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    • Ocean SAMPScience Research Agenda Stakeholder meeting 21 June 2012
    • Context for agenda Additional research need recognized in the Ocean SAMP document (Sec. 1130) Identify where additional research is needed Recommend approaches Agenda presents opportunity for RI to further lead the way in MSP and ORE development
    • Objectives Assist in obtaining future funds Continue to learn about RI’s offshore natural resources and human uses Obtain higher-resolution temporal and spatial data Better understand potential future effects of human uses, development, and global climate change Guide management decisions and support adaptive management strategies Promote the efficient development of ORE Identify collaborative research opportunities
    • Development Ocean SAMP researchers State and federal government agencies Environmental organizations The Narragansett Indian Tribe RI and MA Fisheries Advisory Board RI Habitat Advisory Board Public Other stakeholders
    • Local to national context
    • Topic areas1. Baseline data  Further characterize current ecosystem and human uses  Reference, or baseline, data to compare future data2. Monitoring programs  Assess impacts due to ORE and climate change  Identify and evaluate range and magnitude of impacts3. Ocean Engineering  Advancing technology of ORE devices  Ensure facilities reach maximum potential and efficiency4. Information framework  Support system to organize, visualize, analyze, and disseminate information
    • 1. Baseline studies The collection of data to understand current state of the ecosystem, and human uses  Environmental and biological attributes, human activity  Point of reference against which to compare subsequent data and evaluate change Studies proposed over multiple years  Adequate temporal and spatial resolutions  Detect and understand natural and human-induced variability in patterns and processes Important for adaptive management  See how area has changed over time and adjust management policies and practices accordingly
    • 1. Baseline studies Improve knowledge of Ocean SAMP area Provide data for modeling Topic areas:  Observation stations  Physical oceanography  Wind & climatology  Benthic habitat  Ecology  Avian  Marine mammals & sea turtles  Fish & fisheries  Cultural & historic resources  Recreation & tourism
    • 2. Impact assessment: ORE and climate change Identify potential effects Range and magnitude Develop suitable programs and protocols Studies proposed for over period of years  Adequately detect and understand variability Needed for implementing appropriate management and mitigation strategies
    • 2. Impact assessment: ORE and climate change Monitoring activities: 1. Continuation of ongoing and proposed baseline studies 2. For ORE – Extend monitoring project currently taking place as part of the NOPP NOPP topic areas:  Benthic habitat & ecology  Avian  Marine mammals & sea turtles  Fish & fisheries  Recreation & tourism
    • 3. Ocean engineering Focus on ORE devices:  Design  Construction  Structural requirements  Monitoring Promote maximum potential and efficiency of ORE facility Better anticipate development effects Recommend how standards should be revised and improved Recently submitted proposal to DOE to study demonstration project proposed off Block Island
    • 4. Information framework Framework – GIS based  Organize  Visualize  Analyze  Disseminate Guide monitoring and policy decisions, promote collaborations Focus:  Data integration into one database  Upgrades to NARRBAY.org website  Ensure information access  On-site and web-based support
    • Next steps Regional context  Collaborators – NROC, NESGC  Understand broad scale distribution of marine mammals, migratory birds, fisheries activity  Understand how those patterns relate to OSAMP area  Inform regional MSP initiatives  Expand and compliment OSAMP research projects Potential funding sources  BOEM  DOE Prioritize studies
    • Next Steps Comment form online - http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/oceansamp/comment.html