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Wetland Ecology and Assessment Program
Entry ID: gomc_175


Summary
Abstract: Coastal salt marsh wetlands are unique, valuable, and highly
productive ecosystems that provide vital habitat and refuge for fish,
shellfish, and wildlife and perform important physical and chemical functions
such as shoreline stabilization, sediment trapping, organic productions and
export, flood attenuation, and water quality maintenance. The legacy of urban
development and human activities in coastal areas has resulted in the direct
loss and alteration of a significant portion of this Nation's salt marsh
wetlands. While the direct destruction of salt marshes has been dramatically
curtailed with regulatory protection, adverse effects from indirect sources
such as nonpoint source pollution (including on-site waste disposal and
stormwater runoff), oil and other toxic spills, and subsurface water withdrawal
continue to degrade these unique systems.


Purpose: 1. To develop and evaluate techniques for assessing the ecological integrity of
coastal wetlands in order to:

Inventory wetland sites in specific areas.
Report on wetland condition.
Identify degraded wetland sites.
Evaluate restoration potential.
Monitor restoration response.

2. To transfer techniques to interested parties, with an emphasis on training
and assisting volunteers.

3. To convey the assessment methods and results to coastal wetland
decision-makers.

Sponsor: Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Program

Additional Information OR Comments: Assessment reports for the Wetland
Assessment Projects are available on the website.

Related URL
Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: Additional information about this monitoring program and data are available
from this web site.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 43.07 S: 41.06  E: -69.75  W: -73.68

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1995-01-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MASSACHUSETTS
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MAINE


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >NITROGEN    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >NUTRIENTS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >PHOSPHORUS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >VEGETATION SPECIES    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >BENTHIC INDEX    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >NITROGEN COMPOUNDS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >PH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >WATER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >SEDIMENT COMPOSITION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >SEDIMENTATION    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SEDIMENTATION    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >SEDIMENT COMPOSITION    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >AMMONIA    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >NITRATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >NITRITE    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >NUTRIENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >PH    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >PHOSPHATE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SALINITY/DENSITY >CONDUCTIVITY    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >SEDIMENT CHEMISTRY    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >ARTHROPODS >CRUSTACEANS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >MOLLUSKS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >SEGMENTED WORMS (ANNELIDS)    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >BACTERIA/ARCHAEA    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >ALGAE    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >ANGIOSPERMS (FLOWERING PLANTS)    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >MACROALGAE (SEAWEEDS)    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >BENTHIC HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT >COASTAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >ESTUARINE WETLANDS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARINE    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >ESTUARINE WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARINE
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS >INDIGENOUS/NATIVE SPECIES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >INVASIVE SPECIES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY STRUCTURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ENVIRONMENT
HEALTH
OCEANS


Project
GOMMP >Gulf of Maine Monitoring Programs    [Information]


Quality
Utilize US Environmental Protection Agency-approved format,


Access Constraints
none noted


Use Constraints
None noted


Keywords
indicator species
macroinvertebrate
hydrology
polychaete
shrimp
total suspended solids
fecal coliform


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.mass.gov/czm/

Data Center Personnel
Name: BRUCE K. CARLISLE
Phone: (617) 626-1200
Email: bruce.carlisle at state.ma.us
Contact Address:
251 Causeway Street
Suite 900
City: Boston
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02114
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online Internet (HTTP)
Distribution_Format: PDF


Personnel
BRUCE K. CARLISLE
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (617) 626-1200
Email: bruce.carlisle at state.ma.us
Contact Address:
251 Causeway Street
Suite 900
City: Boston
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02114
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27



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