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Atlantic Coast Environmental Indicators Consortium

Atlantic Coast Environmental Indicators Consortium

In 2000, the US EPA granted authority to establish up to five Estuarine Indicator Research Programs. These Programs were designed to identify, evaluate, recommend and potentially develop a suite of new, integrative indicators of ecological condition, integrity, and/or sustainability that can be incorporated into long-term monitoring programs and which will complement ORD's intramural coastal monitoring program. The proposed research of the EAGLES Programs covers a large coastal area of the United States.

The EAGLES programs will attempt to:

  1. Develop indicators and/or procedures useful for evaluating the ?health' or condition of important coastal natural resources (e.g., lakes, streams, coral reefs, coastal wetlands, inland wetlands, rivers, estuaries) at multiple scales, ranging from individual communities to coastal drainage areas to entire biogeographical regions.

  2. Develop indicators, indices, and/or procedures useful for evaluating the integrated condition of multiple resource/ecosystem types within a defined watershed, drainage basin, or larger biogeographical region of the U.S.

  3. Develop landscape measures that characterize landscape attributes and that concomitantly serve as quantitative indicators of a range of environmental endpoints, including water quality, watershed quality, freshwater/estuarine/marine biological condition, and habitat suitability.

  4. Develop nested suites of indicators that can both quantify the health or condition of a resource or system and identify its primary stressors at local to regional scales.

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Atlantic Coast Environmental Indicators Consortium

Center Research Projects:

R828677C001 - Phytoplankton Community Structure as an Indicator of Coastal Ecosystem Health

R828677C002 - Trophic Indicators of Ecosystem Health in Chesapeake Bay

R828677C003 - Coastal Wetland Indicators

R828677C004 - Environmental Indicators in the Estuarine Environment: Seagrass Photosynthetic Efficiency as an Indicator of Coastal Ecosystem Health