ARLC Research Media

Marconi Beach
The coastal bluffs at Marconi Beach.

Photo By Scott Buchanan


Research Publications and Media
It is a priority of the Atlantic Research Center to communicate research taking place within the park. On this page you will find a number of publications and a variety of media that describe past and ongoing research, as well as some general information pertaining to park natural resources. For a more in-depth listing of research reports and publications please visit our Cape Cod Ecosystem Monitoring (CCEM) page. Those interested in learning more about research at Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO) should also visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website and review the archive of Investigator's Annual Reports. These reports are mandatory year-end summaries of research projects written by Principal Investigators (PI's) intended to record and communicate objectives and progress of all permitted projects. Below you will find audio, video, illustrations, and publications all created to disseminate information about research taking place within the Park. Please click on the links below to view the files.


Video Media

Dr. Todd Tupper, a wildlife biologist who carried out his dissertation research at Cape Cod National Seashore, discusses the ecology of amphibians in the Park, specifically Fowler's toads. View video! Video courtesy of Mark Adams.

The Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Monitoring System Mobile Climate Research Facility has been engaged in a one-year deployment at Highlands Center (July 2012 - July 2013). The goal was to study aerosols - tiny particles in the air such as dust, soot and sea salt - to improve understanding of how aerosols effect Earth's climate. The video below features excerpts from a NPR interview with Principal Investigator Dr. Larry Berg.


Audio Media

The Cape Codcast
A special audio series exploring science at Cape Cod National Seashore. Click on the episodes below to listen.

Spadefoot Toads at CCNS (8:47) - Take a ride on a rainy night to the Province Lands and discover the elusive spadefoot toad with Wildlife Ecologist Bob Cook and researcher Brad Timm.

Restoration of East Harbor (10:26) - Plant Ecologist Steve Smith takes us on a journey to East Harbor; a former salt marsh undergoing restoration via the reintroduction of salt water from Cape Cod Bay.

Geomorphic Shoreline Change (11:22) - A joint project between the National Park Service and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies examining how the coast of Cape Cod is changing over time.

Music Credit: Special thanks to Vampire Weekend for the use of their song Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa!

This map shows some major features of the Gulf of Maine region, such as topography and undersea landscape.

Base map courtesy of United States Geological Survey/Geological Survey of Canada/Woods Hole Field Center

ARC Activities

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) ( 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.


Last updated: February 2, 2018

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