Monitoring Data

A crew member measures the length of a fish in a salt marsh at ASIS.
A crew member measures a sheepshead minnow in the salt marshes at Assateague Island National Seashore.  NPS Photo.

The collection of data from natural resource science activities is the first step to understanding the ecosystem within and around park boundaries. With this data, park managers are able to make informed decisions about the natural resources in the park for National Park Service planning, management and decision making.

To preserve the integrity, utility, security and availability of data for the long-term, the Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network actively manages data and information. Detailed procedures regarding management of data and information may be found in the NCBN Information Management Plan.

To facilitate scientific exploration and research, all non-sensitive data is available to the public for use and analysis. There are a couple of on-line ways to obtain data:

  • Tabular and spatial data is available on the Integrated Resources Management Applications Portal (IRMA). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, including metadata, is continually being uploaded to the site.

  • A number of digital documents, such as protocols, are also available for download from the Reports and Publications page.


Last updated: August 27, 2018