Saturday, March 25, 2017

Objective 1

Improved understanding of the economic and behavioral elements of coastal resilience

NOAA will estimate the value of ecosystem services to inform management decisions, apply ocean and coastal economic data to better understand the economic importance of the coast and the dependence of the economy on coastal and ocean ecosystems, produce information on economic losses due to coastal hazards to help mitigate negative impacts, and assess and understand behaviors related to climate change impacts toward increased community and economic resiliency. The sustainability and resilience of coastal communities and economies depends on healthy ecosystems and a clear picture of the connection between society and the natural capital provided by ecosystems.

R&D Targets:

  • Identify best practices and incorporated Common International Standards for Ecosystem Services in economic valuation studies

  • Conduct risk-based analyses of hazards to coastal communities and ecosystem services in a pilot area, using best practices and innovative approaches

  • Develop socio-economic indicators of coastal community well-being and vulnerability to industrial development and environmental change, and apply the indicators in developing regional ecological characterization reports

  • Build integrated water level models, and evaluate costs and benefits of transitioning the coastal storm surge model (surge plus wave prediction) to operations

  • Characterize climate sensitivity of selected National Estuarine Research Reserve System sites using social vulnerability and biophysical indicators

  • Develop estimates of monetary and social costs of hypoxic zones, regions experiencing Harmful Algal Blooms, and designated Areas of Concern in Lake Michigan