On March 1 and 2, 2012, MARACOOS co-hosted a workshop to use an open source approach that develops a framework for the science of seascape ecology supporting the assessment and management of marine ecosystems. Attendees included oceanographers, benthic ecologists, habitat ecologists and members of the fishing industry. The intent of the workshop was to place hydrography and hydrodynamics firmly at the foundation of seascape ecology analogous to the way geography and geology lie at the foundation of the ecology of landscapes. Activities included seminars on several topics including the importance of water column processes in defining habitats in the sea, a review of ecosystem models and the range of data available for the mid-Atlantic Region measured with mapping systems of the seabed, underwater robots, and satellites in space. In addition, several seed projects were proposed. The workshop was co-sponsored by the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Team, the Abbess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and MARACOOS
Chairs: Kevin Friedland and John Manderson.