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|Main Title||Classification framework for coastal systems /|
|CORP Author||Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Office of Research and Development.; Geological Survey, Reston, VA.|
|Publisher||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory,|
|Report Number||600R04061; EPA 600/R-04/061; 68W01032|
|Subjects||Coastal ecology--Models ; Coastal zone management--Models ; Water--Pollution--Great Lakes (North America) ; Marine pollution--Models ; Marine ecology--Models|
|Additional Subjects||Classifications ; Coastal systems ; Figures ; Tables (Data) ; Aquatic stressors ; Testing ; Development methods ; Data sources ; Estuaries ; Frameworks ; Properties ; Limitations ; Conceptual models ; Classification databases ; Coastal classification systems ; Estuarine classification systems|
|Collation||[85, 121] pages : digital, PDF files, illustrations, maps (some color)|
This report contains initial results from the Diagnostics Committee, produced under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aquatic Stressors Framework (USEPA, 2002a). The Diagnostics Workgroup has developed conceptual models for four major aquatic stressors that cause impairment: nutrients, suspended and bedded sediments, toxics, and altered habitat. The conceptual models form the basis for classification of aquatic systems according to their sensitivity to these stressors. The proposed classification framework should enable a more refined approach for quantifying stressor-response relationships over broad geographical scales. A coastal classification framework was constructed which encompasses watersheds and coastal wetlands in both Great Lakes and marine coastal states in the conterminous U.S. This report provides an overview of the components of the classification framework: (1) a review of existing classification schemes and examination of their relevance for different management goals, (2) a conceptual model for classification based on risk from stressors, (3) coastal classification databases for both Great Lakes and marine coastal states, (4) a description of potential approaches to classification, (5) application of an empirical approach for classification to coastal estuarine systems, (6) a regional test of a watershed classification framework based on data from Lake Michigan coastal riverine wetlands, and (7) plans for Stage II of the coastal classification framework.
"EPA 600/R-04/061." "May 2004." Title from title screen (viewed May 28, 2008). Includes bibliographical references.
Executive summary -- Introduction -- Aquatic Stressors Framework -- Need for a Coastal Classification System -- Properties and Limitations of Existing Classification Systems -- Conceptual Models -- Approach -- Methods Applied for Stage I Classification Database -- Methods for Developing and Testing Classification System -- Tests of Classification Approaches for Coastal Watersheds -- Results -- Estuaries -- Initial Testing of Classification Frameworks -- Stage II plans -- Geographic Coverage -- Parameter Improvements -- Data Sources on Coastal System Condition -- Testing of Estuarine Classification System. The Diagnostics Workgroup has developed conceptual models for four major aquatic stressors that cause impairment: nutrients, suspended and bedded sediments, toxics and altered habitat. The conceptual models form the basis for classification of aquatic systems according to their sensitivity to these stressors. The proposed classification framework should enable a more refined approach for quantifying stressor-response relationships over broad geographical scales.