Access at seashore locations
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Events & Activities
Photo by Naomi Blinick
Third Annual "Science in the Seashore" Research Symposium
The Atlantic Research & Learning Center (ARLC) hosted the third annual “Science in the Seashore Research Symposium” at the Salt Pond Visitor Center located in Eastham, Massachusetts on Friday, August 23, 2013. The afternoon event feature ten presentations by scientists conducting research at Cape Cod National Seashore. Topics presented covered a wide range of applied natural resources research including climate change, plant and wildlife ecology, geology, and others. Over 80 attendees made this year's symposium a resounding success. Financial support for the symposium was provided by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
ARLC Educational Outreach Activities for Fiscal Year 2013 (in chronological order)
Base map courtesy of United States Geological Survey/Geological Survey of Canada/Woods Hole Field Center
Shallow Water Mapping Techniques Workshop
On September 30 2009, the National Park Service's Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit sponsored a workshop on shallow water mapping techniques and challenges at the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. The workshop was organized and coordinated by the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) (www.gulfofmaine.org/gommi). GOMMI is subcommittee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Environment whose goal is to promote and facilitate seafloor mapping, particularly in the Gulf of Maine.
The objectives of the workshop were to provide: an overview of shallow water mapping techniques, an opportunity to assess the regional resource management, monitoring, research, outreach, and education applications of seafloor mapping, a technical foundation enabling informed interactions with collaborators and to network with technical experts and representatives from multiple agencies to foster seafloor mapping collaborations.
Two major products were produced as a result of the one day workshop. A workshop proceedings which includes overviews of: the need for shallow water mapping, the technologies available to accomplish it, and recommendations for proceeding. The other product was a matrix, which compares advantages/limitations, data types, and range of suitable conditions for the various technologies used in seafloor mapping. A word about the matrix here.
Did You Know?
Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.