Understanding the Connections between Coastal Waters and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health: Basic Services, Valuation, and Resiliency

When: November 13, 2012 - November 14, 2012 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Environmental Health, Public Health
Activity: Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

This workshop will bring together members of the ecology, ecosystem services, and health communities to gain a better understanding of the connections between coastal waterways and ocean processes and public health risks and benefits. While ecosystem health is defined by some as the structural and function integrity of the biophysical system, this workshop will use a broader definition that includes the symbiotic relationship among coastal waterways and oceans, other plants and organisms, and people. Thus a healthy coastal waterway and ocean delivers benefits to society and future generations.

Workshop speakers and discussions will address the present state of knowledge about these relationships, and will elucidate the linkages between these ecosystem services and human health, including:

  1. What ecosystem services provided by coastal waterways and oceans are essential for human health and well-being? How can these services be valued and what are the consequences of these services being reduced or not provided?
  2. What major stressors, both natural and human induced, can impact the ability of coastal waterways and ocean systems to provide essential services?
  3. How can we best consider these impacts in decision-making? What are the key factors that affect the resiliency of these systems and how can we enhance their resilience?

This workshop is one in a series of workshops sponsored by the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine (EHSRM Roundtable). The EHSRM Roundtable was established in 1998 to provide a mechanism for parties from the academic, industrial, and federal research perspectives to meet and discuss sensitive and difficult environmental health issues in a neutral scientific setting. The purpose is to foster dialogue and is not intended to provide recommendations.

A live webcast of the workshop will also be available for those who are unable to attend in-person.


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