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.
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.