Ecosystem Science & Management Working Group Orientation
From the ESMWG Terms of Reference:
“The Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group (ESMWG) will provide scientific advice and broad direction to the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) regarding NOAA’s ecosystem related programs, in the context of national and international activities. The ESMWG will focus on the broad research, monitoring, and management components of NOAA’s ecosystem portfolio, as well as on the underlying observations and data management issues. The ESMWG will assist in establishing plans, assessing progress, and reviewing priorities on a continuing basis.
The ESMWG will work closely with the Ecosystem Goal Team (EGT) and the five relevant Line Offices involved in NOAA’s ecosystem programs (National Marine Fisheries Service – NMFS, National Ocean Service – NOS, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research – OAR, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service – NESDIS, and National Weather Service – NWS). In all its activities the Working Group will take into consideration the eight themes set forth by the NOAA SAB: 1) quality, creativity and credibility; 2) timeliness and scale; 3) science connected to the application and operational implementation of policy; 4) capacity building; 5) education and outreach; 6) efficiency; 7) social science integration; and 8) diversity.
The ESMWG, in its role as a sanctioned working group of the NOAA SAB, advises the SAB on the condition and capabilities of NOAA’s ecosystem portfolio and submits formal reports to the SAB that identify current issues, deficiencies, recommendations for remedial action, and proposed initiatives.”