For several years now, a team of scientists from research institutions across the Gulf coast has worked together to develop an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) model for the northern Gulf of Mexico. Researchers, including oceanographers, ecosystem modelers, and population ecologists came together shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to set up the framework for examining the ecological impacts of the disaster.
Classroom Activity: Ecosystems
Scientists study ecosystems by learning about their living and non-living components and how they are connected to one another. In this lesson, students will discover what an ecosystem is and explore one, either in person or virtually, to better understand all of the components.
Ecosystem Modeling Framework – PDF 1MB