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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program - Monitoring

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program

Environmental Monitoring within the APNEP Region

The periodic collection of environmental monitoring data is essential for a variety of activities, including model confirmation by researchers, state of environment reporting by assessors, adaptive management by natural resource managers and environmental oversight by stakeholders.  Collecting spatially explicit data is essential for assessing both large-scale indicator trends and changes at finer scales.  Because patterns of interaction and the strength of these interactions vary in time and space, collecting data in both dimensions will increase understanding about potential viability in these interactions and advance the ability of models to represent future scenarios. (ii)

To facilitate the development of an integrated monitoring network within the Albemarle-Pamlico region, APNEP staff, in consulting with the Partnership's six resource monitoring & assessment teams and "Monitoring Networks" implementation workgroup, is developing in 2013 an integrated monitoring strategy to guide future environmental monitoring in the region.

Monitoring guidance and tools include a two-volume NOAA guidance document for science-based restoration monitoring of coastal habitats (iii, iv).

Browse the inks at left for information on APNEP’s Citizen Monitoring Network, a Directory of Monitoring Information Sources within the APNEP region, and protocols and guidelines for laboratories producing environmental data from the region.

APNEP Science & Technology Web References

The following is a compilation of citations referenced on the APNEP Science & Technology web pages. The citations are sorted in alphabetical order by author(s) and publication year.

(i) Coastal Research and Monitoring Strategy Workgroup (CRMSW).  2000.  Clean Water Action Plan: Coastal Research and Monitoring Strategy.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oceans and Coastal Protection Division, Washington, DC.

(ii) National Research Council (NRC). 2006.  Dynamic Changes in Marine Ecosystems: Fishing, Food Webs, and Future Options.  Committee on Ecosystem Effects of Fishing: Phase II – Assessments of the Extent of Change and the Implications for Policy, National Research Council. 

(iii) Thayer, Gordon W., Teresa A. McTigue, Russell J. Bellmer, Felicity M. Burrows, David H. Merkey, Amy D. Nickens, Stephen J. Lozano, Perry F. Gayaldo, Pamela J. Polmateer, and P. Thomas Pinit. 2003. Science-Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal Habitats, Volume One: A Framework for Monitoring Plans Under the Estuaries and Clean Waters Act of 2000 (Public Law 160-457). NOAA Coastal Ocean Program Decision Analysis Series No. 23, Volume 1. NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD. 35 pp. plus appendices.

(iv) Thayer, Gordon W., Teresa A. McTigue, Ronald J. Salz, David H. Merkey, Felicity M. Burrows, and Perry F. Gayaldo, (eds.). 2005. Science-Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal Habitats, Volume Two: Tools for Monitoring Coastal Habitats. NOAA Coastal Ocean Program Decision Analysis Series No. 23.  NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD. 628 pp. plus appendices.

Environmental Monitoring Directory

This page leads to compilations of past and current long-term (> 12 months) environmental monitoring networks within the Albemarle-Pamlico region.  Monitoring activities restricted to one of the six major APNEP basins are compiled separately. Each complete description should include the program name, sponsoring agencies, target sample population, targeted parameters, geographic coverage, monitoring frequency and duration.  Information specific to the A-P region is italicized. Parameters of note are in bold.  Within each category monitoring activities are listed in order of the lead agency’s organizational jurisdiction: international, federal, state, sub-state.

Reviewers who know of other monitoring efforts within the region are encouraged to notify APNEP’s Science Coordinator so such activities may be added to these compilations.  A list of acronyms of organizations involved in monitoring:

ECU = East Carolina University
DCM = North Carolina Division of Coastal Management
DMF = North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
DWQ = North Carolina Division of Water Quality
NASA = National Aeronautic and Space Administration
NCSU = North Carolina State University
NOAA = National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration
UNC = University of North Carolina
USDA = United States Department of Agriculture
USEPA = United States Environmental Protection Agency
USFWS = United States Fish & Wildlife Service
USGS = United States Geological Survey
WRC = North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Find Environmental Montioring Programs by River Basin:

White Oak | Neuse | Tar-PamlicoRoanoke | Chowan | Pasquotank | Multiple Basins


 

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