The Atlantic Slope Consortium (ASC) is one of five projects funded nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Estuarine and Great Lakes (EaGLe) Indicator Research Program, part of EPA’s STAR Grants Program.

The ASC project, formally entitled “Development, Testing, and Application of Ecological and Socioeconomic Indicators for Integrated Assessment of Aquatic Ecosystems of the Atlantic Slope in the Mid-Atlantic States”, is a collaboration among the Pennsylvania State University, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, East Carolina University, the Environmental Law Institute, and FTN Associates.

The Atlantic Slope Consortium is developing and testing a set of indicators in coastal systems that are ecologically appropriate, economically reasonable, and relevant to society. This suite of indicators will produce integrated assessments of the condition, health and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems in the region. They will be based on ecological and socioeconomic information compiled at the scale of estuarine segments and small watersheds, with clear linkages to larger scales.

This project extended over a 6-year period, beginning in February 2001 and concluding in February 2006.

A copy of the final project report can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Integration of Ecological and Socioeconomic Indicators for Estuaries and Watersheds of the Atlantic Slope