In addition to scientific studies, NOAA uses a variety of economic methods to assess natural resource injuries.
Our economic assessment process is based on the understanding that healthy ecosystems provide multiple benefits that are critical to day-to-day activities on this planet. When contamination impairs ecosystem function, ecosystems cannot adequately provide many services, such as filtering drinking water and buffering coastal communities during severe weather. Recreational opportunities are also impaired, and local economies can be severely impacted.
Learn more about how NOAA uses environmental economics to determine injuries to the marine environment.