ACE INC is part
of the
Estuarine and Great Lakes (EaGLe) Coastal Initiative.

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Environmental Indicators in the
Estuarine Environment
Project Overview
With support from the EPA-STAR Estuarine and Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Program (EaGLe), we are developing and testing broadly-applicable, integrative indicators of ecological condition, integrity, and sustainability across four distinct and representative estuarine systems on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. These include the Nation's two largest estuarine complexes, Chesapeake Bay, MD/VA and Albemarle-Pamlico Sound, NC, a small estuary, the Parker River, situated in the Plum Island NSF Long-Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) site in Massachusetts, and a tide dominated estuary in the southeast Atlantic Bight, the North Inlet, SC. These sites are representative of three primary producer bases (intertidal marsh-Plum Island and North Inlet; plankton dominated-Chesapeake Bay and Pamlico Sound; seagrass dominated-portions of Chesapeake Bay and Pamlico Sound). They also have ongoing, long-term water quality/habitat monitoring programs in place, serving as the data bases for indicator development and testing. These systems contain both pristine and anthropogenically-impacted waters.

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Institutional Partners:


UNC -
Chapel Hill