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Northeast US Shelf - NES


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NSF Award(s) OCE-1655686 (View all sites)

The Northeast US Shelf (NES) ecosystem spans the Middle Atlantic Bight and Gulf of Maine, is a large portion of the NW Atlantic Shelves Province, and is in a coastal biome. The waters over the NES provide an array of ecosystem services including fishing, energy development, shipping, waste disposal, recreation, and conservation. The NES ecosystem, like other productive temperate shelf ecosystems, is characterized by strong seasonality along with high levels of variability in physical forcing at timescales from days to decades, including climate impacts.
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Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Heidi Sosik
Primary Contact: Stace Beaulieu
Information Mgr:
Education Contact: Annette Brickley
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Social Science Representative:
Climate Science Representative:
Communication Representative:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone: 508-289-3292
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Site History
The NES-LTER is a new site with the project formally starting in September 2017. The site will build on existing regional observations and on-going time series from the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO), the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Pioneer Array, and NOAA-supported Ecosystem Monitoring (EcoMon) surveys.
Research Topics
The overarching goal of the NES-LTER is to understand and predict how planktonic food webs change through space and time in response to changes in the physical environment, and how those changes impact ecosystem productivity, particularly of higher trophic levels. Observations and models will focus on processes and mechanisms that structure pelagic food webs, trophic transformations, and productivity, as well as the key interactions and feedbacks that modulate relationships among them.
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Site Location
Lat: +40.750 | Long. -70.650

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