Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Fund
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: This proposal takes advantage of the PWSSC location and complementary funding to develop the ‘bottom-up’ sampling program to match a ‘top-down” project already in place. The proposed sampling is intensive and reasonably extensive in space and time, and it is therefore comparatively expensive. The concept of understanding trophic dynamics from both ends is certainly attractive if, in fact, they meet in the middle. The project will establish a baseline of biodiversity in the habitat. Long-term the project will need to address the sustainability of a monitoring program built around helicopter sampling.
Science Director Recommendation: (Not Available)
Science Director Comments: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: The proposal meets an essential GEM objective by continuing research into understanding how to monitor soft sediment nearshore habitats nearby the oil spill affected areas. It is highly leveraged with outside funding and helps develop a desirable partnership with a regional marine lab, PWSSC.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Approved at November 10, 2003 TC meeting.