Virginia Coast Reserve LTER - United States of America

Basic Information
Site Name
Virginia Coast Reserve LTER
Short name
VCR
Country
United States of America
Site Manager
Keywords
Lagoons, coastal wetlands and estuaries
oceanic islands
salt marshes
Site Description
Research activities of the VCR/LTER focus on the mosaic of transitions and steady-state systems that comprise the barrier-island/lagoon/mainland landscape of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Primary study sites are located on Hog Island, Parramore Island and mainland marshes near Nassawadox VA. The VCR/LTER uses field laboratory and housing facilities at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, VA.
Metadata Update Date
2019-07-02 16:10:44
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
existing
Year Established
1987
Purpose
Ecological Research focusing on coastal systems including lagoon, barrier islands and coastal salt marshes.
History
The Virginia Coast Reserve/Long-Term Ecological Research Program began operation in 1987. In VCR/LTER I (1997-1992) we focused on geophysical controls (e.g., storms) on coastal ecosystems. In VCR/LTER II (1992-1994) we introduced the concept of ecological state change, which was linked in VCR/LTER III (1994-2000) to relationships between free surfaces (land, sea, freshwater table). Under the VCR/LTER IV grant (2000-2006), we have added a hypsometric perspective, which provides an alternate way of examining ecological patterns on the coastal landscape. LTER V (2006-2012) adds a focus on how fluxes of organisms and materials across the landscape influence ecosystem dynamics and state change.
Photos
not defined
Geographic
Size
27500000.00ha
Elevation (average)
1.00msl
Elevation (min)
-2.00msl
Elevation (max)
10.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
US LTER (LTER-NAM-US-4)This site is a verified "US LTER" member.
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