Science Advisory Committee

The purpose of this committee is to provide guidance on priority setting by the program based on scientific understanding of the issues and to recommend necessary monitoring and research activities to inform the development of status and trends of the estuarine environment. The Science Advisory Committee includes scientists and government agency personnel interested in developing mechanisms for measuring ecosystem health and engages in the following:

  1. Assesses trends to determine where stresses are most acute in the system.
  2. Develops frameworks and monitoring protocols for measuring changes in ecosystem health.
  3. Provides technical advice or conducts a scientific review of issues/activities requested by other committees.
  4. Identifies opportunities for public participation and project involvement (i.e., citizen monitoring).
  5. Identifies projects and assists with planning for their implementation (i.e., water quality monitoring, data management).
  6. Cooperatively identifies tasks/roles for MBNEP in addressing issues or galvanizing action.

Publications
Mobile Bay Subwatershed Restoration Monitoring Framework, 2015

Meeting Information

2020
August 12, 2020: Agenda, Minutes
July 24, 2020: Agenda
May 22, 2020: Agenda, Minutes
January 24, 2020: Agenda and Minutes
Presentations:
D'Olive Watershed Restoration Monitoring and Development of a Watershed Condition Framework (PDF, 4.7MB) - Tim Thibaut, Barry A. Vittor & Associates, inc.; Stressor Matrix – Linking Pressures to Habitats and Ecosystem Services, Stressor Evaluation Matrix - Dr. John Lehrter, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Dr. Missy Partyka, MS-AL Sea Grant

2019
September 13, 2019: Agenda, Minutes
Presentations: Draft Evaluation Framework; Habitat Classification Scheme; Coal Ash Pond Hydrogeology Results
May 10, 2019: Agenda, Minutes
Presentations: Alabama Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Program (Byron/Heck); Fowl River Community Meeting
March 15, 2019: Agenda, Minutes

Archive (2012-2018)