SOUTH FLORIDA ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION TASK
Science Coordination Team Charter
September 30, 1997
A Science Coordination Team (SCT) is hereby established by the
Working Group to assist both the Working Group (WG) and Task Force (TF) in meeting their
obligations under the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 by ensuring the highest
level of communication, coordination, and cooperation in the application of the various
scientific disciplines to the ecological and socioeconomic problems of South Florida.
The SCT will work under and report to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration
Working Group (WG). The SCT will serve as the senior science advisory group to the WG and
TF. The SCT is responsible for recommending research plans and priorities; and
facilitating the integration, synthesis, and application of the best scientific
information (including the Social Sciences) available for the South Florida Ecosystem
Restoration effort. Specific responsibilities and tasks include the following:
1. Provide a scientific basis for the development of
ecological and societal goals and objectives, and performance measures for South Florida
ecosystem restoration based on the best existing scientific information;
2. Ensure that the completed and ongoing data sets
for the South Florida ecosystem restoration effort are catalogued, cross-referenced, and
3. Ensure coordination of the design,
implementation, and progress of system-wide ecological monitoring programs that support
the evaluation of restoration success and its sustainability;
4. Identify key gaps in management information for
the South Florida ecosystem and related social systems and propose coordinated research,
inventory, monitoring, modeling, and information programs to address the gaps;
5. Describe expertise and scientific investigations
required to respond to key gaps in support of restoration management objectives;
6. Describe and coordinate the expertise and
scientific investigations required to document long-term ecosystem and social system
effects realized by implementation of restoration and management objectives;
7. Identify future science needs and recommended
priorities for a coordinated science and research program to address long-term restoration
8. Periodically review and revise priorities based
on evaluation of progress toward achieving sustainable restoration objectives;
9. Facilitate the exchange of scientific information
and the use of interdisciplinary and partnership approaches by establishing advisory
panels and convening scientific meetings, conferences, and symposia on topics relevant to
the South Florida ecosystem.
The membership of the Science Coordination Team (SCT) will consist of
a) Seven Working Group (WG) members designated
annually by the WG;
b) seven scientists employed by the WG agencies
coordinating with each of the Project Coordination Teams (PCT), including the Total
Systems Team. These will be nominated by the seven WG members of the SCT and approved by
the larger WG; and,
c) any member of the WG not on the SCT designate
someone to represent them on the SCT.
The SCT will designate members of the SCT or request WG agencies to
send additional individuals to SCT meetings to serve as technical advisors and/or
communication/coordination liaisons between the SCT and major interagency scientific
enterprises (e.g.- Florida Bay PMC, ATLSS Modeling, Mercury Pollution Studies etc.).
Organized entities already established (e.g.- the Florida Bay PMC) will be consulted as to
the appropriate individual who might serve as a liaison.
The SCT will nominate advisory panels made up of scientists in the
appropriate disciplines who will then be appointed by the WG. The SCT will convene these
panels at least annually to review scientific plans and progress in regard to Ecosystem
Restoration science. These panels may periodically supplement their activities by
appointing targeted subject matter expert panels and working with the SCT to convene
topical workshops to help address specific questions. These panels (and workshops) are
seen as critical elements of the SCT if it is to provide the best possible scientific
information to the WG.
The SCT will elect co-chairs at least one of which will be a WG member
of the SCT. These chairs will set the agenda of the SCT meetings, make preliminary
designations of work assignments and assure timely completion and delivery of assignments
to the Working Group and/or Task Force. A quorum of the SCT will consist of 50% + 1 of the
total number of voting members.
The SCT may recommend to the WG such changes or additions as it deems
All business of the SCT shall be conducted by consensus or by vote of
the SCT members with appropriate provision for written minority opinions.
Continuing SCT membership is contingent upon sufficient participation
to adequately perform SCT responsibilities.
The full SCT shall meet no less than quarterly.
All meetings of the full SCT shall be publicly noticed and provide an
opportunity for public comment.
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