Datasets , Indicators, Cumulative Environmental Health Impacts
Why is this useful?
Thirty California ZIP CodesTM were chosen to represent a diversity of geographic regions and community types. We selected indicators for this pilot analysis based on several criteria. Foremost was an indicator’s ability to represent a component of cumulative impact. Other criteria included adequate geographic resolution, enough variation in the indicator across the state to discern differences between communities, state-wide availability, currency of data, overall data quality, and our assessment of the ability of the indicator to be understood by the lay public. For the sake of transparency, we restricted ourselves to the use of publicly-available datasets. We also sought to minimize the number of indicators and the potential overlap among them in order to simplify the subsequent analysis and avoid