LOICZLand-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
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To obtain baseline information about the status of estuaries worldwide, the LOICZ model uses secondary data obtained locally, gathered, for example, by health officials, environmental biologists, or even a school laboratory activity.
Members of the LOICZ project have conducted 15 workshops around the world to teach local experts how to develop nutrient budgets for their regions.
The LOICZ database of detailed information about coastal ecosystems is maintained at Stockholm University in Sweden.
The LOICZ webpage also summarizes and updates the budgeting procedure, provides tools for carrying out the process, offers teaching materials, and posts existing budgets as they become available.
The next challenge for those interpreting the LOICZ information lies in extrapolating baseline data for specific sites into more detailed environmental information.
Although the LOICZ project is retrospective and relies on existing data to establish a baseline view of estuaries, the same general computations can be made for other contaminants or nutrients in coastal zones.
If LOICZ were to add a new parameter in the future, it likely would be measurements of sediments that affect light-dependent life forms.
LOICZ hopes to get renewed finding to do more projects like this.
LOICZ has no control over how local officials use findings about estuaries.
One should bear in mind, however, that LOICZ model has limitations that may be important, especially when applied for shallow coastal ecosystems such as the Piratininga-Itaipu Lagoon System.
Biophysical and socio-economic assessments of the coastal zone: the LOICZ approach.
Summary of annual values, quantification of the parameters and data source, used for two-box models LOICZ, for the Piratininga-Itaipu Coastal Lagoons System.