Florida State University
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2018
Seagrass restoration is a major priority for the Gulf of Mexico, including the Florida Gulf Coast (FGC), because of long-term degradation of seagrass habitat by human impacts and a growing appreciation for the many benefits that healthy seagrass beds provide to people (i.e., ecosystem services). However, these ecosystem services are rarely quantified and tracked as part of monitoring programs, likely due to limited resources and the lack of consistent approaches for measuring ecosystem service delivery across locations. To address this gap, the proposed work aims to develop a general framework for monitoring and assessing the ecosystem service outcomes of seagrass restoration, focusing on the FCG as an initial case study. The framework will rely on spatial modelling approaches to guide and supplement limited restoration and monitoring resources.