This focus area involves the development and implementation of tools to extend our capabilities to forecast change in marine and coastal environments and the ecological responses to changes that occur both naturally and due to human activities. As an essential tool for CMSP, ecological forecasts will use indicators of coastal ecosystem health, habitat condition and environmental sustainability to provide resource managers with a range of effective strategies for mitigating environmental concerns, restoring ecosystems, or ensuring sustainability of living resources.
Comparisons between observed (dashed line with open circles) and modeled (solid lines) benthic biomass in Lavaca and Matagorda Bay for the period of 1988 – 2005. Source: Kim and Montagna 2009
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