Socioeconomic and Institutional Research

EPA Grant Number: R828684C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R828684
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: EAGLES - Atlantic Slope Consortium
Center Director: Brooks, Robert P.
Title: Socioeconomic and Institutional Research
Investigators: Shortle, James S. , Finley, James , Fisher, Ann , McElfish, James M. , O'Connor, Robert E.
Current Investigators: Shortle, James S. , Thornton, Kent
Institution: Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus
Current Institution: Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus , FTN Associates Ltd.
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: March 1, 2001 through February 28, 2005 (Extended to March 15, 2006)
RFA: Environmental Indicators in the Estuarine Environment Research Program (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration , Water , Ecosystems


This is one of four projects under the Atlantic Slope Consortium (ASC) center. The goal of this project is to provide scientific results that support the choice and communication of suites of environmental indicators that will be meaningful to and relevant for environmental managers and other intended audiences. Specific objectives are to examine: (1) human perceptual and attitudinal dimensions of the types of indicators that different audiences find useful; (2) risk communication methods for presenting indicator information; (3) institutional and jurisdictional obstacles to indicator use; (4) their value for environmental management; and (5) their relationships to socioeconomic indicators at multiple scales.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 40 publications for this subprojectView all 158 publications for this center

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this subproject: View all 6 journal articles for this subprojectView all 36 journal articles for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

ecological indicator, human dimension, environmental management, risk assessment, value of information, quality of life, environmental law., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, ECOSYSTEMS, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Ecosystem/Assessment/Indicators, Ecosystem Protection, Economics, Ecological Effects - Environmental Exposure & Risk, Ecological Monitoring, decision-making, Ecology and Ecosystems, Ecological Risk Assessment, Ecological Indicators, Social Science, Economics & Decision Making, Risk Assessment, ecosystem valuation, model-based analysis, ecoindicator, policy making, valuation, decision making, environmental decision making, cost of pollution abatement, economic incentives, environmental values, socioeconomics, economic models, environmental benefits assessment, ecological assessment, environmental policy, ecosystem management, environmental decision-making, estuarine ecosystems, environmental protection, public values, cost-effective ecosysem protection, preference survey, economic objectives

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2001
  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 2005
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R828684    EAGLES - Atlantic Slope Consortium

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R828684C001 Integrated Assessment of Estuarine Ecosystems
    R828684C002 Development of an Optical Indicator of Habitat Suitability for Submersed Aquatic Vegetation
    R828684C003 Integrated Assessment of Watersheds
    R828684C004 Socioeconomic and Institutional Research