Saturday, November 25, 2017
 

Objective 1

Improve survey capabilities to provide more accurate, precise and synoptic information of key marine populations.

Improvements are needed to advance survey capabilities to provide more accurate, precise, and synoptic information of key marine populations and environmental influences on their production and distributions using innovative technologies. Remote sensing and alternative platforms can improve survey coverage without significant increases in expensive ship time.

R&D Targets:

  • Decrease uncertainty in the forecasts generated from ecosystem models
  • Enhance UAS camera systems for marine mammal surveys

  • Operationalize animal-borne observing systems at the scale of NOAA’s regional ecosystems

Objective 2

Improve biomass and mortality estimates and address measurement uncertainty with technologies aboard existing surveys.

Improving abundance estimates and addressing measure uncertainty requires the development and implementation of technologies used in existing surveys, and pertinent environmental and ecological measures.

R&D Targets:

  • Increase the frequency of ecosystem-process studies that employ advanced sampling technology

  • Decrease uncertainty in the forecasts generated from ecosystem models

Objective 3

Develop integrated models that take advantage of synoptic data at various scales, to inform an ecosystem-based management approach.

Data from emerging sampling technologies will provide synoptic information to develop biological models capable of providing regional-scale assessments and forecasts of biological productive.

R&D Targets:

  • Decrease uncertainty in the forecasts generated from ecosystem models