Translating Science for Coastal Decisionmaking

by William Seaman, Jr., Univ of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


A uniform process of technical information assembly and application has been conducted for six major estuarine systems in Florida. Since 1976, local and regional coastal resource decisions affecting over 50% of the state's population have been assisted by various scientific and policy-oriented conferences, publications, and resultant actions focused on just these areas. Consolidation and interpretation of scientific data and transfer of information have fostered cooperative actions among public and private interests for Apalachicola, Biscayne, Choctawhatchee, and Tampa Bays, the St. Johns River and vicinity, and Indian River Lagoon. Habitat restoration, revised management, increased public awareness and research have resulted from legislative and civic initiatives.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Decision making | Ecological restoration | Estuaries | Information management | Publications | Hydrologic data | Team building | Tampa | Florida | United States

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