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Best Available Science

The RESTORE Act requires the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) to “undertake projects and programs, using the best available science that would restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast.”

The RESTORE Act defines “best available science” as science that: 

  • Maximizes the quality, objectivity, and integrity of information, including statistical information;
  • Uses peer-reviewed and publicly available data; and
  • Clearly documents and communicates risks and uncertainties in the scientific basis for such projects. 

Comprehensive Plan 

In December 2017, the Council updated its Initial Comprehensive Plan, and strengthened its commitment to using best available science in selecting projects and programs. 

Comprehensive Plan Update 2016 commitment to update the proposal review process

Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL)

Detailed Proposal Review Process for the Initial Funded Priorities List (2015)
Overview of the Science Review Process for the Initial Funded Priorities List (December 2015)

Initial FPL projects focused on science/monitoring:

Additional Council work to integrate Best Available Science

Below we highlight some of the activities that the Council Staff has undertaken to facilitate the use of best available science in Council decision-making. 

Lower Mississippi River Modeling and Data Workshop Summary (April 2016)

Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow Host Office

For additional information on best available science activities please contact Alyssa Dausman (Science Director), Jessica Henkel (Ecosystem Science Specialist), or Kirsten Dorans (Science Policy Fellow).