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Development, Testing, and Application of Ecological and Socioeconomic Indicators for Integrated Assessment of Aquatic Ecosystems of the Atlantic Slope in the Mid-Atlantic States

Robert P. Brooks (1), Denice H. Wardrop (1), James S. Shortle (1), Robert E. O'Connor (1), Egide Nizeyimana1, Dennis F. Whigham (2), Charles L.Gallegos (2), Donald E. Weller (2), Anson Hines (2), Thomas E. Jordan (2), Peter P. Marra (2), Carl Hershner (3), Kirk Havens (3), Lyle M. Varnell (3), Mark M. Brinson (4), Rick D. Rheinhardt (4), James M. McElfish (5), Kent Thornton (6)

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) (1), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) (2), Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) (3), East Carolina University (ECU) (4), Environmental Law Institute (ELI) (5), FTN Associates (FTN) (6)

The Atlantic Slope Consortium will develop and test a set of indicators in coastal systems that are ecologically appropriate, economically reasonable, and relevant to society. Our suite of indicators will produce integrated assessments of the condition, health and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems based on ecological and socioeconomic information compiled at the scale of estuarine segments and small watersheds, with clear linkages and connections to larger scales.

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