[Coral-List] [CERF '09 Special Session] Science Supporting an Ecosystem Approach to Management: Social-Ecological Linkages (SCI-062)

Felix Martinez Felix.Martinez at noaa.gov
Mon Mar 30 17:07:01 EDT 2009

The NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) is chairing 
a special session during the 2009 meeting of the Coastal and Estuarine 
Research Federation focused on science that links social and biophysical 
disciplines in order to inform ecosystem approaches to management.

Management agencies and organizations in the US and internationally are 
increasingly adopting regional ecosystem approaches to coastal 
management.  An ecosystem approach can be defined as management that is 
adaptive, specified geographically, considers multiple stressors, 
strives to balance diverse societal objectives, and takes into account 
ecosystem knowledge and uncertainties.  Such an approach requires 
ecosystem-level understanding that integrates information gleaned from 
both biophysical and social science disciplines. Social science provides 
two essential contributions.  First, by explaining and predicting human 
causes, consequences, and responses to changes in ecosystem services, it 
broadens scientific understanding of coastal ecosystems.  Second, 
insight into human psychology and behavior informs coastal decision 
processes that increasingly aim to combine ecosystem understanding with 
meaningful stakeholder participation in establishing management goals, 
developing measurable indicators, and examining tradeoffs of alternative 

*Session Description*
The purpose of this special session (SCI-062) is to provide a forum to 
highlight and explore ecosystem-level research that integrates 
biophysical science, especially predictive tools, with these social 
science contributions to support coastal decision making.  We encourage 
presentations that explore theoretical, methodological, communication, 
and other challenges and opportunities associated with conducting 
ecosystem science that links social and ecological considerations.

*Abstract Submission*
Registration and abstract submittal opens 21 February 2009 at noon 
Pacific Time and closes 15 May 2009 at midnight Pacific Time. The 
conference website can be reached here <http://www.sgmeet.com/cerf2009/> 
(http://www.sgmeet.com/cerf2009/).  If you would like to submit an 
abstract to this CSCOR session please refer to session number SCI-062.

** _Please note that this call for abstracts by CSCOR for special 
session (SCI-062) does not constitute an offer of funding.  CSCOR will 
not accept solicitations for support  to cover travel or any other costs 
associated with attending CERF '09._**

/CSCOR develops and implements extramural ecosystem science research  
programs under NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science./

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Felix A. Martinez, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Regional Ecosystems Research Branch

Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
N/SCI2, SSMC4 Rm. 8205 	ph: 301-713-3338 x153
1305 East-West Hwy.  		fax: 301-713-4044		
Silver Spring, MD 20910  	email: felix.martinez at noaa.gov

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