This report provides guidance to the Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) program to help ensure that it is based on a a science plan that is robust, far-reaching, and scientifically sound. The report commends the Trustee Council for its foresight in setting aside funds to create a trust fund to provide long-term research support; it notes that the GEM program offers an unparalleled opportunity to increase understanding of how large marine ecosystems function and change over time. The report outlines elements of a sound long-term science plan, including conceptual foundation, scope and geographic focus, organizational structure, community involvement, data and information management, and synthesis, modeling, and evaluation.
Table of Contents
|1. Planning Long-Term Ecosystem Science||17-30|
|2. The Importance of Conceptual Foundation||31-36|
|3. Geographic Scope and Geographic Focus||37-51|
|4. Organizational Structure||52-58|
|5. Community Involvement and Traditional Knowledge||59-65|
|6. Data and Information Management||66-68|
|7. Synthesis, Modeling, and Evaluation||69-74|
|8. Conclusions and Recommendations||75-83|
|Appendix A: Biosketches of the Committee's Members||87-92|
|Appendix B: Acronyms||93-94|
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