NCEAS Project 10681

A synthetic approach to the science of ecosystem-based management of coastal marine ecosystems (EBM)

  • Fiorenza Micheli
  • Andrew A. Rosenberg

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ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow25th January 2006—7th February 2009Participant List  
Working Group29th January—1st February 2006Participant List  
Graduate Student1st April—31st August 2006Participant List  
Sabbatical Fellow23rd May—20th September 2006Participant List  
Working Group13th—17th September 2006Participant List  
Working Group27th—30th January 2007Participant List  
Working Group18th—21st June 2007Participant List  
Working Group27th—28th November 2007Participant List  

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We will develop a modeling and data integration framework for EBM and apply that framework to a case study from coastal California. By bringing experts in the modeling of natural and human systems together with policy specialists, the working group will develop a policy relevant modeling approach that includes the dynamics of social, biophysical and economic components of the ecosystem and critical feedbacks among them, and an explicit risk assessment component. Then, in collaboration with scientists and managers knowledgeable about the coastal California system, we will develop a detailed case study using this modeling approach as a basis. Key questions about how to cope with uncertainty, how to define ecosystem boundaries, and what constitute appropriate and effective indicators of ecosystem health and performance, will be addressed through the case study. The result will be a tool that scientists and policy makers use to develop an ecosystem-based approach to management of this system, and by extension others.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Baskett, Marissa L.; Nisbet, Roger M.; Kappel, Carrie V.; Mumby, Peter J.; Gaines, Steven D. 2010. Conservation management approaches to protecting the capacity for corals to respond to climate change: A theoretical comparison. Global Change Biology. Vol: 16(4). Pages 1229-1246.
Journal Article Kappel, Carrie V.; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Martone, Rebecca; Micheli, Fiorenza; Selkoe, Kimberly A. 2009. In the zone: Comprehensive ocean protection. Issues in Science and Technology. (Online version)
Journal Article Lenihan, Hunter S.; Micheli, Fiorenza. 2000. Biological effects of shellfish harvesting on oyster reefs: resolving a fishery conflict by ecological experimentation. Fishery Bulletin. Vol: 98(1). Pages 86-95.
Journal Article Menzel, Susanne; Kappel, Carrie V.; Broitman, Bernardo R.; Micheli, Fiorenza; Rosenberg, Andrew A. 2013. Linking human activity and ecosystem condition to inform marine ecosystem based management. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. Pages 1-9. (Online version)