SECSC Global Change Monitoring Portal

Southeast Global Change Monitoring Portal

Overview

A significant challenge faced by climate scientists and land managers in the public and private sectors is the need for reliable and complete information about the status of ecosystem components that may be influenced by climate change. While many organizations monitor one or more aspect of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, these monitoring programs are seldom coordinated and the associated data are not readily discoverable.

The Global Change Monitoring Portal (GCMP) is a project of the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center and aims to support the efforts of multiple federal, state, and other organizations by providing a centralized, comprehensive catalog of observational networks associated with aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in the southeastern United States. The Southeast GCMP region of interest encompasses all or part of several Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in the southeastern US and Caribbean.

The GCMP is in the first phase of development and is being actively populated with new program and site information. We want to know about other observational networks or monitoring sites that should be included in the GCMP. Please send information to Cari Furiness at the SE Climate Science Center.

Database

    Information about existing and historical observational networks and monitoring sites was compiled into a relational database. Programs and sites are classified according to:
  • the type of media being monitored – Air, Land, Water
  • the general type of measurements that are made – Biological, Chemical, Physical
  • and the general type of parameters that are measured (e.g., Fauna) within a particular measurement type (e.g., Biological).

Monitoring locations are detailed when made available by a monitoring network. Sites are classified according to several geographic criteria: State, Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Level III Ecoregion, and 8-digit Hydrologic Unit

In the GCMP, monitoring network and site information can be displayed and searched using geographic and/or measurement categories.

Observational data are not stored in the database, but links for accessing data from a monitoring program are provided when available.

We acknowledge the NPS-sponsored SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Portal, from which some database design elements were utilized in development of the GCMP. Photo credits: Alan Cressler, USGS.

Partial support was provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences through grant No. P42ES005948.

Updates / Adding Programs

Details about monitoring programs and sites are not dynamically updated, but can be modified if updated information is supplied by a monitoring network; date of the most recent update to information about a particular network or site is indicated on each page.

Want to contribute? If you are a monitoring program representative, please contact Cari Furiness (cari_furiness@ncsu.edu) for a simple spreadsheet upload template. If you are aware of corrections to information currently in the GCMP, please also contact us.