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November 2022 Calendar

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New or Updated Publications

11/22/2022 –
Lugar, K. 2022. Grazers vs Grazers: Large Mammal Herbivores Influence Salt Marsh Invertebrate Communities. M.S. Thesis. University of Houston, Houston.
11/22/2022 –
Pennings, S.C. and He, Q. 2021. Community ecology of salt marshes. Pages 82-112 in: Fitzgerald, D. and Hughes, Z. (editors). Salt marshes. Cambridge University Press.
11/22/2022 –
Nie, M., Liu, W., Pennings, S.C. and Li, B. (in press). Lessons from the invasion of Spartina alterniflora in coastal China. Ecology. (DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3874)

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Latest Data Releases

09/02/2022 – Data Release

Provisional well logger data from the high-marsh project and Marsh Landing have been updated through August 2022.  Data can be viewed on the GCE private site. 

High-Marsh wells: https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/app/high_marsh.asp

Marsh Landing wells: https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/app/marsh_landing.asp

06/17/2022 – Data Release

The data set 'Monthly Vegetation and Invertebrate Population Monitoring near the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Flux Tower' has been updated to include data through December 2021.

The data are available in GCE data catalog:  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/app/dataset_details.asp?accession=PLT-GCEM-1610

03/11/2021 – Data Release

Historic Palmer Drought Severity Index data sets and plots for Georgia Division 9 have been updated in the GCE Data Portal to cover the period of January 1895 to February 2021. These indices are useful for characterizing the timing and severity of drought events in the long-term climate record. The data were downloaded from NOAA and converted into tabular data sets with decoded state and date columns to simplify filtering, plotting and analysis. More information about these indices and data sets is available here.

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Latest File Uploads

11/14/2022 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Maintenance log for the GCE Flux Tower (details)

11/03/2022 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the October 2022 GCE monitoring cruise (11 October, 2022) (details)

11/03/2022 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the September 2022 GCE monitoring cruise (13 September, 2022) (details)

10/05/2022 – Document
GCE plant monitoring protocol revised Sept 2022 (details)

10/04/2022 – Other (GCE only)
Derived data products from the GCE Eddy Covariance Flux Tower monitoring program (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

11/19/2022 – Education News

Looking for a Christmas gift? The adventures of Jacob is moving, educational, fun, heartwarming, and reminds you of life on the Georgia Coast. Available in the UGAMI office or by emailing Steve. Available in English and Spanish.

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11/16/2022 – Publication News

Riparian, Allavial and Tidal Wetlands Filter Nutrients: River_-_2022_-_Craft_-_From_the_headwaters_to_the_sea__The_role_of_riparian__alluvial__and_tidal_wetlands_to.pdf (1569kb)

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11/11/2022 – Sapelo News

Fred Hay, DNR Sapelo Island Manager, reports that Sapelo Island experienced some moderate flooding on Thursday, with extensive damage to the beach pavillion and dunes. His report is below.

(keep reading)

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11/10/2022 – Coastal News

The effects of Tropical Storm Nicole's approach were already noticeable at Sapelo Island on Wednesday Nov 9, with winds at Marsh Landing increasing to over 10 m/s (25 mph) and elevated tides predicted for Thursday. Consequently DNR ceased ferry runs Wednesday at noon until the storm passes.

(keep reading)

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11/02/2022 – Personnel News

In September, Laura joined the GCE as a research professional to lead the field crew. Laura has diverse professional experience in coastal habitat restoration and climate change resilience, with a focus on coastal waterbirds and saltmarsh habitat. She has spent much of her career working in San Francisco Bay on coastal restoration research projects, including living shorelines, restoration of waterbird habitat, and saltmarsh vulnerability and adaptation to sea level rise. She was also previously a research technician at UGA for the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, where she researched avian influenza dynamics in waterfowl and shorebirds in Delaware Bay and on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. She conducted her masters research on saltmarsh plant response to a sea-level rise adaptation strategy at San Francisco State University in Tiburon, California, and recently completed a SeaGrant fellowship with the California State Coastal Conservancy. As a Savannah, Georgia native and UGA alumna, she is excited to join the LTER and conduct research on the Georgia coast. 

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10/20/2022 – Field Program News

The plants are tall and vigorous on the Georgia coast this year, following a relatively wet summer and fall. We had to add taller poles (20 foot) to mark the plots at some of the sites dominated by Zizaniopsis and Spartina cynosuroides because we couldn't easily find the plots marked with ten foot poles. In this photograph, Steve is sampling plots in which the vegetation is about 300 cm tall. The pvc poles are 20 feet long, pushed five or six feet into the mud, so with about 14 or 15 feet exposed.

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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.