Environment - Military in step with wildlife


Uncle Sam may want you, but he also wants to better understand and protect the habitat of species like the red cockaded woodpecker, vegetation and other components of the ecosystem. So the mission of Virginia Dale of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and col laborators is to develop a Web-based model to examine and predict the impacts to the environment — and surrounding area — of military training bases. The five-year $1.7 million project is funded by the Department of Defense and combines the talents of researchers at the University of Tennessee, Georgia Tech, the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, and ORNL. Collectively, the researchers are performing a variety of tasks, including habitat, air, water and noise modeling, as well as risk analysis and land use modeling. At the end of the project, which began in June 2002, Dale plans to have a model that takes into account a multitude of variables and examines what's at risk under different scenarios. While Fort Benning in Georgia is the subject of the study, the model will have applications nationwide.

 -  Ron Walli,  865.576.0226,  December 02, 2003

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