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Title GCE IV renewal proposal, submitted to NSF in February 2018 (public version)
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Abstract

The Georgia Coastal Ecosystems (GCE) LTER program, which is located along three adjacent sounds on the Atlantic coast, was established in 2000. GCE research focuses on long-term change in estuarine and intertidal wetland ecosystems. In GCE-IV we will focus on disturbance. Our specific goals are to: 1) Track environmental and human drivers that can cause perturbations in our focal ecosystems. We will accomplish this through continuing long-term measurements of climate, water chemistry, oceanic exchange, and human activities on the landscape. 2) Describe temporal and spatial variability in physical, chemical, geological and biological characteristics of the domain and how they respond to external drivers. We will accomplish this through our field monitoring program in combination with remote sensing and modeling. 3) Characterize the ecological responses of intertidal marshes to disturbance. We will accomplish this by ongoing monitoring and experimental work to evaluate system response to major perturbations in three key marsh habitats (changes in inundation and top-down control in Spartinadominated salt marshes; increases in salinity in fresh marshes; changes in runoff in high marshes), by implementing standardized experimental disturbances along salinity and elevation gradients, and by tracking responses to natural disturbances. 4) Evaluate ecosystem properties at the landscape level (habitat distribution, net and gross primary production, C budgets) and assess the cumulative effects of disturbance on these properties. We will also develop relationships between drivers and response variables, which can be used to predict the effects of future changes. We will accomplish this through a combination of data synthesis, remote sensing and modeling.

Contributors Merryl Alber, Adrian Burd, Chris Craft, Daniela Di Iorio, Steve Pennings and Wade Sheldon
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Merryl Alber, Adrian Burd, Chris Craft, Daniela Di Iorio, Steve Pennings and Wade Sheldon. 2019. GCE IV renewal proposal, submitted to NSF in February 2018 (public version). Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER File Archive, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. (http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/app/resource_details.asp?id=863&version=1)

Key Words GCE-IV, GCE4, NSF, proposal, renewal
File Date Feb 08, 2019 (version 1)
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. 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.