Acting NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan delivered the Welcome and Opening Keynote Address at Capitol Hill Oceans Week on June 4 in Washington, D.C. One of the projects Dr. Sullivan mentioned in her remarks was the Marine InVest (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs) tool. The NOAA Climate Program Office's Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program is currently supporting a project involving the marine InVEST tool in Galveston Bay, Tx.
Marine InVEST was developed by the Natural Capital Project in partnership with NOAA to facilitate scientific understanding of ecosystem services — and then to help communities make better real-world decisions. InVEST allows users to “test” possible outcomes of different decisions, visualizing trade-offs among environmental, economic and social benefits. The Nature Conservancy and the National Capital Project are using the new tool to evaluate how restored oyster reefs can best protect shorelines from coastal hazards, such as storm surge, while stimulating a recovering fisheries economy.
Read Dr. Sullivan's full remarks to read more about this project and other ocean-related activities supported by NOAA.
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