USGS Works to Summarize Science and Enhance Decision Tools to Support Ecosystem Management
The U.S. Geological Survey is providing leadership to strengthen the use of science to support adaptive management in the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership and as part of the President's Executive Order 13508—Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The USGS, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working with partners to provide science to support adaptive management and ecosystem decisionmaking.
The CBP has developed an adaptive-management decision framework, which will require an increased reliance on science, to further advance its ecosystem restoration goals. The decision framework consists of seven primary steps:
- articulate goals,
- describe factors influencing goal attainment,
- assess current management efforts (and gaps),
- develop management strategies,
- develop monitoring programs,
- assess performance, and
- manage adaptively.
Planned USGS activities to support adaptive management and ecosystem decisionmaking include:
- Summarize and communicate scientific findings and management implications.
- Enhance decision support tools and improve information management.
- Coordinate science activities.