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NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research is hosting the special topic session "Ecosystem Research Informing Management Decisions" (#056) at next year's 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Orlando.  We encourage submission of abstracts focusing on ecosystem-scale research that will directly inform management strategies and policies.  Please note that abstracts are due on October 02, 2007.  Contact any of the session co-chairs for additional information regarding the session.

The session description is as follows:
056 Ecosystem Research Informing Management Decisions
Felix A. Martinez, NOAA, felix.martinez@noaa.gov
Elizabeth Turner, NOAA, elizabeth.turner@noaa.gov
Mike Dowgiallo, NOAA, michael.dowgiallo@noaa.gov
Traditional coastal resource management has focused on individual resources and stressors. Coastal science and management institutions in the US and internationally are increasingly calling for regional ecosystem approaches to management. An ecosystem approach to management is adaptive, takes into account ecosystem knowledge and uncertainties, considers multiple stressors, and strives to balance diverse societal objectives. Ecosystem level research is required to support an ecosystem approach to management. Such research focuses on assessment, monitoring, and prediction of ecosystem interactions (including human drivers and outcomes) to evaluate alternative policy and management options. The purpose of this session is to provide a forum to highlight and explore model ecosystem studies supporting coastal management. We are particularly interested in studies that (1) provide predictive tools for evaluating management strategies, 2) inform multi-stakeholder decision-making processes establishing regional goals and measurable indicators, and/or (3) have informed management or policy decisions resulting in significant environmental or societal benefit. We also encourage presentations that explore the challenges and opportunities that generally apply to an integrative ecosystem research approach.
 
** Note: This call for abstracts shall not be construed as an offer of financial support to attend the meeting. **

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Felix A. Martinez, Ph.D.

NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
N/SCI2, SSMC4 Rm. 8326	  ph: 301-713-3338 x153
1305 East-West Hwy.  	  fax: 301-713-4044		
Silver Spring, MD 20910	  email: felix.martinez@noaa.gov

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Felix A. Martinez, Ph.D.

NOAA/NOS/NCCOS
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
N/SCI2, SSMC4 Rm. 8326	  ph: 301-713-3338 x153
1305 East-West Hwy.  	  fax: 301-713-4044		
Silver Spring, MD 20910	  email: felix.martinez@noaa.gov

Note: The content of this message does not reflect any position of the U.S. Government or of NOAA unless otherwise specified.  The information therein is only for the use of the individuals or entities for which it was intended even if addressed incorrectly.  If not the intended recipient, you may not use, copy, disseminate, or distribute the message or its content unless otherwise authorized. 

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