Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/PT-05

The importance of understanding ecological complexity to predicting effects of multiple stressors on coastal systems (Year one of five)

Principal Investigator: 

Denise L. Breitburg

Start/End Year: 

1995 to 2001

Institution: 

Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center

Co-Principal investigator: 

James G. Sanders, Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center

Description: 

To determine the accumulative effects of current, increased and decreased levels of multiple stressors on a representative coastal system; to determine how ecological complexity, variability, and spatial structure affect the response of a representative coastal system to multiple stressors and the ability of managers to predict that response; and to determine how a variety of management options may affect both the biota and the economic value of the system.

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