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University of Georgia's MAREX Ogeechee River Monitoring Program

Sponsoring Organization:  University of Georgia Marine Extension Service: MAREX Marine Advisory Services

Description:  Our monitoring efforts shifted to the Ogeechee River in February 2001. We selected five stations on this river. All five stations were monitored once monthly at low tide. Additionally, stations 1, 3, and 5 were monitored every other month at high tide. A continuous monitoring device was placed in the Ogeechee River at station 3. Several current meters (one each at stations 1, 3, and 5) were deployed in the Ogeechee River for a period of two months. The Marine Extension Service collaborated with the Skidaway Institute on this effort and several other current meters were deployed in the Little Ogeechee River during the same time. This information was also provided to Dr. Chen for model development.

Web Site:  http://fvcom.smast.umassd.edu/research_projects/Ogeechee/index.html

Program Contact:  Dr. Changsheng Chen

Program Contact Email:  c1chen@umassd.edu

Program Contact Web URL:  http://fvcom.smast.umassd.edu/Extra/contact.html

Program Purpose:  In recent decades both natural environmental perturbations and human development activities have dramatically changed the Ogeechee River estuarine system. The development and implementation of successful strategies for maintaining, rebuilding or providing long-term management of estuarine resources requires scientists and managers to understand the natural variations and underlying mechanisms controlling complex estuarine ecosystems. Because this system is characterized primarily by the nonlinear interaction of physical, biological, chemical, and sedimentation processes and varies significantly with time and space, field measurements taken either at a give time or at a few monitoring stations do not provide sufficient information to either characterize or model the marsh and estuarine systems. It is imperative to develop a full three-dimensional, prognostic numerical model system if researchers are to understand this complex ecosystem. Managers need a scientifically accurate visual too

Monitoring Stations:  5 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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