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January 2017 Calendar

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Latest Publications/Presentations

01/17/2017 –
Sharp, S. and Angelini, C. 2016. Whether disturbances alter salt marsh soil structure dramaticallyaffects Spartina alterniflora recolonization rate. Ecosphere. 7(11):16. (DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1540)
12/19/2016 –
Hübner, L., Pennings, S.C. and Zimmer, M. 2015. Sex- and habitat-specific movement of an omnivorous semi-terrestrial crab controls habitat connectivity and subsidies: a multi-parameter approach. Oecologia. 178:999-1015. (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3271-0)

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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

01/04/2017 – Spreadsheet
GCE data submission form for tabular and non-tabular data files (details)

12/20/2016 – Document
Agenda for the 2017 GCE-LTER Annual Meeting (January 4-5, 2017) (details)

12/07/2016 – Document (GCE only)
GCE-IV state change presentation (details)

12/07/2016 – Document (GCE only)
Initial GCE-IV discussion document (details)

12/06/2016 – Document (GCE only)
Scheffer et al. 2009 (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

01/20/2017 – Announcement

The main lab remodeling project is proceeding well.  Contractors are currently installing the walls, plumbing, and electrical boxes.  They have also been reinforcing the roof of the electrical shop in preparation for the placement of the new HVAC units.  The renovation will create four general laboratories and a large teaching lab.  One of the general laboratories will become the new GCE LTER field lab.  The field crew is certainly looking forward to the additional space!

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(contact Jacob Shalack for additional information)
01/09/2017 – Meeting

The GCE LTER held its annual meeting January 4 and 5 in Athens GA. We heard a lot of updates about ongoing activities, and many of the subgroups in the project had useful breakout meetings. We will be writing the new grant proposal over the coming year, so stay tuned for important project emails and meetings. 

(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
01/03/2017 – IM News

Long-term climate data sets from the Malcolm McKinnon Airport near Brunswick, Georgia, are now included in the GCE Data Portal, covering the period August 1948-present. A recent analysis of longer-term climate data from the primary Brunswick weather station from 1895-present by Joan Sheldon indicated problems using those data for regional climate analyses so McKinnon was identified as a suitable alternate station.

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(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
12/20/2016 – Meeting

The GCE-LTER Annual Meeting will be held January 4-5, 2017, at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens, Georgia (http://botgarden.uga.edu). As in prior years a poster session will be held in Marine Sciences at 6:00PM on Wednesday January 4. The focus of this year's meeting will be planning for the GCE-IV renewal proposal and related votes on project leadership. Important links are below.

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(contact Merryl Alber for additional information)
12/08/2016 – Website Addition

In an effort to assist SINERR in identifying research conducted within the reserve, we have added a new field to the Add Bibliographic Citation web form used to update the GCE bibliography. When adding or updating your citations, please check the "Research Conducted in SINERR" box (fig.1) if your research included field sites or samples collected from within the SINERR boundaries (fig.2).

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(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
12/01/2016 – Research News

The LTER network features a rotation of stories about all the LTER sites. Right now they are featuring a story about the GCE that is focused on the recent fall monitoring and some of what we've learned about controls on Spartina productivity.  https://lternet.edu/fall-monitoring-GCE 

(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.