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Storm surges, Waves, Hydrodynamics and Vegetation Surveys in Karen Noonan Center and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD, USA (2020-2021)

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Created: Jun 06, 2022 at 3:24 p.m.
Last updated: Jun 07, 2022 at 10:10 p.m.
DOI: 10.4211/hs.9034fa75324d46299984b681c54218e9
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These datasets include measurements of hydrodynamic (currents and water levels) and wave conditions, vegetation bio-mechanic characteristics (biomass, stem height, diameter, and density), and topo-bathymetric features during the period of (2020-2021) that were measured in the field during extreme events, regular tidal cycles, and over different seasons. This dataset provides the information for the campaigns in the Karen Noonan Center within the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland, USA. Hydrodynamic measurements were carried out with Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) (Aquadopp Nortek 2 MHz) and RBR D-wave sensors; vegetation surveys included the measurements of vegetation height, diameter and stem spacing using randomly placed 0.25 m2 quadrats on the ground surface. The sensors, topo-bathy data and vegetation measurement’s locations are georeferenced using a differential GPS Trimble R4. SAV measurements (when present) were carried out by using haphazardly placed 0.25m2 quadrats. At each site, the team measured 1) total SAV percent cover, 2) percent cover of each individual species, 3) canopy height, 4) epiphyte presence on SAV leaf blades, and 5) water depth.
This field work is part of the project “EESLR 2019: Quantifying the benefits of natural and nature-based features in Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays to inform conservation and management under future sea level rise scenarios” funded by NOAA (Award# NA19NOS4780179). The project is a collaboration between George Mason University, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The overall goal of the project is to quantify the wave attenuation and flood reduction benefits of marshes, SAV and other natural and nature-based features (NNBF) along the shores of Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. This project will inform management actions by DNR to maintain or enhance the ecosystem services of marshes and other natural features on state-owned lands; re-evaluate Chesapeake Bay SAV restoration goals; improve existing conservation prioritization tools; and provide relatable, local examples to advance efforts by DNR, TNC, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) and others to promote the use of NNBF in county and municipal adaptation plans.

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
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Decimal degrees
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Karen Noonan Center
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The following web services are available for data contained in this resource. Geospatial Feature and Raster data are made available via Open Geospatial Consortium Web Services. The provided links can be copied and pasted into GIS software to access these data. Multidimensional NetCDF data are made available via a THREDDS Data Server using remote data access protocols such as OPeNDAP. Other data services may be made available in the future to support additional data types.

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This resource updates and replaces a previous version Ferreira, C., F. Cassalho, D. Coleman, M. Henke, A. de Lima, T. W. Miesse, A. Vecchio (2022). Storm surges, Waves, Hydrodynamics and Vegetation Surveys in Karen Noonan Center, MD, USA (2020-2021), HydroShare,

How to Cite

Ferreira, C., F. Cassalho, D. Coleman, R. Golden, M. Henke, A. de Lima, T. W. Miesse, J. Specht, A. Vecchio (2022). Storm surges, Waves, Hydrodynamics and Vegetation Surveys in Karen Noonan Center and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD, USA (2020-2021), HydroShare,

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