New PDF release: A Century of Ecosystem Science:: Planning Long-Term Research

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Polar Research Board, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee to Review the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring Program

ISBN-10: 0309084733

ISBN-13: 9780309084734

This record offers assistance to the Gulf surroundings tracking (GEM) software to aid make sure that it's in line with a a technology plan that's powerful, far-reaching, and scientifically sound. The file commends the Trustee Council for its foresight in environment apart cash to create a belief fund to supply long term examine aid; it notes that the GEM software bargains an unprecedented chance to extend figuring out of ways huge marine ecosystems functionality and alter over the years. The file outlines parts of a legitimate long term technological know-how plan, together with conceptual beginning, scope and geographic concentration, organizational constitution, group involvement, facts and data administration, and synthesis, modeling, and assessment

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Htm>). Although this is a sizeable budget, the area to be covered is quite large. Other large programs in marine science provide an instructive comparison (Table 3-1). The focus of each of these programs is much more targeted than is GEM, yet most have more money to spend on a per-area basis (Table 3-1). HABITATS AS A DIVISIONAL UNIT Because of the tradeoff between geographic scope and intensity of research effort, science plans covering large areas must include methods for stratifying observations and allocating funds for short-term process studies.

Since this committee was formed in June 2000 we met five times to discuss the GEM program and consider the strengths and weaknesses of the program’s planning documents. We have conveyed our comments and recommendations in a letter report (November 2000) with advice on program timing and in a more detailed interim report (February 2001) that critiqued an early draft of the program’s science plan. These reports focused on the early planning for GEM, were specific to the draft planning documents, and were primarily directed to program staff.

These questions can come from members of the scientific community as well as members of the native communities, fishing communities, state and federal resource managers, and any other stakeholders. The benefits of meaningfully incorporating local communities are twofold: Local knowledge and participation can enrich the scientific program and reciprocally provide a broader basis of support and understanding for the program mission. Indeed, while it is appropriate and probably necessary that a scientific conceptual foundation be developed primarily by scientists, the ability of local communities to inform and provide knowledge of the ecosystem must be emphasized.

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