The Gulf of Mexico is a bountiful provider and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance wants people to realize the true value of the Gulf ecosystem. The Alliance therefore established the Ecosystem Services Assessment Cross-Team Initiative to enhance the use and communication of ecosystem services science and tools for citizens, scientists, and practitioners. Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from the natural environment, including food, recreation, and storm protection.
The goal of this cross-team initiative is to advance the identification, measurement, and communication of coastal and marine ecosystem goods and services for better management of regional resources and the building of resilient communities.
- Becky Allee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Kara Coffey, Harte Research Institute