Integrated Assessment of Estuarine Ecosystems

EPA Grant Number: R828684C001
Subproject: this is subproject number 001 , 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: Integrated Assessment of Estuarine Ecosystems
Investigators: Whigham, Dennis F. , Brinson, Mark M. , Gallegos, Charles L. , Havens, Kirk , Hines, Anson , Marra, Peter P. , Rheinhardt, Rick D. , Varnell, Lyle M.
Current Investigators: Whigham, Dennis F. , Bilkovic, Donna Marie , DeLuca, William , Gallegos, Charles L. , Hershner, Carl , Hines, Anson , King, Ryan , Marra, Peter P.
Institution: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center , East Carolina University , Virginia Institute of Marine Science
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: March 1, 2001 through February 28, 2005 (Extended to February 26, 2006)
RFA: Environmental Indicators in the Estuarine Environment Research Program (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Water , Ecosystems , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration


This research project is one of four subprojects under the Atlantic Slope Consortium (ASC) center. The overall objective of the estuarine component of the ASC research project is to develop indicators for elements of hydrologically linked estuarine ecosystems, including aquatic animals, estuarine and coastal wetlands, and coastal waterbirds. The development and testing of biotic indicators will be conducted in two types of sampling units: estuarine wetlands and nearshore shallows, which are units analogous to small watersheds being sampled to develop and test Indices of Biotic Integrity (IBIs) for aquatic fauna and Habitat Suitability Indices (HSIs) for species that use these habitats. Estuary segments, which are large units that include deep water habitats, will be used for developing HSI models for highly mobile species, where direct sampling of organisms is difficult and data often are unreliable.

Publications and Presentations:

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Journal Articles:

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Supplemental Keywords:

ecological indicator, estuary, wetland, fish, invertebrates, zooplankton, birds, vegetation, Phragmites, Indices of Biotic Integrity, IBI, Habitat Suitability Indices, HSI, water quality., RFA, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Water, ECOSYSTEMS, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, estuarine research, Water & Watershed, Ecosystem Protection, exploratory research environmental biology, Ecosystem/Assessment/Indicators, Ecological Effects - Environmental Exposure & Risk, Aquatic Ecosystems, Ecological Monitoring, Ecological Indicators, Risk Assessment, Watersheds, bioindicator, coastal ecosystem, degradation, water sheds, ecological risk assessment, biogeochemical study, estuaries, aquatic biota , ecosystem assessment, nutrients, integrated assessment, ecological assessment, ecosystem indicators, estuarine ecosystems, environmental indicators, environmental stress, coastal ecosystems, integrative indicators, water quality, ecology assessment models, watershed assessment

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2001
  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • 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