Site-based monitoring data provide standardized, quantitative measures to determine how conditions are changing in the short and long term. Three major components are focused on (1) abiotic indicators of water quality and weather, (2) biological monitoring, and (3) watershed, habitat, and land use mapping. Shapefiles of each reserve’s management boundary and watersheds of interest are provided.
Abiotic parameters collected include nutrients, temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed/direction, and precipitation. Biological monitoring includes measures of biodiversity, habitat, and population characteristics. Watershed and land use classifications provide information on types of land use by humans and changes in land cover associated with each reserve.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 30 sites protected for long-term research, ecosystem monitoring, education, and coastal stewardship. Visit the research reserves homepage to learn more.