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CCEM - Protocols and Operational Information

Nekton sampling
A CACO technician throws a one meter square throw-trap to sample nekton in a park estuary. 
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The Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring (CCEM) program maintains a variety of responsibilities including:
  • developing an ecosystem monitoring program that is scientifically sound and relevant to management of park resources;
  • testing inventory and monitoring methods;
  • developing and implementing long-term monitoring protocols;
  • conducting studies to help refine monitoring questions and to interpret monitoring results;
  • and sharing our experience and technical expertise with other parks and monitoring networks along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts
The following documents provide information on how we approach these objectives. Click on a highlighted report-type to view a table of available documents.

Long-Term Monitoring Protocols
Monitoring Program Development
Operational Information
Annual Administrative Reports and Work Plans
 

Long Term Monitoring Protocols
The table below summarizes the status of protocol development and provides links to completed protocols and related documents, where available. The CCEM program has instituted an ecosystem approach to monitoring and hence, you will find the protocols grouped by major-ecosystem type. You may also want to look at the Protocol Database assembled by the National Inventory and Monitoring Program - this data base provides links to protocols developed for other parks and monitoring networks. See below the table for an explanation of terms found in the Priority column.

Estuaries and Salt Marshes
Protocol Type Author Status Related Publications Priority
Estuarine Nutrient Enrichment Kopp, B.S. and Neckles, H.A. 2007. Protocol NA Essential
Salt Marsh Sedimentation Rate Response to Sea-Level Rise Cahoon, D.R., et al. 2006 Protocol NA Full
Salt Marsh Vegetation James-Pirri, M. and Roman, C.T. 2004. Revision of Roman, C.T., et al. 2001. Protocol NA Essential
Estuarine Benthic Macrofauna NA Pending NA Full
Estuarine Nekton Raposa, K.B. and Roman C.T. 2001. Protocol NA Full
Migrating Waterbirds Erwin, R.W., et al. 2003. Protocol NA Expanded
Beaches, Spits, and Barrier Islands
Protocol Type Author Status Related Publications Priority
Geomorphic Shoreline Change Psuty, N.P., et al. In Development Draft Protocol Essential
Beach Macroinvertebrates NA In Development Draft Report Expanded
Colonial Waterbirds Erwin, R.W., et al. 2003. Protocol NA Full
Piping Plovers Erwin, R.W., et al. 2003. Protocol NA Full
Ponds and Freshwater Wetlands
Protocol Type Author Status Related Publications Priority
Kettle Pond Water Quality Portnoy, J., et. al. 2003. Protocol NA Essential
Pond Vegetation NA In Development NA Full
Vernal Wetland Vegetation NA In Development NA Full
Freshwater Aquatic Invertebrates NA Pending NA Expanded
Freshwater Fish NA In Development NA Full
Aquatic Turtles NA In Development NA Expanded
Pond-Breeding Amphibians Paton, P.W.C., et al. 2003. Protocol NA Full
Marshbirds Erwin, R.M., et al. 2003. Protocol NA Expanded
Coastal Uplands
Protocol Type Author Status Related Publications Priority
Dune Grassland Vegetation NA In Development NA Full
Coastal Heathlands NA Pending NA Full
Coastal Forests NA In Development Draft Protocol Full
Landbirds - Avian Point Counts NA In Development NA Full
Landbirds - Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship NA In Development NA Expanded
Small Mammals NA Pending Inventory Report & Protocol Assessment Expanded
Meso-Mammals NA In Development NA Full
Park-Wide/Multi-System
Protocol Type Author Status Related Publications Priority
Meteorological and Atmospheric Monitoring Multiple Authors. 2001. Protocol NA Essential
Hydrology McCobb, T.D. and Weiskel, P.K. 2002. Protocol NA Essential
Ground-Water Quality

Colman, J.A Masterson, J.P.

Protocol NA Full
Cover Type Mapping NA In Development NA Essential
Visitor Use and Resource Impact NA In Development NA Full
Contaminants NA In Development NA Expanded

Essential - Fundamental components of a basic long-term monitoring program that will enhance CACO's ability to respond to long-term management issues.
Full - Key components of a long-term ecosystem monitoring program that will address high priority management issues at CACO, and meet Prototype responsibilities to the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network and the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Biogeographic Region.
Expanded - Components that will complement the projects listed above to provide a more complete understanding of ecosystem change.

 
A CACO fire crew monitors a prescribed burn
A CACO fire crew monitors a prescribed burn coordinated with park scientists to better understand the effects of fire on Phragmites australis, an invasive plant, in a restored salt marsh.
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Monitoring Strategy Reports - top of page
The following reports provide a conceptual basis for the CCEM program. A closer examination of the three documents will reveal how monitoring development and implementation has evolved given limited time and resources.

1999 Conceptual Framework
2002 Update to the Conceptual Framework
2003 Project Prioritization Report

 
Operational Information - top of page
The CCEM program has ever changing responsibilities at a variety of levels. The following reports describe the ways in which we approach certain objectives.

Programmatic SOP's
Safety SOP
Reporting SOP

 
 

Did You Know?

Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, Provincetown, MA

The Old Harbor Life-Saving Station in Provincetown, MA is one of the few surviving, unaltered life-saving stations left in the country. The station was built in 1898 and is open in the summer months with a display of rescue equipment, and NPS staff re-enact the historic Breeches Buoy rescue drill.