Ecosystem science capabilities required to support NOAA’s mission in the year 2020

Murawski, S. A. and Matlock, G. C. (eds.) (2006) Ecosystem science capabilities required to support NOAA’s mission in the year 2020. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/SPO, 74)

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Abstract

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation’s economic, social and environmental needs (NOAA, 2004). In meeting its marine stewardship responsibilities, NOAA seeks to ensure the sustainable use of resources and balance competing uses of coastal and marine ecosystems, recognizing both their human and natural components (NOAA, 2004). Authorities for executing these responsibilities come from over 90 separate pieces of Federal legislation, each with unique requirements and responsibilities. Few of these laws explicitly mandate an ecosystem approach to management (EAM) or supporting science. However, resource managers, the science community, and increasingly, the public, are recognizing that significantly greater connectedness among the scientific disciplines is needed to support management and stewardship responsibilities (Browman and Stergiou, 2004; 2005). Neither NOAA nor any other science agency can meet the increasing demand for ecosystem science products addressing each of its mandates individually. Even if it was possible, doing so would not provide the integration necessary to solve the increasingly complex array of management issues. This focus on the integration of science and management responsibilities into an ecosystem view is one of the centerpieces of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s report (USCOP, 2004), and the Administration’s response to that report in the U.S. Ocean Action Plan (CEQ, 2004). (PDF contains 100 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Ecosystem science capabilities required to support NOAA’s mission in the year 2020
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Murawski, S. A.
Matlock, G. C.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/SPO
Number: 74
Date: 2006
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Management
Environment
Item ID: 2234
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 23:24
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:24
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2234

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