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NCCOS: Georgia Coastal Analysis Partnership

Sponsoring Organization:  NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research

Description:  GCAP was a joint data-sharing initiative undertaken by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) to coordinate results of ongoing federal and state monitoring programs along the coast of Georgia in an effort to support common research and coastal-management goals. The website is still viable and data are accessible.

Web Site:  http://www.chbr.noaa.gov/gcap/

Duration:  07/01/2001 to 09/01/2005  (as of 03/16/2009)

Program Contact:  Dr. Jeffrey Hyland

Program Contact Email:  jeff.hyland@noaa.gov

Program Purpose:  Key objectives of GCAP were: * To develop an initial inventory of sampling activities in the region (consisting of maps of station locations and a corresponding summary of types of samples collected at each site). * To use the inventory as a starting point for collecting data to address coastal research and management issues of common interest to all participating institutions. * To demonstrate the benefits of performing science through partnerships. A major focus of GCAP was on combining resources to tackle coastal-management issues of importance to both federal and state partners. One such issue that GCAP partnersi Investigated was the extent to which land-based sources of pollutants and other materials are transported through major river systems to offshore shelf environments and the potential effects (positive or negative) that these materials may have on biological resources along the way.

Data Access Web URL:  http://www.chbr.noaa.gov/gcap/data.aspx

Data Access Information:  The map can be viewed with any respectable web browser and provides a general overview of the areal extent of the various sampling projects. The linked metadata accompanying each inventory item gives a description of the project, purpose of sampling, types of samples collected, dates of sampling, and contact information. * ArcExplorer project files can be downloaded and viewed with the free ArcExplorer application. * ArcView project files can be downloaded and viewed in ArcView by users already having ArcView 3.x installed on their computers. Both the ArcExplorer and ArcView project files allow a user to obtain specific information by individual sampling site, including the kinds of samples collected, sampling gear type, date sampled, geographic coordinates.

Sampling Design:  Browseable Map http://www.chbr.noaa.gov/gcap/map_main.aspx As a result of collective sampling activities, GCAP partners have synoptic data on condition of benthic and demersal fauna, pollutant levels, and other environmental conditions along a series of onshore-offshore transects in three major systems: Sapelo, Doboy, and Altamaha Sounds. By focusing initial efforts on these three systems, GCAP examined spatial patterns from the upper reaches of estuaries, through the mouths of these three sounds, and out to inner-shelf depths of the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS).

Data Collection Area Name:  Coastal Georgia, Including estuaries and coastal ocean waters (inclusive of Gray's Reef Marine Sanctuary)

Data Collection Area Description:  Browseable Map http://www.chbr.noaa.gov/gcap/map_main.aspx

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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