Kentucky Geological Survey receives grant from the UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences
KGS geologist Amy Wolfe is the recipient of a UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences Rapid Response Grant, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Wolfe will use the grant to develop a publicly available data repository that will contain social, health, and environmental datasets for the Appalachian region of Kentucky, where rates of cancer are elevated.
Knowledge of contaminant sources, concentrations, and speciation, as well as processes and factors that influence variability, are critical to understanding impacts to human health. Developing a database that incorporates data from multiple disciplines will help bridge the functional gaps among researchers from different fields who are working in this region and help them better understand the interactions between environmental contaminant exposure and health outcomes and risks. Integration of health and geologic data through geospatial techniques and statistical methods will provide insight into the causes and spatial patterns of disease and lead to improved exposure maps and risk assessments.