Northeast Integrated Ecosystem Assessment

The Northeast Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) provides a framework that brings social and ecological science and management advice to managers in a manner that is useful under current governance structures while supporting the adoption of Ecosystem-Based Management. 

Northeast Sub-regions

Northeast sub-regions
The ocean off the coast of the Northeast United States is divided up into three different ecological production units or sub-regions that are ecologically distinct. To learn more about the Sub-regions go here


Northeast Ecosystem Components

This conceptual model depicts the components of the marine ecosystem in the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf. To learn more about the components go here.

Integrated Ecosystem Assessments include a commitment to establishing spatial management units based on ecological rather than political boundaries, consideration of the relationships among the marine community, the physical environment, and human communities, and the recognition that humans are an integral part of the ecosystem. The IEA process attempts to account for the important goods and services derived from marine ecosystems as well as the diverse and cumulative impacts of human activities within the system to forge a sustainable future. The Northeast IEA provides basic information on fundamental ecological properties of the system to the broad spectrum of stakeholders who are engaged in the discussion of policy alternatives to meet the needs for Ecosystem-Based Management in the region. In addition understanding the ecological, economic, and social impacts of climate change and variability is key to both the mission statement of NOAA and to the implementation of IEA in support of Ecosystem-Based Management in the Northeast US. Read more