Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model Development for the Southeast Florida Coastal Marine Ecosystem
The overall goal of the MARES (MARine and Estuarine goal Setting) 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 both by policy makers and by natural resource and environmental management agencies. The document that follows briefly describes MARES overall and this systematic process. It then describes in considerable detail the resulting output from the first step in the process, the development of an Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model (ICEM) for the third subregion to be addressed by MARES, the Southeast Florida Coast (SEFC). What follows with regard to the SEFC relies upon the input received from more than 60 scientists, agency resource managers, and representatives of environmental organizations during workshops held throughout 2009–2012 in South Florida.
NOAA Technical Memorandum
William K. Nuttle (editor), Pamela J. Fletcher (editor), Kenneth Banks, Christopher Bergh, Joseph N. Boyer, Thomas P. Carsey, David S. Gilliam, Christopher R. Kelble, Donna J. Lee, Thomas N. Lee, David K. Loomis, Frank E. Marshall, Peter B. Ortner, and Bernhard Riegl. 2013. Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model Development for the Southeast Florida Coastal Marine Ecosystem .NOAA Technical Memorandum : 1 -140. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_facreports/46.