Research projects within the sanctuary system allow scientists to address other information needs that are not recognized through site characterization and monitoring. Process studies, modeling, and prediction are research activities conducted at sanctuary locations.
Scientists conduct process studies to better understand the ecosystem and how it functions within a sanctuary. Process studies also allow scientists to better understand the resources within a sanctuary and how their condition is affected and changed. Scientists will also create models to represent ecosystems. Managers can then use these models to predict future changes and make appropriate preventative actions or purposeful restoration efforts.
NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science is partnering with the National Marine Sanctuary Program to conduct research within sanctuary waters. Read more about this exciting partnership and the research taking place.