The Regional Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (RESES) Research Program, led by EPA ORD’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program, matches EPA scientific and technical expertise with high-priority, short-term research needs in each of the Agency’s ten Regions across the nation. RESES is an internal EPA solicitation program that has helped EPA Regions respond to state, local and tribal interests in addressing priority science issues related to cleaning up contaminated sites, sustainable materials management, and community revitalization and resilience. Approaches include development of methods, use of science-based tools and multi-stakeholder engagement.
This webinar will provide a brief overview of RESES and highlight two projects on elevated temperature landfills and resilience to impacts from riverine flooding. In the first project, EPA is working with the state of Ohio to explore the use of Landsat thermal imaging to detect landfills with elevated subsurface temperatures. If successful, the tested methodology will allow EPA Region 5 and Ohio to quickly diagnose landfills with subsurface reactions and take steps to mitigate the issue, as well as review historical data to identify reactions that have occurred in the recent past. In the second project, EPA is working with Louisiana and local stakeholders in Ouachita Parish, which was heavily impacted by historic flooding that damaged the Ouachita River. This project uses a Structured Decision Making approach to assess community sustainability goals and how best to prepare for future extreme events.