NatureServe just released a new report, “Ecological Resilience Indicators for Five Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems.” It is the result of a project that established conceptual ecological models for salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster, and coral ecosystems. The models guide the identification of indicators, the metrics used to assess them, and metric ratings that allow evaluation of ecological conditions and ecosystem service provisions.
Resource managers, decision makers, and grant specialists need appropriate data based on reliable indicators to inform their actions. The report’s recommendations can be used to provide critical information for planning and assessment. A spatial analysis of existing monitoring programs is an opportunity to identify additional opportunities for indicator data collection.
The NatureServe project is a partnership with the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, The Nature Conservancy, University of Texas, Austin, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Ocean Conservancy. It was funded by the NOAA RESTORE Science Program.