Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) Baseline Monitoring Plan
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST (RTI) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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The U.S. Department of Defense DoD intends to enhance and sustain its training and testing assets and to optimize its stewardship of natural resources through the development and application of an ecosystem-based management approach on DoD facilities. To accomplish the above goal, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program SERDP launched the Defense CoastalEstuarine Research Program DCERP at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune MCBCL in North Carolina. MCBCL provides an ideal platform for DCERP because it integrates coastal barrier, estuarine, coastal wetland, and terrestrial ecosystems, all within the boundaries of DoD properties. The purpose of this DCERP Baseline Monitoring Plan is to describe the baseline monitoring program that will be conducted at MCBCL to provide an historic reference of selected environmental parameters. The baseline monitoring data to be collected include the following Basic fundamental parameters that support the broader ecosystem-based research agenda Parameters that provide data useful to more than one ecosystem module Parameters that must be monitored intensively andor continuously for a minimum of 5 10 years to determine trends and natural variability. The baseline monitoring program is seen as an adaptive program, in which monitoring may be adjusted over time in response to weather events, the availability of more efficient methods, and new information gained from ongoing monitoring and research efforts. At the end of the DCERP contract, it is the ultimate goal to transition to MCBCL a scaled-down version of the baseline monitoring program that identifies key measurement parameters for continued monitoring.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies