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August 2015 Calendar

GCE Mini Cruise
dates: 08/17/2015 to 08/20/2015
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LTER All Scientists Meeting
dates: 08/30/2015 to 09/03/2015
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Latest Data Releases

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/

06/04/2015 – 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 were also added to the GCE Data Catalog as additional downloads for all new and existing sonde data sets. More information about GCE moorings is available at http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/research/mon/sounds_creeks.htm.

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Latest File Uploads

07/24/2015 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the July 2015 GCE monitoring cruise (15 July 2015) (details)

07/21/2015 – Document (GCE only)
NSF cover letter for panel summary from June 2015 NSF site review of the GCE-LTER program on Sapelo Island (details)

07/21/2015 – Document (GCE only)
Panel summary from June 2015 NSF site review of the GCE-LTER program on Sapelo Island (details)

07/09/2015 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the June 2015 GCE monitoring cruise (17 June 2015) (details)

07/09/2015 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the May 2015 GCE monitoring cruise (19-21 May 2015) (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

07/20/2015 – Research News

GCE intern Narissa Turner spent the summer working with Fan Li and Steve Pennings on the SALTEX project. She helped Fan with sampling vegetation, and she collected and sorted insect samples from the SALTEX plots. In addition, she found that grasshoppers preferred to eat Zizaniopsis leaves from the plots treated with saline water versus control plots, perhaps because stressed plants had higher levels of nitrogen or lower levels of defenses.

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(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
07/19/2015 – Outreach News

Professor Xiuzhen Li of the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC), East China Normal University in Shanghai China, visited the GCE LTER and UGAMI. During her week-long visit, she worked with teachers from the GCE Schoolyard to measure SET’s at SALTex and assisted graduate students from the University of Houston with experiments on the island. She also met with the Director of UGAMI and GCE staff during her stay. 

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(contact Chris Craft for additional information)
07/13/2015 – Award

GCE scientist Christopher Craft was recognized as a Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists at the annual SWS meeting in 2015. The Fellow Award is the highest recognition bestowed by SWS.

Christopher Craft

(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
07/13/2015 – Education News

The summer GCE brown bag seminar at UGAMI is well underway under the direction of graduate student Wei-Ting Lin from UH. We've had presentations about marsh plants, remote sensing, sea turtle monitoring, coastal archaeology and much more. If you are not in residence at UGAMI but will be visiting over a Wednesday night, please contact Wei-Ting to offer to give a seminar so that the group can be exposed to as broad a range of GCE research as possible. We prefer presentations from graduate students and undergrads, but faculty are encouraged to attend (and even allowed to present on occasion).

(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
06/19/2015 – Website Addition

A new search form is now available on the GCE Home Page that allows web visitors to limit searches to only publications, data sets, documents, imagery or locations if they are looking for something specific. These specialized searches are routed to the relevant GCE database (e.g. Bibliography, Data Catalog, etc.), and search results can then be revised or fine-tuned using the associated options. A general website search option is also available that routes searches to a Google Custom Search Engine configured for GCE-LTER.

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
06/12/2015 – IM News

One of the major goals for standardizing on Ecological Metadata Language (EML) to document LTER data sets was to facilitiate computer-mediated data analysis. Towards this goal, John Porter (VCR) and Wade Sheldon (GCE) collaborated in 2012 to develop tools that automatically transform EML metadata documents into runnable script code for loading the described data tables into R, SAS, SPSS or MATLAB for analysis. The scripts are annotated with descriptions of the data set and include all the commands required to download the files from the Internet and load the data values into the respective software (e.g. as R data frames or MATLAB arrays), dramatically simplifying the process for users. The scripts can also be saved, providing investigators with a means to download the same version of the data files in the future for re-analysis and for documenting their analytical workflow, two key elements of analytical reproducibility.

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(contact Wade Sheldon 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.