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

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Plum Island, MA in conjunction with North Inlet, SC make up the Coastal Wetland Component of ACE INC.

Investigators:

Chuck Hopkinson, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological                                        Laboratory


Objective:

Develop a suite of indicators of the condition of coastal wetlands that are based on physical and biological criteria. Emphasis is on higher plant-based pigment indicators. Link these indicators to remote sensing capabilities.

Site Overview:

Site Characteristic
Plum Island
Biogeographic Province
Acadian
Primary producer base
Tidal marsh, planktonic and benthic algal subsystems
Geomorphic type
Bar-built lagoon
Water source
River
Salinity range
0-32
N load
3.4 gN m2 yr-1
Circulation type
Partially to well-mixed
Residence time
0.5 - 40 days
Tidal range
>3 m
Level of Impact
Low
Trophic State
Mesotrophic
Trophic trend
Steady - upward pressure
Monitoring programs
LMER - LTER
Institutional Partners:


UNC -
Chapel Hill