Economics and Human Dimensions Program Review 2017

Housed at NOAA headquarters, the Office of Science and Technology (ST) is a liaison among NMFS’ field scientists and NOAA/NMFS leadership. ST is responsible for coordinating and helping to frame the direction of science programs at the national level and across NMFS’ Science Centers. In conjunction with NMFS’ Chief Scientist, six Science Center Directors, and three Senior Scientists, ST helps prioritize and direct funding of the science activities undertaken by the agency, as well as the management of several national programs.

The objective for this review is to evaluate the current programs of ST’s Economics and Social Analysis Division and its relationship to NMFS’ Economics and Human Dimensions Science Program. Data collection, assessments and research undertaken by the Program are used to evaluate the benefits and costs of alternative management actions, to prioritize management needs, and to facilitate policy design that sustainably maximizes societal benefits from ocean and coastal resources. These reviews will assess the extent to which the current Economics and Human Dimensions Program is focused on the priority information needs required to complete the NMFS mission. In addition, the review will evaluate the effectiveness of the Economics and Social Analysis Division’s role in shaping the national Program.

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