Ecosystem Studies and Policy-Relevant Evaluative Research (
by M. J. Hameedi, NOAA, Anchorage, AK, USA,
Abstract: The central purpose of policy-relevant evaluative research is to provide information that is directly applicable to making decisions related to the legislative or institutional authority of an agency. Data from interdisciplinary studies in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas over the past ten years have led to a detailed and meaningful understanding of the role of coastal lagoons in determining the biological richness and productivity of the arctic marine environment. Interpretation of data for use in management decisions concerning the outer continental shelf oil and gas development have been made using qualitative interaction matrices. There is increasing evidence to suggest that conventional approaches to the study of ecosystems do not necessarily provide a realistic description of the functional elements responsible for the coherence and preservation of ecosystem components and processes.
Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Seas and oceans | Coastal processes | Information management | Lagoons | Coastal environment | Biological processes | Legislation | Arctic | Chukchi Sea
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