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Including Human Dimensions Science in the MARES Conceptual Ecological Model Framework

Author(s): Nuttle, W. K.


Place of Publication: Miami, Fla.

Publication Type: Report

Date of Publication: 2009

Reference Information: MARES Whitepaper

Extent of Work: 7 pp.

Keywords: MARES; South Florida; conceptual ecological models; human dimensions

Abstract: The purpose of this whitepaper is to propose the use of the DPSIR (Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses) framework to guide development of conceptual ecological models that incorporate human dimensions science for the Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) project. The MARES project will develop conceptual ecological models (CEM) for the South Florida Total Marine Ecosystem (SFTME) and for three sub-regions of the SFTME: the southwest Florida shelf, the Florida Keys/Dry Tortugas and the southeast Florida shelf. The intent is to use well-developed, documented tools and regionally accepted approaches that have proven successful in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) and rely on the experience of individuals already familiar with these processes and procedures. However, initial discussions of the application of these prior approaches revealed that a change is required to fully address the human dimensions science aspects of the coastal ecosystems of South Florida.

Availability: Available from the MARES website ( and

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