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October 2016 Calendar

Archery Hunt
dates: 10/23/2016 to 11/01/2016
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Fall Monitoring
dates: 10/24/2016 to 10/28/2016
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Latest Publications/Presentations

10/27/2016 –
Vu, H. 2016. Biophysical Feedbacks Mediate Tidal Creek Formation in Salt Marshes. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Houston, Houston, Texas. 93 pages.
10/18/2016 –
Babcock-Adams, L. 2016. Elucidating natural and anthropogenic marine processes using molecular biomarkers. M.S. Thesis. University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 111 pages.
10/14/2016 –
Thompson, V.D. and Moore, C.R. 2015. The sociality of surplus among Late Archaic hunter-gatherers of coastal Georgia. Pages 304 in: Morehart, C.T. and De Lucia, K. (editors). Surplus: The Politics of Production and the Strategies of Everyday Life. University Press of Colorado.

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Latest Data Releases

10/06/2016 – Data Release

Long-term integrated salinity, temperature and pressure data sets from GCE MicroCAT sonde moorings near sites GCE1, GCE2, GCE3, GCE6, GCE7, GCE8, GCE9, GCE10 and GCE11 are now available in the GCE Data Catalog. Data set PHY-GCES-1610 contains original 30 minute interval observational data covering the full period of record at each mooring through December 2015, representing nearly 2 million salinity and temperature observations across the GCE domain. Separate data downloads are provided for each site in compatible formats. Data set PHY-GCES-1610b contains daily-summarized data sets based on 30 minute data with invalid values removed and basic gap-filling. A comparable monthly data set that includes more comprehensive gap-filling is also under development. These data sets will be updated annually to include data from the prior year.

09/23/2016 – Data Release

Finalized salinity, temperature and pressure data from GCE MicroCAT sonde moorings near sites GCE1, GCE2, GCE3, GCE6, GCE7, GCE8, GCE9, GCE10 and the new GCE11 freshwater tidal forest site in the Altamaha River are now available in the GCE Data Catalog and GCE Data Portal. In addition to the original 30-minute-interval data, daily-summarized data files are also available as additional downloads for all sonde data sets. More information about GCE moorings is available at http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/research/mon/sounds_creeks.htm.

09/20/2016 – Data Release

A long-term plant monitoring data set (PLT-GCES-1609) has been added to the data catalog, combining the annual plant biomass monitoring data sets from 2000 to 2015. This synthetic data set includes both the original stem count, shoot height and biomass observations by site, species, marsh zone and plot as well as two summary data tables. This data set will be updated annually as new monitoring data are processed, along with additional long-term integrated data sets from the GCE marsh and hydrographic monitoring programs.

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Latest File Uploads

10/14/2016 – Document
SALTEx - Bentho Torch Sampling Protocol (details)

10/14/2016 – Document
SALTEx - Soil Surface Temperature Measurement Protocol (details)

10/14/2016 – Document
SALTEx - BBE BenthoTorch Operational Protocol (details)

10/06/2016 – Document
Flux Tower Monthly Vegetation Monitoring Protocol (details)

10/03/2016 – Reprint
Bunn et al 2000 Landscape connectivity graph theory (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

10/15/2016 – IM News

This week we registered a new study site in the GCE Information System to describe the geographic scope of research conducted at or near the eddy covariance flux tower: GCE_Flux. The new site includes the Spartina marsh around the tower bounded by the Duplin River on the west and Barn Creek on the south and east, and is included on the GCE Sampling Sites map page. Please use this new site designation when submitting flux tower-related data or survey data that include flux tower marsh samples unless explicit geographic coordinate data columns are included (i.e. latitude and longitude or UTM easting and northing).

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(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
10/08/2016 – Coastal News

The Southeast Georgia Coast experienced its first major hurricane strike in over a hundred years with Matthew this week. UGAMI personnel and other Sapelo residents were evacuated to safer ground so the extent of damage is not completely known at this time, but the weather stations at Marsh Landing and Hudson Creek continued to operate throughout the storm providing some information.

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10/06/2016 – GCE IT News

The UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island will be closed Oct 6-7 in preparation for Hurrican Matthew, and campus network equipment and other IT resources were taken offline proactively to prevent electrical damage. Consequently Creekcam images will not be collected until further notice. However, the Marsh Landing data hub and other monitoring equipment will remain online to collect as much data as possible during this extreme weather event.

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
09/26/2016 – Meeting

This year’s GCE Annual Meeting will be held at the UGA Botanical Gardens in Athens on January 4-5 (starting Wednesday morning and ending mid-afternoon on Thursday).

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09/15/2016 – Outreach News

This week we installed an outdoor wireless webcam on the seawater system pump bridge near the UGA Marine Institute, and registered the camera at Weather Underground to provide public access. Images are uploaded every 5 minutes to provide near-real-time views of the tidal creek and marsh to accompany the current weather report. The UGAMI WUG webcam page is available here, and links will be added to the new UGAMI website that is currently under development. The latest image is also displayed on the Current Conditions page of the GCE website, and images are archived by year and month every 15 minutes for future reference here.

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09/13/2016 – IM News

As science has moved into the digital realm the need for unique identifiers for referencing research products, such as publications and data sets, has become critical. This requirement led to broad adoption of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system, an ISO standard for persistently identifying digital assets. DOIs are now standard fare in research practice and have been fully integrated into the LTER Network and GCE Information Systems for several years. Now the need for unique identifiers for research personnel has emerged as the next big challenge, so that research products and workflows can be properly attributed to the people who created them.

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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.