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Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model Development for the Florida Keys/Dry Tortugas Coastal Marine Ecosystem

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


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-101; NOS-NCCOS-161

Extent of Work: 91 pp.

Keywords: Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model; MARES; Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas

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 first subregion to be addressed by MARES, the Florida Keys/Dry Tortugas (FK/DT). What follows with regard to the FK/DT is the input received from more than 60 scientists, agency resource managers, and representatives of environmental organizations beginning with a workshop held December 9-10, 2009 at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

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