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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: Management

SCI-209: Novel Approaches to Coastal Management

Convener: Sarah Carr (sarah_carr@natureserve.org)

SCI-024: Adaptive Management and System-wide Monitoring in Restoration Programs.

Conveners: Gretchen Ehlinger (Gretchen.S.Ehlinger@usace.army.mil) and Jennifer Stiner (jennifer.l.stiner@usace.army.mil)

This session creates a forum in which scientists and managers can address the use of system-wide monitoring and adaptive management in guiding coastal and estuarine ecosystem restoration. It highlights the mechanisms for emerging scientific information to be incorporated into restoration plans and allows for unforeseen consequences of restoration projects to be addressed. Topics may include: how science can be used to establish baseline conditions and reduce risk and uncertainty, the linkage of science and assessment tools to management actions, and the need to apply lessons learned to better aid managers' efforts in maximizing restoration.

SCI-099: Ecological Forecasting: Moving from Research to Management Use.

Conveners: Nathalie Valette-Silver (nathalie.valette-silver@noaa.gov), David Scheurer (david.scheurer@noaa.gov), David Green (david.green@noaa.gov) and Elizabeth Turner (Elizabeth.Turner@noaa.gov)

If we are to implement ecosystem-based management of natural resources, tools will be required that can forecast future ecosystem conditions based on differing environmental and management scenarios. With access to streams of data from observing systems, computing power, and increasing model sophistication, Ecological Forecasting is moving from the research realm to applications in coastal management. This session will focus on concrete examples of successful ecological forecasts and how these were used by coastal and resources managers and decision makers to improve the management of our coastal and estuarine areas. We will also explore the challenges facing both scientists and managers in the development and use of these tools. We invite submissions discussing forecasts that are presently operational and used by managers, as well as those that are in transition from research to management.

SCI-059: Ecosystem Based Management in Practice: Coastal Case Studies.

Conveners: Kiersten Madden (kiersten.madden@mail.utexas.edu) and Brian Smith (Brian.M.Smith@noaa.gov)

This session highlights coastal/estuarine case studies where natural scientists, stakeholders, and institutional policy were brought together in an ecosystem based management (EBM) framework to influence coastal management. EBM considers the whole ecosystem, including humans and the environment, rather than managing one issue/resource in isolation. This session features EBM studies from varied geographies, different approaches, and diverse perspectives on obstacles/successes of this approach. EBM provides a venue for coastal scientists to engage in and influence policy/management decisions. An introductory session will present an overview of EBM and a closing session will highlight scientific engagement and commonalities relative to obstacles/successes.

SCI-067:  Innovative Monitoring Methods for Estuarine Resource Management and Habitat Restoration.

Conveners: William Rodney (bill.rodney@tpwd.state.tx.us) and Robert  Murphy (murphy@ecosystemsolutions.org)

New approaches to monitoring estuarine resources are constantly being developed. The rapid dissemination of information on such new methods is of utmost importance if we are to meet the challenges of the future. Concurrently, the science of estuarine habitat restoration is maturing, and as it does, more projects are incorporating monitoring plans into their scopes of work. This is important because more data is needed to critically evaluate project success in terms of quantifiable restoration endpoints. This session will showcase new technologies and techniques that are being applied to both estuarine living resource management and habitat restoration monitoring. We hope that by doing so, we will help resource managers and restoration practitioners find the right tools to best address their specific project needs and further refine metrics of success.

SCI-063: Managing Tradeoffs among Coastal Ecosystem Services.

Conveners: Karen McLeod (karen.mcleod@science.oregonstate.edu) and Mary Ruckelshaus (mary.ruckelshaus@noaa.gov)

Coastal ecosystems are in trouble, leading to calls for ecosystem-based management (EBM) to maintain the delivery of vital ecosystem services. While EBM concepts are well developed, new science is needed to support management for a suite of (rather than individual) ecosystem services. This session will highlight emerging ecological and economic science about ecosystem services and demonstrate new applications of this knowledge to inform decision-making. Specifically, talks will focus on (1) modeling and mapping how services are produced and delivered, (2) new techniques for evaluating tradeoffs among services, and (3) the implications of this science for management and policy.

SCI-010: Quantifying Management Solutions for Coastal Ecosystems.

Conveners: Miao-Li Chang (mchang@sfwmd.gov), Thomas Fisher (fisher@hpl.umces.edu) and Peter Sheng (pete@coastal.ufl.edu)

Water management decisions should be based on solid science and sound engineering judgment. One of the hardest parts of water management is that decisions have to be specific with well defined targets while the data and analysis leading to these targets often involve considerable uncertainty. Another difficulty is that problems to be addressed are often complex. In order to find a particular management solution, a quantitative understanding of the problem is needed. Any such quantified water management solution has to be developed based on sound theory, solid scientific and engineering judgment; using a systematic and integrated approach; and supported by a variety of practical and adequate decision making tools. This session is seeking presenters to share their experiences in quantified management solution development for estuaries and coastal areas including, but not limited to, the scientific approach in development of a comprehensive plan such as TMDL, ecosystem restoration and water reservation, a tackle on a specific problem, and development of decision-making tools including theoretical, empirical and numerical models.

SCI-033: The Ecology of Marine Reserves: Acknowledging the Land-Sea Connection.

Conveners: Kirsten Grorud-Colvert (grorudck@science.oregonstate.edu) and Elise Granek (graneke@pdx.edu)

As ocean systems change rapidly under pressure from a variety of human activities, marine reserves can be effective tools for protecting marine resources as they provide benefits both inside and outside their borders. Although marine reserves have been established throughout the world and are relatively well studied, less attention has been paid to the land-sea connection near these no-take areas. This session will address the state of scientific knowledge about marine reserves and facilitate a discussion about the connections between these offshore management areas and the adjacent estuarine and terrestrial systems.

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