Coastal Resource Management: The Ecosystem Perspective

by R. Warren Flint, State Univ of New York Coll at, Oswego, Research Cent, Oswego, NY, USA,
Richard D. Kalke, State Univ of New York Coll at, Oswego, Research Cent, Oswego, NY, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: A definite need exists to generate coastal management strategies that focus upon integration of the complex interactions between biological, physical, chemical, and geological processes within coastal systems. This integrative approach, creating a holistic picture of ecosystem function, is the basis for developing predictive models that will improve management decision-making concerning the best uses and survival of productive and valuable coastal resources. The intent of this presentation was to demonstrate how the integration of interdisciplinary data from a south Texas estuary could be used to aid environmental managers in better solving such problems as fishery maintenance and freshwater inflow regulation.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Coastal management | Ecosystems | Coastal processes | Estuaries | Fish management | Chemical processes | Biological processes | Rivers and streams | North America | Texas | United States

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