NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Program

Posted on: 6/22/2016 - Updated on: 2/27/2020

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Tera Johnson



NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program supports Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), a new era of ocean stewardship, by providing a next generation tool and helping transfer scientific knowledge to management particularly with respect to oceanographic, climatic, ecological and other environmental conditions. As of 2016, the program is implemented in 5 regions across the United States - Alaska, California Current, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Islands, and the Northeast.

IEAs are intended to provide ‘a synthesis and integration of information on relevant physical, chemical, ecological, and human processes in relation to specified management objectives' (Levin et al., 2008, 2009). IEAs therefore draw on both the natural and human dimensions sciences to determine the status of these coupled Social-Ecological Systems (SESs) and to evaluate management options. This requires coordination and cooperation among different state and federal agencies and drawing on the expertise of partners in native communities, academia, and non-governmental organizations. 



Ecosystem scientists and researchers, natural resource planners

Managing Organizations

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.