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Laura Jackson     Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Laura Jackson published an article in November 2018.
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Jian‐Yong Wu

221 shared publications

Department of Psychiatry; Yiwu Central Hospital; Yiwu China

Yongping Yuan

35 shared publications

Systems Exposure Division; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Research Triangle Park North Carolina USA

Elaine A Cohen Hubal

33 shared publications

Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA

Danelle T. Lobdell

22 shared publications

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, MD 58A, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA

Edward Hudgens

16 shared publications

United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, MD 58-C, 109. T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations A Needs-Driven, Multi-Objective Approach to Allocate Urban Ecosystem Services from 10,000 Trees Andrew Almeter, Arik Tashie, Andrew Procter, Tara McAlexande... Published: 29 November 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10124488
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Urban areas face challenges including vehicular emissions, stormwater runoff, and sedentary lifestyles. Communities recognize the value of trees in mitigating these challenges by absorbing pollution and enhancing walkability. However, siting trees to optimize multiple benefits requires a systems approach that may cross sectors of management and expertise. We present a spatially-explicit method to optimize tree planting in Durham, NC, a rapidly growing urban area with an aging tree stock. Using GIS data and a ranking approach, we explored where Durham could augment its current stock of willow oaks through its plans to install 10,000 mid-sized deciduous trees. Data included high-resolution landcover metrics developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demographics from the U.S. Census, an attributed roads dataset licensed to the EPA, and sidewalk information from the City of Durham. Census block groups (CBGs) were ranked for tree planting according to single and multiple objectives including stormwater reduction, emissions buffering, walkability, and protection of vulnerable populations. Prioritizing tree planting based on single objectives led to four sets of locations with limited geographic overlap. Prioritizing tree planting based on multiple objectives tended to favor historically disadvantaged CBGs. The four-objective strategy met the largest proportion of estimated regional need. Based on this analysis, the City of Durham has implemented a seven-year plan to plant 10,000 trees in priority neighborhoods. This analysis also found that any strategy which included the protection of vulnerable populations generated more benefits than others.
Article 4 Reads 1 Citation Exploring links between greenspace and sudden unexpected death: A spatial analysis Jianyong Wu, Kristen M. Rappazzo, Ross J. Simpson, Golsa Joo... Published: 01 April 2018
Environment International, doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.01.021
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Greenspace has been increasingly recognized as having numerous health benefits. However, its effects are unknown concerning sudden unexpected death (SUD), commonly referred to as sudden cardiac death, which constitutes a large proportion of mortality in the United States. Because greenspace can promote physical activity, reduce stress and buffer air pollutants, it may have beneficial effects for people at risk of SUD, such as those with heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus. Using several spatial techniques, this study explored the relationship between SUD and greenspace. We adjudicated 396 SUD cases that occurred from March 2013 to February 2015 among reports from emergency medical services (EMS) that attended out-of-hospital deaths in Wake County (central North Carolina, USA). We measured multiple greenspace metrics in each census tract, including the percentages of forest, grassland, average tree canopy, tree canopy diversity, near-road tree canopy and greenway density. The associations between SUD incidence and these greenspace metrics were examined using Poisson regression (non-spatial) and Bayesian spatial models. The results from both models indicated that SUD incidence was inversely associated with both greenway density (adjusted risk ratio [RR] = 0.82, 95% credible/ confidence interval [CI]: 0.69–0.97) and the percentage of forest (adjusted RR = 0.90, 95% CI: 0.81–0.99). These results suggest that increases in greenway density by 1 km/km2 and in forest by 10% were associated with a decrease in SUD risk of 18% and 10%, respectively. The inverse relationship was not observed between SUD incidence and other metrics, including grassland, average tree canopy, near-road tree canopy and tree canopy diversity. This study implies that greenspace, specifically greenways and forest, may have beneficial effects for people at risk of SUD. Further studies are needed to investigate potential causal relationships between greenspace and SUD, and potential mechanisms such as promoting physical activity and reducing stress.
Article 6 Reads 2 Citations Vegetated land cover near residence is associated with reduced allostatic load and improved biomarkers of neuroendocrine... Andrey I. Egorov, Shannon M. Griffin, Reagan R. Converse, Je... Published: 01 October 2017
Environmental Research, doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.07.009
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Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Inverse relationship between urban green space and childhood autism in California elementary school districts Jianyong Wu, Laura Jackson Published: 01 October 2017
Environment International, doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.07.010
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Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Rethinking Environmental Protection: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World Thomas A. Burke, Wayne E. Cascio, Daniel L. Costa, Kacee Dee... Published: 01 March 2017
Environmental Health Perspectives, doi: 10.1289/ehp1465
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Article 1 Read 0 Citations Association of land use and its change with beach closure in the United States, 2004–2013 Jianyong Wu, Laura Jackson Published: 01 November 2016
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.116
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