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ReefLink Database: A decision support tool for Linking Coral Reefs and Society Through Systems Thinking
Yee, S. ReefLink Database: A decision support tool for Linking Coral Reefs and Society Through Systems Thinking. IN: Guanica Bay Watershed Update, 3(2):9, (2012).
Coral reefs provide the ecological foundation for productive and diverse fish and invertebrate communities that support multibillion dollar reef fishing and tourism industries. Yet reefs are threatened by growing coastal development, climate change, and over-exploitation. A key issue is that scientific and management efforts are often narrowly defined. As a consequence, there is often difficulty in predicting the indirect consequences and benefits of decisions. There is an urgent need for a decision framework which integrates environmental concerns with social and economic needs.
EPA scientists have developed the ReefLink Database utilizing a systems approach to integrate ecosystem services into the decision process, including elucidating the linkages between decisions, human activities, and provisioning of reef ecosystem goods and services.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB
GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION
BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS AND POPULATION RESPONSE BRANCH