National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life's A Century of Ecosystem Science:: Planning Long-Term Research PDF

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Polar Research Board, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee to Review the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring Program

This document offers counsel to the Gulf environment tracking (GEM) application to assist make sure that it's in line with a a technology plan that's strong, far-reaching, and scientifically sound. The file commends the Trustee Council for its foresight in environment apart cash to create a belief fund to supply long term study help; it notes that the GEM software bargains an extraordinary chance to extend figuring out of the way huge marine ecosystems functionality and alter over the years. The document outlines parts of a legitimate long term technology plan, together with conceptual origin, scope and geographic concentration, organizational constitution, group involvement, information and data administration, and synthesis, modeling, and overview

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Hypotheses. The plan could target research toward a restricted hypothesis, for instance, taking measurements that would support or disprove the Pacific Decadal Oscillation as a cyclic climatic shift. 5. Time. The plan could incorporate intentions to develop research projects in different areas over time. S.

NRC, 1995, 2000). One way to begin is to ask what parameters are most able to provide insight into the desired questions if there is a long time series of data available. Another approach is to identify the questions for their own sake and let them suggest the parameters to be monitored. The questions listed in Appendix C-2 of EVOSTC (2000a) are a good start. The quality and relevance of the questions suggested by members of various communities that made presentations in Anchorage on October 6, 2000, were excellent.

Most management issues are fundamentally local because this is the scale of human impacts (barring atmospheric change); however, the precise locations where prior data would be useful can shift over time. For instance, baseline data in Prince William Sound would be useful if another oil spill occurred there but it would not address eutrophication in Cook Inlet. A broad geographic scope can improve the chances that long-term measurements remain relevant as management issues change. Accessibility and cost.

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