Welcome to NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) balance the needs of the ocean and society for current and future generations through an integrated science to management approach. This approach integrates all components of an ecosystem, including humans, into the decision-making process so that managers can balance trade-offs and determine what is more likely to achieve their desired goals. The approach is a NOAA-wide initiative, overseen by the IEA program, which directs the execution of Integrated Ecosystem Assessments within the United States ocean and coastal ecosystems. 


Integrated Ecosystem Assessments...

Coupled social-ecological system
Ecosystem status report
Risk assessment
management strategy evaluation

Integrated Ecosystem Assessment management partners include...

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The NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program partners with four of the eight Fisheries Management Councils in the United States that are responsible for managing our Nation's fishery resources.

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The NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program partners with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) to support Ecosystem-Based Management using the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) approach.

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The NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program partners with several state natural resource management agencies to support their ecosystem-based management needs using the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach.

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There are multiple other manager and stakeholder entities with which regional programs have, or may in future, engaged with as part of inclusive community implementation of the IEA approach for specific management efforts.

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IEA team photo

 

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Ecosystem based management

 

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