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May 2016 Calendar

Quarterly Research Cruise
dates: 05/23/2016 to 05/27/2016
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Flux Tower Meeting
date: 05/25/2016
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Latest Data Releases

12/18/2015 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the August through November 2015 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.

August:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/August/data/

September:   https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/September/data/

October:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/October/data/

November:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/November/data/

07/24/2015 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the July 2015 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.

July:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/July/data/

07/09/2015 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the May and June 2015 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.

May:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/May/data/

June:   https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2015/June/data/

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Latest File Uploads

05/03/2016 – Document
GCE data submission training presentation and sample files (details)

05/03/2016 – Spreadsheet
GCE data submission form for tabular and non-tabular data files (details)

03/30/2016 – Form
Sapelo Island Research Request Form (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

05/23/2016 – Research News

The GCE techs have installed groundwater wells in the upland experiment, which is designed to test the hypothesis that the flow of groundwater from the upland into the high marsh is important for high marsh function and structure. They have collected two sets of data, which show downward flow in the upland, and lateral flow from upland to marsh (no surprises there). The next step is to get precise elevation data for all the wells, at which point we'll be able to see if any of the plots show unusual flow patterns. Once we're satisfied we know what is going on in the plots in their present condition, we'll start the experimental treatments. Probably that will happen in the fall.

(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
05/11/2016 – Announcement

We've had quite a few recent alligator sitings on Sapelo. This past week we found a gator hanging out beneath the GCE-LTER truck (see photos #1 and 2). No worries though -- Jacob and Jason were able to get it safely back into the water (photo #3). Tim Montgomerey also came upon a gator hanging out by our new marsh organ (photo #4).

Please pay attention before you sample, and you might want to also check beneath your vehicle before you drive!

(Attached file: Gators.pdf, 2967kb)

(contact Merryl Alber for additional information)
04/29/2016 – Software Release

We are pleased to announce that version 3.9.5 of the GCE Data Toolbox for MATLAB is now available for download. This is an incremental update that includes a number of minor enhancements and bug fixes added since the 3.9.4 release in November 2015. Information about this generalized data management software is available at https://gce-svn.marsci.uga.edu/trac/GCE_Toolbox.

The general public distribution files are available on the GCE Data Toolbox web site at:

The release can also be checked out from the GCE Subversion (SVN) server at:

GCE-LTER distributions, with specialized GCE workflows and metadata templates, are also available at:

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
03/28/2016 – Seminar

John Wares will present a seminar entitled "Sickle cell sea stars by the seashore" at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on April 8, 2016, at 11:00AM. Broadcast will also be available to UGA Marine Sciences in the  Conference Room (Room 261).

(keep reading)

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
03/18/2016 – Conference News

Dontrece Smith presented a poster describing the GCE-LTER Seawater Addition Long Term Experiment (SALTEx) at the SEERS 2016 Spring Meeting in Bluffton, SC last week. The conference included a plenary session on 'Climate Change and the Future of Southeastern Coastal Habitats: A Naturalist’s Perspective' presented by Christopher Marsh and a special session on Sea Level Rise and Estuaries in the Southeast.

(keep reading)

(contact Dontrece Smith for additional information)
02/28/2016 – Seminar

Chris Craft presented the talk "Environmental gradients, ecosystem services and disturbance: The life and times of coastal wetlands" to the Biology Department at Florida International University, Miami, on Febrary 22. Hosted by PhD student Ben Wilson, Chris presented recent results from the SALTEx experiment. He also visited the saltwater intrusion experiment established by the Florida Coastal Ecosystems LTER in Everglades National Park. All in all, it was a fun trip.  

(contact Chris Craft for additional information)

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.