The California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA)
The primary goals of the CCIEA are to better understand the web of interactions that drive patterns and trends of components within the California Current ecosystem, and forecast how changing environmental conditions and management actions affect the status of these components. Our conceptual model of the social-ecological system of the California Current(right) illustrates how humans and their social systems are inextricably linked to these marine, coastal, and upland environments.
The California Current Ecosystem
The California Current is a dynamic and diverse ecosystem in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Spanning nearly 3000 km from southern British Columbia, Canada to Baja California, Mexico, including the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone, it encompasses not only marine habitats, but also the coastal land-sea interface and adjacent terrestrial watersheds. Read More.
Website and Report Organization
The IEA synthesizes attributes of multiple ecosystem components into a single dynamic assessment. This web document is organized according to many of the steps described under the IEA loop (right). It includes:
- a preface which orients the reader and describes EBM goals, research priorities, and future directions,
- a literature-based approach to developing indicators for drivers, pressures, and key components of the ecosystem,
- status and trend assessments of these indicators over time,
- risk analyses of some ecosystem components, and
- management scenarios that use modeling tools to evaluate potential future states.