Restoration Monitoring and
Current Studies

stream restoration research

NOAA developed standard monitoring protocols for estuary habitat restoration projects, as directed by the Estuary Restoration Act (ERA). These protocols allow for evaluation of restoration success.

Since restoration science is still in development, restoration projects may not meet intended goals. Monitoring can provide information to explain why goals are not met, and data from these projects can help evaluate relative efficacy of different methods and improve restoration techniques and project designs for future efforts.

NOAA Monitoring Resources:

NOAA is also conducting three monitoring studies: one national study determining the restoration success of salt marshes compared with reference sites; and two studies examining socio-economic monitoring and metrics development.

Ecological Monitoring Studies:

Socio-economic Monitoring Studies: