2012 Environmental Performance Index and Pilot Trend Environmental Performance IndexEntry ID: CIESIN_SEDAC_EPI_2012
Abstract: The 2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 132 countries on 22 performance indicators in the following 10 policy categories: environmental burden of disease, water (effects on human health), air pollution (effects on human health), air pollution (ecosystem effects), water resources (ecosystem effects), biodiversity and habitat, forestry, fisheries, agriculture and climate change. These ... categories track performance and progress on two broad policy objectives, environmental health and ecosystem vitality. Each indicator has an associated environmental public health or ecosystem sustainability target. The EPI's proximity-to-target methodology facilitates cross-country comparisons among economic and regional peer groups. The Pilot Trend Environmental Performance Index (Trend EPI) ranks countries on the change in their environmental performance over the last decade. As a complement to the EPI, the Trend EPI shows who is improving and who is declining over time.
The 2012 EPI and Pilot Trend EPI were formally released in Davos, Switzerland, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on January 27, 2012. These are the result of collaboration between the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). The Interactive Website for the 2012 EPI is at http://epi.yale.edu/.
The report of the methodologies and the results, as well as the EPI and Pilot Trend EPI, component scores, and raw variable data for all countries, in Microsoft Excel (XLS) and Portable Document (PDF) formats; and maps in Portable Document (PDF) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) 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.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP)/Yale University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)/Columbia University, World Economic Forum (WEF), Joint Research Centre (JRC)/European Commission
Dataset Title: 2012 Environmental Performance Index and Pilot Trend Environmental Performance Index
Dataset Release Date: 2012
Dataset Release Place: Palisades, NY
Dataset Publisher: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP)/Yale University
Data Presentation Form: document, tabular, mapOnline Resource: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/set/epi-environmental-perform...
Start Date: 2001-01-01Stop Date: 2010-12-31
Latitude Resolution: 30m
Longitude Resolution: 30m
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST MANAGEMENT
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > FOREST PROTECTION
AGRICULTURE > FOREST SCIENCE > REFORESTATION
BIOSPHERE > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > FORESTS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > BIOMASS
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > CARBON
BIOSPHERE > VEGETATION > FOREST COMPOSITION/VEGETATION STRUCTURE
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION > DEFORESTATION
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Via Internet
Distribution Size: 200-600 megabytes
Distribution Format: GeoTIFF
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: faundeen at usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey, 47914-252nd Street
City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198
Country: United States
Data available from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-10-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-05-13
Future DIF Review Date: 2014-10-15