Our Work

NOAA has a long history of conducting, and funding work related to ecosystem services. Below are some of the existing efforts that incorporate ecosystem services. This is by no means an exhaustive list. However, it provides examples of some of the work the agency does.

  • The Interagency Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative
    NOAA is the Lead on four partnerships (Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands, Puget Sound/ Snohomish River Watershed,  California’s North-Central , Coast and Russian River Watershed, and Hawai’i) as part of the Obama Administration’ Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources.
  • The RESTORE Act for Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration
    NOAA’s Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act Science Program applies an ecosystem services approach to its efforts in the region.
  • Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration
    NOAA is a federal partner on the Chesapeake Bay Program, which among other activities, works to assess the ecosystem services that provided by oyster reef restoration.
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    NOAA is on the Task Force charged with implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
  • Natural Resources Damage Assessments
    NOAA participates in many natural resource damage assessment settlements that used ecosystem services valuation to help quantify damages and assess restoration options to ensure that the options provide services equivalent to those lost.
  • NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint
    The Habitat Blueprint provides a forward-looking framework for NOAA to address ecosystem services by reducing coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation.
  • Coastal Green Infrastructure Efforts
    NOAA has several on-going efforts related to coastal green infrastructure such as participation in the Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering .
  • Carbon Sequestration and Federal Policies
    NOAA works with other agencies to protect “Blue Carbon” (carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems) by sharing expertise, exploring opportunities, and coordinating policy and science activities.
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System Projects
    National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) implement ecosystem services projects to help advance a variety of methodological approaches that vary depending on the management context.
  • The Federal Resources Management and Ecosystem Services Project
    The Federal Resources Management and Ecosystem Services (FRMES) project brings together Federal natural resource management agencies to develop a shared understanding of ecosystem services concepts and develop a broadly applicable approach for pursuing ecosystem services work. The project developed an online guidebook. NOAA contributed several sections, in part to help describe NOAA’s ecosystem services portfolio and address associated challenges, including those related to communication.
  • Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
    Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) are a science-based, step-wise process implemented with stakeholders and managers to identify priority issues and provide robust decision-support information in an ecosystem context.