Conceptual Model of the Galveston Bay Ecosystem




McFarlane RW

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The goal of the project was development of a set of habitat-based, problem-oriented, nested, hierarchical, box-and-arrow conceptual models tiered to three levels of complexity. (1) Simple, nontechnical models that facilitate understanding of important issues by the public focus on the landscape approach and provide an overview of the ecosystem. (2) Complex detailed models that reflect scientific consensus describe the structure, function and connectivity of the habitat components of the ecosystem and its connections to adjacent habitats. (3) Simple technical models useful to decision-makers, resource managers and bay users describe the interconnectedness of the ecosystem




2, 47D Ocean Sciences & Technology: Biological Oceanography, 48B Natural Resources & Earth Sciences: Natural Resource Management, 57H Medicine & Biology: Ecology, Aquatic ecosystems, Benthos, Biological communities, Coastal ecology, Coastal waters, Coastal zone management, Conservation, Dallas, Environmental protection, Estuaries, Estuarine environment, Flood plains, Galveston, Galveston bay, Galveston Bay National Estuary Program, Gulf Coast, Habitat, Habitats, Interconnectedness, Intertidal areas, Man environment interactions, Marshes, Models, National Estuary Program, Natural resource conservation, Natural resources management, Nearshore water, Reefs, Resource conservation, Spatial variations, Texas, United States