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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: Methods

SCI-065: Application of Stable Isotopes to Coastal and Estuarine Ecosystems.

Convener:Sharon Herzka (sherzka@cicese.mx)

Stable isotopes are a common tool in ecology as tracers of ecosystem processes and individual organisms. In coastal and estuarine ecosystems where terrestrial and marine sources of production converge, stable isotopes are particularly useful in determining, among other things, source production, material transfer, organism relative trophic level and migration patterns. Recent advances in applying mixing and mass-balance models have also allowed for more quantitative results that can be better integrated with ecosystem models and as a tool for ecosystem-based management. The focus of this session is to explore the many uses of stable isotopes to understanding coastal and estuarine ecosystems.

SCI-074: Applications of Landscape Ecology to Estuarine and Coastal Environments.

Conveners: Simon Pittman (simon.pittman@noaa.gov), Ron Kneib (rtkneib@uga.edu) and Charles Simenstad (simenstd@u.washington.edu)

Estuarine and coastal marine ecosystems exhibit spatial structure across a range of scales in time and space.  Landscape ecology concepts developed from terrestrial systems have recently emerged as theoretical and analytical frameworks equally useful for evaluating the ecological consequences of spatial structure in estuaries and coasts. The benefits to resource management and restoration planning are rapidly becoming apparent. This "Seascape Ecology" session is soliciting oral and poster presentations on landscape ecology applications to diverse nearshore ecosystems around the globe. Examples of using landscape ecology for management are particularly sought. A special issue in a peer-reviewed journal is planned.

SCI-078: Applying Innovative Land Use Technology in Coastal Communities.

Convener: Dwight Trueblood (dwight.trueblood@noaa.gov)

Thirteen projects working in 20 coastal states received grants under The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology's (CICEET) Living Coasts program. Interviews, surveys and focus groups informed a unique request for proposals focused on integrated teams developing or refining technology that can be applied to improve local planning products. Project teams work with committed community partners to help them plan growth to preserve water quality, protect natural areas and improve resilience. This session presents preliminary results from a subset of these projects; exploring technical advances and lessons learned about conducting science with community members to develop real solutions.

SCI-019: Decision-Support Tools for Nutrient Management.

Conveners: Naomi Detenbeck (detenbeck.naomi@epa.gov) and Edward Dettmann (dettmann.edward@epa.gov)

This session will explore the state-of-the science in the development of decision-support tools for establishing nutrient criteria or loading targets for estuaries, diagnosing and classifying systems based on risk of eutrophication, and forecasting estuarine responses to changes in loading related to land-use, wastewater treatment or best-management practices. The session will conclude with a panel session and audience discussion providing feedback from stakeholders involved in estuarine management at local, state and regional scales.

SCI-400: Maximizing Your Data: What can Informatics do for you? (co-sponsored by the Salmon Data Access Working Group)

Conveners:Cathy Kellon (cathy@ecotrust.org) and Anne Thessen (athessen@mbl.edu)

Using and managing large amounts of diverse data types is essential for understanding large-scale ecological processes such as climate change. Environmental sciences must be able to cope with an increasing flow of data to answer questions of a grander and more integrative scale. The solution lies with creative combinations of informatics and computer science. This session will explore innovative software, networking environments, applications and data management tools with the specific goal of learning how they can be used in estuarine and coastal science.

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