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Socioeconomic techniques are gaining popularity in environmental studies where comprehensive (measured and/or modeled) data are used to understand environmental (air/water/land) pollution behavior and evaluate soundness of environmental policies aimed at reducing exposure risks. Holistic research methods are much needed since a single system’s functionality cannot be fully understood independent of each other systems/media. There is a greater need to bring in additional awareness to the public and raise confidence in the decisions made by environmental managers and policy makers. To achieve this goal, there is a greater need for quantitative information on the outcome of an environmental policy. Socioeconomics impact analysis of an environmental policy related to human and ecosystem exposure research in a quantitative setting would help to assess the needs of exposure research and provide a measure for the outcome of the exposure research, as well as provide for better living and planning of our resources.
The proposed training will be related to integrated assessment modeling research, regional environmental modeling research, quantitative socioeconomic and impact analysis research for exposure studies, or holistic application of systems for exposure research. Successful applicants will have a PhD in environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences with demonstrated graduate school experience in using regional or global Earth system models and related integrated modeling research. Successful applicants will also have demonstrated expertise in model development/improvement and model evaluation, as well as proficient programming skills (e.g., ncl, R, and MATLAB). The selected applicant is expected to utilize EPA and other agencies' environmental measurements, methods, and models advancing environmental exposure research and use the research outcome to develop policy impact assessments by using quantitative socioeconomic methods/models.
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Human exposure; Ecosystem exposure; Systems-based research; Integrated assessment modeling; Socioeconomics; Earth system models;