To foster, apply, and extend the best available science to ensure that monitoring meets management needs through design and implementation of monitoring frameworks, testing and refinement of monitoring methods, and research to advance monitoring approaches.

Information Management

To steward and share monitoring information through application of web technologies and social media, advancement of data management, and development of new collaboration and decision-support tools.


To strengthen understanding and use of science as the basis for sound decisions through understanding and reflecting management needs and public priorities, and employing new communications tools and approaches.