Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework

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For the week of 31 July 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 29 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on the Identification of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators using an Ecological Resilience Framework, presented by Kathy Goodin of NatureServe.

Resource managers must monitor ecologically appropriate indicators to effectively evaluate the performance of their activities and to guide adaptive management. To support indicator monitoring efforts, we developed a set of ecological condition and ecosystem service indicators for five ecosystems in the Gulf using an ecological resilience framework. With input from ecosystem experts, we created conceptual ecological models that identify the drivers, stressors, major ecological factors and their key ecological attributes. Using the models as a guide, we identified indicators, metrics and assessment points that will allow monitoring programs to better gauge ecological condition and ecosystem service provision. This work can be used directly by resource managers and restoration practitioners to guide and evaluate the performance of their efforts.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Allie Brown, Nick Wehner, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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