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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program - Assessments

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program

Assessments within the Albemarle-Pamlico Region

By interpreting data and molding this information into a format useful for policy and program development, the assessment function is a key component of decision support.  The objectives of the most comprehensive form of environmental assessment, integrated assessment, are to [CRMSW 2000:10]:

  • Document status and trends in environmental conditions at the necessary scales for scientific investigation and policy development;
  • Evaluate the causes and consequences of changes in environmental status and trends;
  • Assess environmental, economic and sociological impacts of alternative policies for dealing with these changes;
  • Forecast change and create an early warning detection.

Documentation of spatial data (Bullet 1) can take the form of an environmental atlas, whereas rigorous evaluation, assessment, and forecasting (Bullets 2 to 4) require ecological models.  The links on this page provide information on environmental modeling and assessments in the APNEP region.

APNEP Assessments

The following compilation includes published assessments supported by APNEP since the partnership’s inception in 1987.  Digital copies of these papers can be found here.

Report 89-13: Albemarle-Pamlico Estuaries Study: Preliminary Technical Analysis of Status & Trends (1989)

Report 91-01: Status and Trends Report (1991)

Report 91-02: Executive Summary of the Status and Trends Report (1991)

Report 92-06: Biological and Chemical Assessments of Sediment Collected from Eleven Locations in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina (1992)

Report 92-16: Evaluation of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study Area Utilizing Population, Land Use and Water Quality Information (1992)

Report 06-01: Chowan River Assessment, North Carolina: Riparian Shoreline Assessment Report (2006)

Report 12-02: Albemarle-Pamlico Ecosystem Assessment (2012)

Other Assessments

The following compilation includes assessment products, tools and methods developed by programs other than APNEP that may be of interest to assessment efforts within the APNEP region.

OTHER ASSESSMENT PRODUCTS

U.S. EPA’s National Estuary Program Coastal Condition Report: section on APNEP, Pages 202-210 (June 2007)

TOOLS AND METHODS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Impact Collaborative (MUSIC)

U.S. EPA’s Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Restults (WATERS)

U.S. NOAA and Portugal’s Instituto do Mar (IMAR) Institute of Marine Science’s Assessment of Estuarine Trophic Status (ASSETS) Methodology

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