Energy, socioeconomic, health, and environmental data are often collected and summarized for counties in the United States. Counties are well-defined geopolitical units which can be used to integrate data, to aggregate data into larger regional units, and to display data as thematic maps. However, researchers are too frequently faced with the tedious tasks of assembling and reformatting files from several data collection agencies prior to conducting regional studies. Systems such as UPGRADE, DIDS, SEEDIS, and Geoecology have standarized many files into integrated data bases which utilize counties as the primary spatial unit. These systems are compared and data resources discussed.},
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