Natural Resource Problem Solving: an Interdisciplinary Approach in Coastal Louisianaby A. Lee Foote, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lafayette, United States,
Virginia Burkett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lafayette, United States,
S. Jeffress Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lafayette, United States,
Abstract: Ecological issues such as coastal wetland loss cannot be adequately addressed by experts in any one particular discipline. After extensive consultation with wetland users and regulators, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey assembled an interdisciplinary team of researchers to conduct a detailed field study of wetland processes, dynamics, and management on four pairs of coastal wetlands. The study serves as an example of cooperation in accumulating information to be applied to large-scale problem solving by using interdisciplinary expertise, incorporating multiple managed and unmanaged areas into the study design, and studying annual variation in processes.
Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Coastal processes | Coastal environment | Natural resources | Field tests | Resource management | Coastal management | Consulting services | Ecosystems | North America | Louisiana | United States
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