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Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model Development for the Southwest Florida Shelf Coastal Marine Ecosystem

Author(s): Nuttle, W. K.; P. J. Fletcher (eds.)

NCCOS Center: CSCOR (http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/centers/cscor)

Name of Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Place of Publication: Miami, Florida

Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Journal Title: NOAA Technical Memorandum

Date of Publication: 2013

Reference Information: OAR-AOML-102; NOS-NCCOS-162

Extent of Work: 109 pp.

Keywords: Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model; MARES; Southwest Florida Shelf

Abstract: The overall goal of the MARine and Estuarine goal Setting (MARES) project for South Florida is “to reach a science-based consensus about the defining characteristics and fundamental regulating processes of a South Florida coastal marine ecosystem that is both sustainable and capable of providing the diverse ecosystem services upon which our society depends.” Through participation in a systematic process of reaching such a consensus, science can contribute more directly and effectively to the critical decisions being made by both policy makers and by natural resource and environmental management agencies. The document that follows briefly describes the MARES project and this systematic process. It then describes in considerable detail the resulting output from the first two steps in the process, the development of conceptual diagrams and an Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model (ICEM) for the second subregion to be addressed by MARES, the Southwest Florida Shelf (SWFS). What follows with regard to the SWFS is the input received from more than 60 scientists, agency resource managers, and representatives of environmental organizations beginning with a workshop held August 19-20, 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.

Availability: Available from the NCCOS Publications Explorer http://www2.coastalscience.noaa.gov/publications/ and MARES http://sofla-mares.org/

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