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Kona Area Integrated Ecosystems Assessment Project

The purpose of an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is to perform a formal synthesis and quantitative analysis of information on relevant natural and socio-economic factors, specifically in relation to identified ecosystem management goals for a region. More...

News and Highlights

  • August 9, 2013
    The second Kona Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) survey was completed in mid-June aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette. This research expedition built on the 2011 Kona IEA survey and involved scientists from NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the University of Hawaii's Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hilo, NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and Duke University. And, in keeping with the goal of supporting students and educators, eight graduate and two undergraduate students and a NOAA Teacher at Sea participated in the survey. More...
  • June 12, 2013
    On June 12, 2013, the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette departed her home port at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, for the second Kona Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) survey. This cruise, identified as SE-13-04, builds on the inaugural survey conducted in July 2011 and aims to further our understanding of the unique marine ecosystem along the Kona Coast of the island of Hawaii (Big Island). More ...
  • July 6, 2012
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    Kona IEA Website is Up and Running
    The Kona IEA website is up and running with links to meeting presentations, agendas, background reports, and, soon, datasets. Please continue to check back for updates as the site, and the Kona IEA, grows.