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    Cape Cod

    National Seashore Massachusetts

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Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring

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As part of the National Park Service's effort to "improve park management through greater reliance on scientific knowledge," the Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring (CCEM) program was established to develop and implement a long-term monitoring program that will serve to aid park managers in making sound stewardship decisions. The CCEM program utilizes a long-term approach to data collection and analysis to deepen the understanding of the ecosystems within the park. Towards this end, the CCEM program has adopted an ecosystem-based, issue-oriented approach for monitoring ecosystem integrity, and worked in close partnership with USGS-Biological Resources Division to develop a scientifically sound monitoring program. It is also one of the goals of the program to design and implement resource-specific monitoring protocols not only for Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO) but for other National Park Service lands sharing similar resources and ecological communities. Protocols are designed to be park-specific but adaptable to other parks along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. You can learn more about this unique relationship by visiting the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network website.
 
CCEM Brochure 2013

Click here to view the CCEM Brochure

The CCEM program aims to share all of its information not just with other parks but with other agencies, researchers and the public. It is a priority of the program to collect, organize and disseminate its findings to all interested parties. Please view our operational information as well as our report and publication list provided at the top of the page.

For questions or additional information pertaining to the Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring program please contact:

Megan Tyrrell, Ph.D.
CACO Research & Monitoring Coordinator
508-487-3262 x 0510
508-487-7153 fax

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Did You Know?

Wellfleet kettle ponds

Although the kettle ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore are within 2.5 km of the ocean and have been subjected to thousands of years of salt spray, they remain low in dissolved salts. Ponds are flushed out by inflowing and outflowing groundwater, which prevents salts from accumulating.