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The U.S. EPA is developing a new open-source version of the BenMAP software. The Agency plans to release a public beta of this software in the Spring of 2013 and a final version by the end of the year. The April BenMAP training class will instruct users in how to operate the existing version of the program.
We are now accepting registration for the dates in the table below. Currently,
these training are all subject to cancellation if there is not enough interest.
We need a minimum of 6 trainees per date.
As classes become full, the status below will be changed to "Full."
Please note: We will now hold BenMAP trainings only once per year. If you
are not able to attend that date, we may be able to arrange for a special training
at your location, provided you have at least 5 potential trainees. If you are
interested in another training date at your location, please contact CMAS
About the Course
This 3-day training for the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis (BenMAP)
program consists of a 2-day introductory course followed by an advanced module
on the third day for conducting local-scale analysis. The course will guide
students through the process of estimating the human health benefits and economic
benefits that result from changes in air quality. The course provides an overview
of BenMAP with a focus on the steps involved in performing and interpreting
a benefits analysis. The training is structured around the following six topics,
and comprises both lectures and hands-on labs. Day 3 also includes an independent
case study and discussion of synthesis questions.
- Section 1: Overview of BenMAP
- Section 2: Introduction to Mapping
- Section 3: Introduction to One-step Analyses
- Section 4: Introduction to Creating Grids
- Section 5: Introduction to Health Incidence Estimation
- Section 6: Introduction to Aggregation, Pooling and Valuation
For hands-on lab sessions with more than 8 people, 2 instructors will be present to help students work through the labs.
|3-day BenMAP Course Agenda
||Day 3 (Advanced Module)
|9:00 - 9:50 Section 1: BenMAP Overview
||9:00 - 9:15 Review
||9:00 - 9:15 Section 1: Introduction
|9:50 - 10:00 Break
||9:15 - 10:00 Section
5: Health Incidence Slides
||9:15 - 10:00 Section 2: Air Quality Slides
|10:00 - 12:00 Section 2: Mapping
||10:00 - 10:15 Break
||10:00 - 10:10 Break
|12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
||10:15 - 12:30 Section 5: Health Incidence Lab
||10:10 - 10:55 Section 2: Air Quality Lab
|1:00 - 3:00 Section 3: One-step Analyses
||12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
||10:55 - 11:55 Section 3: Health Incidence Slides
|3:00 - 3:15 Break
||1:30 - 2:30 Section 6: APV Slides
||11:55 - 1:00 Lunch
|3:15 - 4:30 Section 4: Creating Grids
||2:30 - 2:45 Break
||1:00 - 2:15 Section 3: Health Incidence Lab
||2:45 - 4:45 Section 6: APV Lab
||2:15 - 2:45 Section 4: Economic Analysis Slides
||2:45 - 2:55 Break
||2:55 - 4:25 Section 4: Independent Study
||4:25 - 4:55 Section 5: Conclusion
The standard cost of the training is $800 per person. There
$200 discount for full-time students for a total cost of $600. The
course includes the training materials – slides from lectures, step-by-step
instructions for hands-on labs and answer key. Payment is accepted with check,
credit card, or purchase order. Note that you are asked to make the payment
or initiate the payment process (e.g. by providing the purchase order number)
at the time of registration. We will send you a receipt by email to confirm
the receipt of the registration and payment. If you find later that you are
unable to attend to the class after registration, please be kind enough to
let us know. Please see our
Payment Info page
for our refund policy. To pay by
credit card, please register
for the class on the CMAS site and then complete the credit card transaction.
Please use the online registration form to sign up for any of the training classes.
Because this introductory-level course is inherently interdisciplinary, all
critical terminology and concepts will be explained. However, prior knowledge
of either air quality modeling, health science, or economic valuation techniques
is helpful for getting the most out of this course.
- How to operate a windows-based PC. BenMAP is a MS Windows-based computer program, and students should be familiar with the core features of the Windows Operating System.
- Air pollution and air quality modeling. Students will not perform air quality modeling, but they should understand the fundamental relationship between emissions and changes in air pollution.
- Health effects of air pollution. Students do not need prior training in health science, but they should have a basic understanding of the relationship between air pollution and human health.
- Economic valuation of health effects. Students do not need prior training in economic valuation techniques, but they should have a basic understanding that avoided health effects can be monetized.
For more information on the BenMAP training, please contact Brian Naess at 919-966-9925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.