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Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial ConferenceEstuaries and Coasts in a Changing World1-5 November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA

Topic: Human

SCI-020: Ecosystem Services and Human Well Being: Theoretical and Practical Challenges.

Conveners: James Summers (summers.kevin@epa.gov), Paul Sandifer (paul.sandifer@noaa.gov), Ted DeWitt (dewitt.ted@epa.gov), Tim O'Higgins (ohiggins.tim@epa.gov) and Joel Hoffman (hoffman.joel@epa.gov

Quantifying the ecosystem services of estuaries is an important focus for many environmental organizations world wide, yet many theoretical and practical challenges remain. A new research perspective focusing on a comprehensive theory and practice for characterizing, quantifying and valuing ecosystem services is necessary to ensure these relationships to human well-being are effectively incorporated into decision making. This session will focus on efficient measurement of the endpoints of ecosystem services in estuaries, how these endpoints relate to ecological structure and function, and how to value the ecosystem goods and services estuaries produce.

SCI-069: Forecasting Ecosystem Services from Function and Condition Assessments.

Conveners: Janet Nestlerode (nestlerode.janet@epa.gov), Marc Russell (russell.marc@epa.gov), Charles Lane (lane.charles@epa.gov), Darrin Dantin (dantin.darrin@epa.gov), Mary Kentula (kentula.mary@epa.gov), Stephen Jordan (jordan.steve@epa.gov) and Michael Scozzafava (scozzafava.michaele@epa.gov)

The integration of information from coastal ecological monitoring programs with emerging research to estimate the range, quantity and value of various ecosystem services can be used to guide policy development and land use decisions. This session will provide a forum to discuss the technicalities of translating existing datasets and analyses into production functions and inventory estimates of ecosystem services that humans need and use; including fishery production, nutrient processing, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, flood mitigation and water quality improvement.

SCI-083: Linking Sea and Society: Long-term Perspectives on Coastal Environmental Change.

Conveners: David Ryves (d.b.ryves@lboro.ac.uk), Peter Rasmussen (per@geus.dk) and Sherri Cooper (sherri.cooper@brynathyn.edu)

Coastal sediments contain important archives of environmental change, recording signals of past changes (including salinity, sea level, and nutrient concentrations) in their sedimentology, geochemistry and biological remains, while coasts have long been favored for human habitation, resource exploitation, transport and commerce. This session welcomes studies of past environmental and ecological change in any coastal or estuarine setting, especially those that link coastal and inland environments, using historical, sedimentary and archaeological archives and records.

SCI-087: Oceans and Human Health.

Conveners: Kristi Shaw (stevens@hpl.umces.edu) and Mark Strom (mark.strom@noaa.gov)

This session brings together researchers focusing on all aspects of Oceans and Human Health, encouraging a display of the vast expanse of topics embodied in this field. Topics will include infectious microbes, harmful algal blooms, aquatic animal health, and pharmaceutical and natural product discovery. We invite presentations focused on new discoveries in marine pharmaceuticals, the causative link between infectious microbes and illness resulting from recreational exposure in aquatic environments, advances in seafood safety, harmful algal bloom prediction, epidemiologic studies of human exposure to harmful algal blooms and aquatic animal health models of human health.

SCI-062: Science Supporting an Ecosystem Approach to Management: Social-Ecological Linkages.

Conveners: Felix Martinez (Felix.Martinez@noaa.gov) and Marybeth Bauer (Marybeth.Bauer@noaa.gov)

An ecosystem approach is adaptive, considers multiple stressors, strives to balance diverse societal objectives, and considers ecosystem knowledge and uncertainties.  Ecosystem knowledge integrates information gleaned from biophysical and social sciences. Social science provides two essential contributions: (1) broadens scientific understanding of ecosystems by providing insight into human causes, consequences, and responses to changes in ecosystem services; (2) facilitates stakeholder participation in decisionmaking by providing insight into human psychology and behavior. This session explores challenges and successes of ecosystem-level research that integrates biophysical science (especially predictive tools) with these social science contributions to support coastal management.

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