Ecosystem Management

Research focused on promoting sustainable coastal development, facilitating community resiliency, and enabling NOAA’s ecosystem approach to management in the Southeast U.S. coastal ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystems by enhancing scientific understanding of the interconnections between the marine ecosystem and the adjacent watershed including their human health and resource stewardship implications. This research theme specifically includes human- dimensions science in addition to the natural sciences.

These research activities contribute to NOAA Mission Goal 1: Healthy Oceans – Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems.