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Title: The Delaware River Basin Collaborative Environmental Monitoring and Research Initiative: Foundation Document
Author: Murdoch, Peter S.; Jenkins, Jennifer C.; Birdsey, Richard A.
Publication: Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-25. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. Executive summary, 15 p.; online foundation document, 93 p.
Key Words: environmental monitoring, forest fragmentation, carbon sequestration, nitrogen saturation, calcium depletio
Abstract: The U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Park Service formed the Collaborative Environmental Monitoring and Research Initiative (CEMRI) to test strategies for integrated environmental monitoring among the agencies. The initiative combined monitoring and research efforts of the participating Federal programs to evaluate health and sustainability of forest and freshwater aquatic systems in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). Forest ecosystem health issues addressed by the CEMRI effort include urbanization and forest fragmentation, productivity and carbon sequestration, nitrogen saturation and calcium depletion, vulnerability to exotic insects, and effects of interactions among these factors. Ongoing monitoring programs were enhanced with supplemental sampling locations and measurements, and models were developed or modified to associate intensive process-level information with extensive landscape-scale information from satellite, aerial, and ground monitoring systems. This paper discusses development of the CEMRI in the DRB and methods to address environmental issues across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Note: The Executive Summary portion of this document is available in print; the full foundation document is online only.
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