DV-16-07 Northeastern Coastal Station Alliance intertidal temperature monitoring proof of concept: What can Tidbit data loggers tell us about coordination and collaboration?

Hannah Webber
Schoodic Institute

Caitlin Cleaver
Hurricane Island Foundation


Recently, small field stations spanning the Gulf of Maine formed the Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance (NeCSA) in order to leverage the potential for collaborative data collection and data sharing across the stations, and to enhance training opportunities and public outreach to communicate the implications of environmental change in the Gulf of Maine.  

The ten Maine field stations in NeCSA—from the Isles of Shoals to Great Wass Island (and two additional field stations in Canada)--range in capacity, structure and mission.

As part of this project, which aims to understand the capacities of individual field stations to coordinate efforts and address Gulf-wide research questions, researchers will distribute temperature loggers and simple deployment protocols to the field stations within NeCSA and teach standardized deployment and best practices for data sharing. The results of this pilot effort offer a template for strategic growth of NeCSA to encompass more field stations and monitoring capacity. The ultimate goal is to coordinate data collection to provide a holistic picture of real-time environmental change in the Gulf of Maine.

Sea Grant funds: $3,000