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Environmental Restoration Science: the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill experience. Robert Spies Ocean Conservancy Workshop St. Petersburg, Florida April 2012. Science guides environmental restoration.

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Environmental restoration science the exxon valdez oil spill experience

Environmental Restoration Science: the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill experience

Robert Spies

Ocean Conservancy Workshop

St. Petersburg, Florida

April 2012


Science guides environmental restoration

Science guides environmental restoration

  • Restoration without science is like industrial production without market research or quality control.


General instructions

General instructions


Role of science in ecosystem restoration

Role of Science in ecosystem restoration

What is the cause and effect relationship?

Will it heal in a reasonable time without intervention?

If not, can human intervention help?

What actions would help?

Will intervention have unanticipated negative consequences?


The evos rp process

The EVOS RP process

  • Ongoing assessment of injury

  • Peer review to determine priorities

  • Call for proposals

  • Review proposals for quality and applicability

  • Do some trimming and joining

  • Take action

  • Monitor

  • Expected result ?

  • Report results; peer review

  • Identify more action, quit, modify, etc.

  • Update on injured resources


Restoration vs science a false dichotomy

Restoration vs. Science:A false dichotomy

  • 1. These often appear as separate program elements.

  • 2. Environmental actions have consequences: provide learning opportunities.

  • 3. Investigation of damage provides new ecosystem information.

  • New knowledge is a legacy.

  • Restoration: Learning by doing.


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