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Peer Review Plans


Title and Description:
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report

Sanctuary condition reports provide a standardized summary of resources in NOAA's sanctuaries, drivers and pressures on those resources, current conditions and trends for resources and ecosystem services, and management responses to the pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. Condition reports include information on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources and maritime archaeological resources, and the human activities that affect them. They present responses to a set of questions posed to all sanctuaries. The reports also rate ecosystem services status and trends. Resource and ecosystem service status are rated on a scale from good to poor, and the timelines used for comparison vary from topic to topic. Trends in the status of resources and ecosystem services are also reported, and are generally based on observed changes in status over the past five years, unless otherwise specified.

The reports serve as a tool for resource managers, researchers, policy makers, and educators. Condition reports distill large amounts of information, ranging from technical data to traditional, local and personal ecological knowledge into concise, easily understood assessments that can be interpreted for a wide audience. The reports help identify gaps in current monitoring efforts, as well as causal factors that may require monitoring and potential remediation in the years to come. The data discussed in the reports will enable resource managers and stakeholders to not only acknowledge prior changes in resource status, but also provide guidance for future management challenges.

ID348 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 6/30/2018
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 4/15/2016
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 12/1/2017
Review type:
Number of reviewers:

Peer reviewers will be designated by the agency.

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? no.

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? no.

How and When? NA..

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? yes

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Specialists in four areas - Living resources (tropical coral reef communities), benthic habitats (focus on tropical coastal habitats), water quality, and archaeological resources (e.g. shipwrecks).

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge statement

Peer review report

Final work product