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Social Coast Forum 2012, Social Science for Coastal Decision-making

Susan Lovelace, Maria Dillard and Trey Honeycutt participated in the Social Coast Forum hosted by the Coastal Services Center in Charleston, SC February 15-16.

The purpose of the Forum was to gather management practitioners and social scientists to share information about management needs and social science research and capabilities for addressing those needs.

Honeycutt served the Forum with IT expertise while Lovelace and Dillard each moderated a concurrent session, respectively, Social Science Methods for Understanding the Value of Ecosystem Services and Thinking Ahead: Innovative Approaches for Planning and Policy Development.

To provide expertise on measuring aspects and conditions of communities and their activities they provided a tool and job aid presentation and discussion, Indications of Change: Using Social Science Indicators to Support Decision-Making for three large groups of participants.

The second Social Coast Forum is planned for 2014.

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