Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)Entry ID: CIESIN_SEDAC_EPI_2006
Abstract: The Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) centers on two broad environmental protection objectives: (1) reducing environmental stresses on human health, and (2) promoting ecosystem vitality and sound natural resource management. Derived from a careful review of the environmental literature, these twin goals mirror the priorities expressed by policymakers. Environmental health and ... ecosystem vitality are gauged using sixteen indicators tracked in six well-established policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Quality, Water Resources, Productive Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, and Sustainable Energy. The Pilot 2006 EPI utilizes a proximity-to-target methodology focused on a core set of environmental outcomes linked to policy goals for which every government should be held accountable. By identifying specific targets and measuring how close each country comes to them, the EPI provides a factual foundation for policy analysis and a context for evaluating performance. Issue-by-issue and aggregate rankings facilitate cross-country comparisons both globally and within relevant peer groups. The Pilot 2006 EPI is the result of collaboration among the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), World Economic Forum (WEF), and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.
The report of the methodologies and the results, as well as the EPI, component scores, raw variable data for all countries in Portable Document (PDF) and Microsoft Excel (XLS) formats, and maps in Portable Document (PDF) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats are available from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Purpose: To provide quantitative metrics for evaluating a country's environmental performance in different policy categories relative to clearly defined targets.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Rosenfeld, D., and T. L. Bell
Dataset Title: Why do tornados and hailstorms rest on weekends?
Dataset Release Date: 2011
Dataset Publisher: Journal of Geophysical ResearchOnline Resource: http://atmospheres.gsfc.nasa.gov/climate/index.php?section=167
Start Date: 1995-06-01Stop Date: 2010-08-31
ISO Topic Category
Rosenfeld, D., and T. L. Bell (2011), Why do tornados and hailstorms rest on weekends?, 116, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:doi:.1029/2011JD016214
Bell, T. L., D. Rosenfeld, K.-M. Kim, J.-M. Yoo, M.-I. Lee, and M. Hahnenberger (2008), Midweek increase in U.S. summer rain and storm heights suggests air pollution invigorates rainstorms, 113, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:doi:10.1029/2007JD008623
Bell, T. L., D. Rosenfeld, and K.-M. Kim (2009), Weekly cycle of lightning: Evidence of storm invigoration by pollution, 36, Geophysical Research Letters,, doi:doi:10.1029/2009GL040915
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-12-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-10