The research within this focus area addresses:
- Conservation and sustainability of coastal resources, by improving our understanding of coastal ecosystem structure and function, and their responses,
- Anthropogenic stressors, including coastal development, pollution and the exploitation of natural resources, and
- Climate change, including temperature effects, sea level changes and ocean acidification.
Focus Area-specific Goals:
- Providing ECSC students with key knowledge, skills and abilities to address NOAA’s needs in coastal stewardship and management related to ecosystem processes, status and health.
- Mentoring and assisting ECSC students to conduct research in areas relevant to NOAAs interest in healthy, sustainable coastal ecosystems.
- Establishing research collaborations involving graduate and undergraduate students among ECSC faculty, NOAA, NERR and NMS specialists/scientists and local/regional coastal managers.
- Developing content for a certification course, webinars, or tutorials that will provide all ECSC students a deeper understanding and appreciation for coastal ecosystem sciences, including the impacts of anthropogenic stressors and climate change on these systems.
- Leading, encouraging and supporting students in presenting research findings at NOAA or professional meetings and submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Schematic diagram illustrating the research and training approach of the Ecological Processes focus area in support of CMSP.
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