Science

The SBSP Science Program

The goal of the Science Program is to bring the best and most relevant science to decision-makers and the public in a timely fashion. The Science Program provides the Project with a scientific basis for adaptive management decisions and assists with the development of restoration targets and measuring Project success.

The Project celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2013. The cornerstone of the restoration is adaptive management, where science plays a starring role in management decisions. Most of the first phase of studies are now completed, thanks to several research partners, and much has been learned about key uncertainties in the restoration process (see here).

As part of the project's collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS biologist Laura Valoppi serves as Project Lead Scientist and directs the project's Science Program. Ms. Valoppi and her colleagues coordinate a series of Applied Studies and ongoing monitoring projects, and award contracts for applied studies, monitoring, and modeling projects.

The primary work of the Science Program during Phase 1 is to implement the Project’s Adaptive Management Plan. The plan helps Project Managers to measure and analyze changes on the ground and fold that new information back into the management process. The process for integrating new information is listed in the Adaptive Management Summary Table (page 114 of the Plan), which shows the Project’s integrated approach to understanding how the South Bay ecosystem responds to management changes.

The Science Program and the Lead Scientist receive guidance from the Project Science Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which reviews Science Program progress; provides advice on restoration/engineering design, research and applied studies; and assists in identifying emerging key uncertainties and management decisions required to keep the project on track toward its restoration objectives.

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The primary work of the Science Program during Phase 1 is to implement the Project’s Adaptive Management Plan. The plan helps Project Managers to measure and analyze changes on the ground and fold that new information back into the management process. The process for integrating new information is listed in the Adaptive Management Summary Table (page 114 of the Plan), which shows the Project’s integrated approach to understanding how the South Bay ecosystem responds to management changes.

The Science Program and the Lead Scientist receive guidance from the Project Science Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which reviews Science Program progress; provides advice on restoration/engineering design, research and applied studies; and assists in identifying emerging key uncertainties and management decisions required to keep the project on track toward its restoration objectives.

Results from Applied Studies and Monitoring will be updated regularly and provided on the Project website. This site also gives other Science Program activities and products, including internships available.

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Science Program Information

Workshops, Symposia, Conferences

Documents

Related Studies

  • NASA Ames DEVELOP interns collaborate with the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project to monitor and study restoration efforts using NASA’s satellites (2011 PDF)
  • Fisheries in Restored South Bay Wetlands and Adjacent Habitats (March 2008 PDF)
  • Research bibliography
  • For further information on U.S. Geological Surveys studies that support the restoration,
    go to http://www.werc.usgs.gov/southbayrestoration