• These physical-chemical models can be readily linked to ecological models.

Linking of models (the third point above) continues to be a particularly slow endeavor. Impediments to achieving the synergy between planning, monitoring, and assessment needed to support effective adaptive management are related to shrinking resources, loss of staff, and time. Shrinking CERP resources mean that the trade-off between use of staff for model development versus for model production runs for CERP planning favors the latter. Moreover, if staff numbers are reduced, the knowledge and training of departing professionals go with them. This committee recognizes that resources are limited but notes that model development is a long-term proposition and should continue with as much support as possible so the tools required to restore and manage the ecosystem are available in the future.

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