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...
Objectives Assist in obtaining future funds Continue to learn about RI’s offshore natural resources   and human uses Ob...
Development Ocean SAMP researchers State and federal government agencies Environmental organizations The Narragansett ...
Local to national context
Topic areas1. Baseline data   Further characterize current ecosystem and human uses   Reference, or baseline, data to co...
1. Baseline studies The collection of data to understand current state of  the ecosystem, and human uses   Environmental...
1. Baseline studies Improve knowledge of Ocean SAMP area Provide data for modeling Topic areas:    Observation station...
2. Impact assessment:         ORE and climate change Identify potential effects Range and magnitude Develop suitable pr...
2. Impact assessment:        ORE and climate change Monitoring activities:  1. Continuation of ongoing and proposed basel...
3. Ocean engineering Focus on ORE devices:     Design     Construction     Structural requirements     Monitoring Pr...
4. Information framework Framework – GIS based     Organize     Visualize     Analyze     Disseminate Guide monitori...
Next steps Regional context   Collaborators – NROC, NESGC   Understand broad scale distribution of marine mammals,    m...
Next Steps Comment form online -  http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/oceansamp/comment.html
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Ocean SAMP research agenda

  1. 1. Ocean SAMPScience Research Agenda Stakeholder meeting 21 June 2012
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Local to national context
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Next Steps Comment form online - http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/oceansamp/comment.html

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