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Heenan, A., Gorospe, K., Williams, I., Levine, A., Maurin, P., Nadon, M. 2016. Ecosystem Monitoring for Ecosystem-Based Management: Using a Polycentric Approach to Balance Information Trade-Offs. Journal of Applied Ecology. British Ecological Society. 53. 699-704
Analysis, Assessment, Ecosystem, Management, Modeling, Monitoring, Policy, Data management, Decision-making
This paper describes the long-term ecosystem monitoring efforts conducted by the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program, which is the Pacific-specific segment of NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan. The paper describes managing trade-offs for data integrity and interdisciplinary relevance. It outlines a polycentric monitoring approach and includes three recommendations for meeting information requirements when implementing ecosystem-based management efforts.