Abstract Title

Session S-02F: Presssure and Risk Assessment Tools

Proposed Abstract Title

A pressure taxonomy and pressure network diagrams for Puget Sound ecosystem recovery

Keywords

Planning Assessment & Communication

Location

Room 602-603

Start Date

30-4-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2014 3:00 PM

Description

Puget Sound ecosystems, species, and human wellbeing are affected by both natural events and human activities. Broadly, these activities and events that ultimately effect change in the ecosystem via a variety of pathways of effect can be called “pressures” or “threats." In its conceptual models of the Puget Sound ecosystem and of ecosystem recovery efforts, the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) identifies key components of the ecosystem and the pressures that directly threaten these components. We have developed a "pressure taxonomy" that is intended to support recovery efforts by improving the ability of practitioners, managers, scientists and decision-makers to communicate, coordinate and collaborate more effectively within and across projects. The taxonomy is hierarchical, including three levels of information – pressure categories, pressure classes, and stressors – and examples of how the elements can be combined to describe pathways of effect. By adopting a standard nomenclature and presenting examples of pressure network diagrams, the PSP pressure taxonomy serves as a starting point for describing the multiple pathways of effect of pressures to Puget Sound ecosystems. The taxonomy has guided the development and implementation of the 2014 Puget Sound Pressure Assessment and will help make the results of that assessment useful to others. Ultimately, if all Puget Sound ecosystem recovery partners are able to reference the common taxonomy, we will increase the region’s capacity to assess risks to Puget Sound ecosystems and develop more effective approaches to managing and reducing threats to the Sound.

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Apr 30th, 1:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:00 PM

A pressure taxonomy and pressure network diagrams for Puget Sound ecosystem recovery

Room 602-603

Puget Sound ecosystems, species, and human wellbeing are affected by both natural events and human activities. Broadly, these activities and events that ultimately effect change in the ecosystem via a variety of pathways of effect can be called “pressures” or “threats." In its conceptual models of the Puget Sound ecosystem and of ecosystem recovery efforts, the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP) identifies key components of the ecosystem and the pressures that directly threaten these components. We have developed a "pressure taxonomy" that is intended to support recovery efforts by improving the ability of practitioners, managers, scientists and decision-makers to communicate, coordinate and collaborate more effectively within and across projects. The taxonomy is hierarchical, including three levels of information – pressure categories, pressure classes, and stressors – and examples of how the elements can be combined to describe pathways of effect. By adopting a standard nomenclature and presenting examples of pressure network diagrams, the PSP pressure taxonomy serves as a starting point for describing the multiple pathways of effect of pressures to Puget Sound ecosystems. The taxonomy has guided the development and implementation of the 2014 Puget Sound Pressure Assessment and will help make the results of that assessment useful to others. Ultimately, if all Puget Sound ecosystem recovery partners are able to reference the common taxonomy, we will increase the region’s capacity to assess risks to Puget Sound ecosystems and develop more effective approaches to managing and reducing threats to the Sound.