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USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025 (Page 1)

USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025

Hyer, K., Phillips, S. ·
2 July 2021

The Chesapeake Bay ecosystem is a national treasure that provides almost $100 billion annually of goods and services. The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), is one of the largest federal-state restoration partnerships in the United States and is underpinned by rigorous science. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a pivotal role as a science provider for assessing ecosystem condition and response in the Chesapeake watershed.

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Building Coral Reefs - A Decadal Grand Challenge (Page 1)

Building Coral Reefs - A Decadal Grand Challenge

ICRS Science to Policy Paper 2021

Knowlton N, Grottoli AG, Kleypas J, Obura D, Corcoran E, de Goeij JM, Felis T, Harding S, Mayfield A, Miller M, Osuka K, Peixoto R, Randall CJ, Voolstra CR, Wells S, Wild C, Ferse S ·
1 July 2021

This document is the work of a team assembled by the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS). The mission of ICRS is to promote the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge to secure the future of coral reefs, including via relevant policy frameworks and decision-making processes.

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2020 Mississippi Rivers Report Card Methods (Page 1)

2020 Mississippi River Watershed Report Card Methods Document

Heath Kelsey, Katie May Laumann, Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Sky Swanson, Steven Guinn, Dylan Taillie, Joe Edgerton, Andrew Elmore, Jane Hawkey ·
27 April 2021

This companion document to the 2020 Mississippi River report card contains information about data sources for all indicators, summary of analysis methods, and scoring details for each of the six America’s Watershed Initiative goals, and for two watershed wide indicators. Additional information regarding the goals is included to provide greater detail and discussion than is possible in the report card document.

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The Development Process and Methods for the Coastal Georgia Report Card (Page 1)

The Development Process and Methods for the Coastal Georgia Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Kelly Dobroski ·
22 April 2021

This companion document to the 2020 Coastal Georgia report card contains information about data sources for all indicators, a summary of analysis methods, and scoring details. The values and threats to Coastal Georgia were revisited and indicator importance and relevance were reviewed. This led to the addition of three new indicators: dissolved oxygen, bald eagles, and spotted seatrout. The two indicators covering right whales (population and calves) were removed from the report card scoring.

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Nutrient Trends and Drivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Page 1)

Nutrient Trends and Drivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Hyer, K..E., Phillips, S.W., Ator, S.W., Moyer, D.L., Webber, J.S., Felver, R., Keisman, J.L., McDonnell, L. A., Murphy, R., Trentacoste, E. M., Zhang, Q., Dennison, W.C., Swanson, S., Walsh, B., Hawkey, J., Taillie, D., ·
26 January 2021

The Chesapeake Bay Program maintains an extensive nontidal monitoring network, measuring nitrogen and phosphorus (nutrients) at more than 100 locations on rivers and streams in the watershed. Data from these locations are used by USGS to assess the ecosystem’s response to nutrient-reduction efforts.

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Coral reef condition : A status report for U.S. Coral Reefs (Page 1)

Coral reef condition : A status report for U.S. Coral Reefs

Donovan EC, Towle E, Kelsey RH, Allen M, Barkley H, Besemer N, Blondeau J, Eakin M, Edwards K, Enochs I, Fleming C, Geiger E, Grove LJ, Groves S, Johnson M, Johnston M, Kindinger T, Manzello D, Miller M, Oliver T, Samson J, and Viehman S. ·
11 November 2020

Pacific and Atlantic data from 2012–2018 indicate that U.S. coral reefs are in fair condition. Most themes did not meet their historical references, meaning they are moderately to very impacted. There are exceptions, but overall, the data suggest that reefs are vulnerable to further decline due to threats from ocean warming and acidification, coral disease, and fishing impacts. Download the document to learn more about U.S. Coral Reef condition.

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2020 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Atlantic Jurisdictions (Page 1)

2020 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Atlantic Jurisdictions

Donovan EC, Towle EK, Blondeau J, Eakin M, Edwards K, Edwards P, Enochs I, Fleming C, Formel N, Geiger E, Gorstein M, Grove J, Groves S, Johnson M, Kelsey RH, Manzello D, Miller N, and Viehman S ·
6 November 2020

The primary purpose of this document is to describe the scoring process used for all the Atlantic jurisdictions: Florida, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and the Flower Garden Banks.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Florida's coral reef

Erica Towle, Erick Geiger, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Shay Viehman, Matthew Johnson, Jeremiah Blondeau, Jennifer Stein, Matt Gorstein, Amanda Borque, Alejandro Acosta, Meaghan Johnson, Mike Feeley, Francisco Pagan, Lauri MacLaughlin, Kathryn Lohr, Caitlin Lustic, Karen Bohnsack, Jim Bohnsack, Derek Manzello, Ian Enochs, Jennifer Koss, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Andy Bruckner, Sara Thanner, Jennifer Herbig, Kelly Montenero, Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Kurtis Gregg, Chris Kelble, Tom Moore, Leanne Rutten, Philip Kramer, Pat Quinn, Erick Ault, Jerald Ault, Sarah Fangman, Chloe Fleming, David Gilliam, Kirk Kilfoyle, Brian Walker, Diego Lirman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. Florida's Coral Reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico

Antares Alvarez, Eileen Alicea, Helena Antoun, Jeremiah Blondeau, Ernesto Diaz, Caroline Donovan, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Tania Metz Estrella, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Reni Garcia, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Melissa Gonzalez, Sean Griffin, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Miguel Figuerola Hernandez, Matthew Johnson, Chris Jeffrey, Aurora Justiniano-Santos, Heath Kelsey, Nilda Jimenez Marrero, Derek Manzello, Nathan Miller, Michael Nemeth, Hector Ruiz, Jorge Sabater, Erica Towle, Orian Tzadik, Michelle Schärer-Umpierre, Shay Viehman, Ernesto Weil, and Stacey Williams. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Puerto Rico coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide communities and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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