Fall 2012 progress reports for NERRS Science Collaborative sponsored projects are now accessible online. These projects put Reserve-based science to work for coastal communities coping with the impacts of land use change, pollution, and habitat degradation in the context of a changing climate.
Each project has been designed to bring key stakeholders into the research process so that their perspectives can inform problem definition, research design and implementation—and ultimately—use of the project’s results to solve problems. Interdisciplinary project teams from Alaska, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas are working with stakeholders on a range of problems, including how to allocate freshwater resources in areas beset by sea level rise and drought, how to bring wetlands into carbon markets, and how to place an economic value on the ecosystem services provided by coastal buffer lands in way that can inform policy and decisions.
Submitted by the projects' investigators, these semi annual reports detail the team’s progress in gathering data, meeting research objectives, and working collaboratively with key stakeholders to link their science to critical coastal resource decisions.