Access at seashore locations
The stairs at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham are closed due to storm damage. Herring Cove North Lot in Provincetown sustained damage resulting in closure of multiple parking spaces. The Nauset Marsh Trail bridge was destroyed in a 2012 storm. More »
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?
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.