Long Island Sound Sentinel Monitoring for Climate Change Program
Long-term Next Steps
Since the LISS requests findings from a pilot study within two years, we define long-term steps as those that begin a year from the release of this strategy and continue for at least five years henceforth. These steps include implementing and overseeing the pilot program, analysis of collected data for climate change trends and making recommendations to the LISS Management Committee about adaptation strategies. State and federal agencies which would oversee implementation of management actions are represented on the LISS Management Committee, so recommendations would be taken back to the state leads.
Given this strategy is intended to be a dynamic document, the bi-state work group recommends that it is reviewed in five years. In the long-term, the SMCCP will also seek funding for a full fledged sentinel monitoring program. At a minimum, additional funding must be acquired in order to continue the pilot monitoring. Funding for long-term monitoring will need to come from outside sources, as LISS has committed only to funding a short-term pilot study.