An Integrated ecologicalâ??economic modeling framework for the sustainable management of oyster farming Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Sustainable resource management requires improved understanding of complex ecological processes and the socioeconomic drivers shaping humanâ??environment interactions. To better understand complex interconnections among ecological and economic systems, this study integrates a coastal marine ecosystem model with a model of the associated coastal economy. Through simulations of different ecological and socioeconomic scenarios, the integrated model can be used to generate predictive ecological and economic values for policy analysis, providing an opportunity for more rational and informed debate concerning sustainable marine resource development. To demonstrate utility of this integrated model, it was applied to coastal shellfish aquaculture production in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, US, a coastal ecologicalâ??economic system that provides important ecosystem services and contributes to the regional economy.
  • Sustainable resource management requires improved understanding of complex ecological processes and the socioeconomic drivers shaping human–environment interactions. To better understand complex interconnections among ecological and economic systems, this study integrates a coastal marine ecosystem model with a model of the associated coastal economy. Through simulations of different ecological and socioeconomic scenarios, the integrated model can be used to generate predictive ecological and economic values for policy analysis, providing an opportunity for more rational and informed debate concerning sustainable marine resource development. To demonstrate utility of this integrated model, it was applied to coastal shellfish aquaculture production in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, US, a coastal ecological–economic system that provides important ecosystem services and contributes to the regional economy.

publication date

  • October 2015