Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2019: Exploring Applications of Ecosystem Service Conceptual Models for Coastal Habitats - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Exploring Applications of Ecosystem Service Conceptual Models for Coastal Habitats - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Planned

This project is expanding on the ESCM modeling approach by improving the existing salt marsh model and developing new models for other estuarine habitats. The project team is developing site-specific ecosystem conceptual models at a salt marsh and oyster reef site at the North Carolina Reserve, and at a mangrove site at the Rookery Bay Reserve. These site-specific models will be used to improve and/or develop generalized ecosystem services models for each habitat type. This project is linked to a related project, Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS), which is using a similar approach by creating Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models to develop socio-economic indicators for restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Feedback and integration between these two projects can enhance the outputs and findings of both. These efforts can ultimately assist in the development of a standardized approach for consideration of ecosystem services within NOAA and the research reserve system.


In recent years, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and its partners have become increasingly interested in applying an ecosystem services approach to coastal management. This approach, which considers the benefits that flow from nature to people, has been incorporated into the reserve system’s 2017 to 2022 Strategic Plan, and the federal government is considering ways to incorporate ecosystem services into decision making. However, there is currently no standardized way to integrate ecosystem services into coastal management and decision-making processes.

Researchers at Duke University have been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the reserve system to find streamlined ways to incorporate ecosystem services into coastal decision making, management, and research. Their first year of work resulted in the creation of a generalized Ecosystem Services Conceptual Model (ESCM) for salt marsh ecosystems, which displays how salt marsh restoration interventions result in ecosystem services and other human welfare impacts. These models represent a promising entry point for incorporating ecosystem service considerations into a program or a project.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead

Lydia Olander

Duke University

(919) 613-8713

Project Type

Catalyst – Targeted investment for

advancing collaborative science

Project Collaborators

• Duke University

• North Carolina National Estuarine

Research Reserve, North Carolina

• Rookery Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve, Florida


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Estuary

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Florida
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > North Carolina
None North Carolina NERR, NC
None Rookery Bay NERR, FL

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795463
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


CC ID: 795464
Date Effective From: 2018-09
Date Effective To: 2019-08
Contact (Person): Olander, Lydia
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 886191
W° Bound: -81.78
E° Bound: -81.455
N° Bound: 26.1
S° Bound: 25.8

Rookery Bay, FL NERR

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 2

CC ID: 795461
W° Bound: -77.96
E° Bound: -75.65
N° Bound: 36.5
S° Bound: 33.85

North Carolina, NC NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795460
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2018-09-01
End: 2019-08-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 795466
URL Type:
Online Resource

This site provides a project overview and links to all associated products, including data.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54579
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:24+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-11-08 16:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-08