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

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The Neuse/ Pamlico, NC site makes up the Phytoplankton and Seagrass Indicators components of ACE INC.

Investigators:

Hans W. Paerl (principal), Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Richard A. Luettich Jr, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rachel Noble, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

James L. Pinckney, Dept. of Oceanography, Texas A&M Univ.
Mark Fonseca, NOAA/NOS Beaufort Laboratory, Beaufort, NC
Judson Kenworthy, NOAA/NOS Beaufort Laboratory, Beaufort, NC
Donald Field, NOAA/NOS Beaufort Laboratory, Beaufort, NC

Objective:

Develop broadly-applicable, phytoplankton-based indicators of estuarine and coastal ecological condition. Link these to nutrient and physical-chemical forcing features and remote sensing analyses of water column optical properties.

Site Overview:

Site Characteristic
Neuse/ Pamlico
Biogeographic Province
Virginian/ Carolinean
Primary producer base
Plankton dominates marsh and seagrass subsystems
Geomorphic type
Bar-built lagoon
Water source
River and groundwater
Salinity range
0-25
N load
6 to >15 gN m2 yr-1
Circulation type
Partially to well-mixed
Residence time
days - 1 yr
Tidal range
<0.1 m
Level of Impact
Moderate
Trophic State
Eutrophic
Trophic trend
Rising
Monitoring programs
CISNet, ModMon, FerryMon
Institutional Partners:


UNC -
Chapel Hill