The National Marine Sanctuary Program science staff works to recognize, understand, forecast and respond to natural and human-caused environmental changes within the sanctuaries. Condition Reports and the Science Needs Assessment are two tools that are used to understand and respond to changes on both the site and system-wide level.

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Learn more about Sanctuary Condition Reports by clicking here or the image above.

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Learn more about the Science Needs Assessment by clicking here or the image above.

Characterization
Scientists must understand the natural and cultural resources.
Monitoring
Scientists monitor the status and trends of the condition of marine life and habitats.
Research
Research projects allow scientists to address other information needs.
Historical Ecology
An innovative approach that helps us to characterize what the marine environment looked like in previous centuries.
Socioeconomics
Social science that describes the human dimension of the marine environment.
Publications
Sanctuary-related scientific documents, data, and maps, including the Sanctuary Conservation Series.

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