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June 2016 Calendar

GCE Exec Meeting
date: 06/30/2016
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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

06/21/2016 – Photograph
Spartina cynosuroides photograph (details)

06/21/2016 – Photograph
Spartina alterniflora photograph (details)

06/21/2016 – Photograph
Spartina alterniflora photograph (details)

06/21/2016 – Photograph
Spartina bakeri photograph (details)

06/21/2016 – Photograph
Spartina patens photograph (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

06/24/2016 – Announcement

Summer on Sapelo means an influx of GCE researchers. The UGAMI staff hosted a cookout lunch last week that included Steve Pennings and John Schalles (both of whom use the Institute as their base for the summer); the GCE field crew (Jacob Shalack, Dontrece Smith, Tim Montgomery, and Nicole DeSha); several graduate students (John O'Donnell, Sinead Crotty, Shanze Li); and undergraduate interns (Lucas Montuchet, who is working with the field crew; and Jana Pearce and Chris Pachulski, who are working with John Schalles). Merryl was on hand to welcome everyone to the start of another busy season. We definitely have enough folks for volleyball!

(contact Merryl Alber for additional information)
06/23/2016 – Coastal News

Tropical storm Collin passed through Sapelo earlier this month, bringing with it a short but intense band of high winds, and the GCE-LTER instruments on the flux tower captured the event. Check out the attached figure from the anemometer. In the open marsh wind speeds topped 70mph at the 6m elevation of the eddy flux instrumentation. The weather station at Marsh Landing only recorded a top gust speed of 55mph at 10m during the storm.

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(contact Merryl Alber for additional information)
06/20/2016 – Research News

The GCE species list (you can find it under "Data Products" on the GCE web site), is one of the great resources that our site posesses. You'll find a list of many of the common species found in our study area, plus links to data sets that include these species. Many of the species pages have photographs, which makes the list a nice resource for figuring out what that thing was that you saw out in the marsh.  It is also one of the areas of our web site that is most often viewed by the general public (probably because they do searches for a particular species and end up at our web site).

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(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
06/15/2016 – Announcement

Nicole DeSha joined the GCE field crew last August as a part-time assistant for the saltex project while still attending the College of Coastal Georgia.  She is now working full time with our program for the summer and assisting with a wide variety of GCE projects.  Nicole is a valuable asset to the GCE field crew.  Please say hello to her the next time you are down on the island. 

Attached photograph

(contact Jacob Shalack for additional information)
06/07/2016 – Research News

Last week, Dan Coleman, David Walters and Ellen Herbert from Dr. Matt Kirwan's lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences deployed an array of turbidity sensors and sediment tiles in a Spartina marsh near GCE site 8 on the South Altamaha to study the relationship between suspended sediment concentrations and marsh accretion. GCE technicians Jacob Shalack and Tim Montgomery helped with instrument deployment, soil coring, and gator spotting. The project is part of a larger effort to understand controls on marsh accretion across environmental gradients. Dr. Kirwan's lab has recently deployed sensors in marshes at Plum Island LTER and Goodwin Island (VA) and will next travel to the VCR LTER to install sensors. Results from the study will help inform predictions of marsh resilience to sea level rise. Dan and David will visit the GCE over the next year to perform sensor maintenance and collect sediment samples.

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(contact Ellen Herbert for additional information)
06/02/2016 – Research News

The GCE field crew and a few additional helpers assisted Steve Pennings and Andy Howard from UH in collecting the 2016 marsh mapping photographs. We now have photographed the same area of the marsh exhaustively (around 10,000 photographs per year) over several years. Our goal is to assemble very detailed maps of the area for each year (showing, for example, the locations of each individual Littoraria snail) and to study spatial distributions of the different plants and invertebrates.

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(contact Steve Pennings 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.