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Main Title Vulnerability Assessments in Support of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: A Novel Appraoch Using Expert Judgment. Volume I. Results for the Massachusetts Bays Program.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. National Center for Environmental Assessment.
Year Published 2012
Report Number EPA/600/R-11/058FA
Stock Number PB2012-108191
Additional Subjects Environmental impact ; Assessments ; Climate ; Estuarines ; Vulnerabilities ; Management planning and control ; Ecosystems ; Marshes ; Marine resources ; Massachusetts Bay Program
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NTIS  PB2012-108191 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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The purpose of this project was twofold: to conduct a vulnerability assessment using a novel, expert judgment approach based on expert elicitation methods, and to analyze the implications for adaptation planning. This was not a comprehensive vulnerability assessment for the whole estuary but rather a proof of concept for a new type of assessment exercise, using two key ecosystem processes of salt marsh and mudflat ecosystems as demonstration studies. This was accomplished through a series of steps to: (1) identify key management goals and ecosystem processes essential to meeting those goals; (2) create conceptual models of selected ecosystem processes; (3) assess ecosystem process sensitivities to climate change; (4) consider resulting vulnerabilities with respect to management goals; and (5) explore implications for adaptation planning. Steps 1-2 were used to define the scope of the assessment, while steps 3-5 comprise the vulnerability assessment itself.