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A Century of Ecosystem Science: Planning Long-Term Research in the Gulf of Alaska

ISBN13: 9780309084734
ISBN: 0309084733
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $29.0
Publisher: National Academies Press
Published Date:
Pages: 108

This report provides guidance to the Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) program to help ensure that it is based on a a science plan that is robust, far-reaching, and scientifically sound. The report commends the Trustee Council for its foresight in setting aside funds to create a trust fund to provide long-term research support; it notes that the GEM program offers an unparalleled opportunity to increase understanding of how large marine ecosystems function and change over time. The report outlines elements of a sound long-term science plan, including conceptual foundation, scope and geographic focus, organizational structure, community involvement, data and information management, and synthesis, modeling, and evaluation.