About This Service

CSS provides science-based analysis of the environmental, economic, human health, and social factors that affect ecosystems. We conduct empirical and model-based research at multiple spatial and temporal scales. We develop recommendations and tools for researchers, industry, communities, and managers. Our work contributes to informed decision making for the responsible use, conservation, restoration, and preservation of natural resources.

Our multidisciplinary teams apply their expertise to freshwater, coastal, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems. They:

  • Collect samples and data in situ, via GIS and remote sensing technologies, and through partnerships
  • Conduct research on the impacts of chemicals and other environmental stressors
  • Develop comprehensive environmental resource maps and characterizations
  • Conduct complex spatial analyses and predictive modeling
  • Assess social and economic drivers and impacts
  • Develop regulatory documentation including Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Statements (EIS)
  • Develop and conduct training, communications, and outreach on environmental resource management tools and datasets
  • Provide comprehensive data management, integration, and data products and tools
  • Conduct policy analysis and program management

Our Focus Areas:

  • Ocean ecosystems—benthic, deep sea, and shallow water
  • Corals and coral reefs
  • Coastal Zone management
  • Marine mammals
  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Environmental indicators
  • Coastal aquaculture
  • Offshore windfarms
  • Marine debris
  • Biodiversity
  • Fisheries health and impacts
  • Agricultural impacts
  • Groundwater quality
  • Stream function and duration
  • Soil remediation
  • Wildfire impacts
  • Water contamination
  • Carbon storage and cycling
  • Microplastics and nanoparticles
  • Transgenic plant impacts
  • Restoration impacts

Related Projects

Predictive Modeling and the HABTracker

CSS scientists helped develop HABTracker, a HAB Forecast system.

HABs Interagency Research and Action Plans

Our scientists helped set the standard for coordinated research and action to reduce the impacts of HABs.

Analytical Chemistry Support for the US EPA National Aquatic Resource Survey

CSS chemically analyzes hundreds of water samples collected annually from the US EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS), a critical contribution to the EPA assessments of the condition of the nation’s water bodies.

Real-time HABs Detection and Modeling

We develop and deploy the sensors and monitor in real-time, HABs activities to support immediate response.

Expert Guidance to EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division

Technical Support for EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division (CMAD) – CSS provides expert technical guidance and field support related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) decontamination.

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