Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP)
BenMAP is primarily intended as a tool for estimating the health impacts, and associated economic values, associated with changes in ambient air pollution. It accomplishes this by running health impact functions, which relate a change in the concentration of a pollutant with a change in the incidence of a health endpoint.
When to Use This Tool
This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:
Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).
Quantitative: Health incidents (mortality, non-fatal heart attacks, hospital admissions, chronic bronchitis, acute respiratory symptoms, asthma attacks, asthma emergency room visits, work loss days, worker productivity, and school absence rates) and related economic costs. The program also generates maps and charts displaying the results.
How to Use This Tool
User Manual provided
Level of Expertise
Inputs to health impact functions typically include:
- the change in ambient air pollution level
- health effect estimate
- the baseline incidence rate of the health endpoint
- the exposed population.
Examples of how Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP) has helped people assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies in countries and regions:
U.S. and international case studies are available at http://www.epa.gov/air/benmap/docs.html.