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Exposure potential of salt marsh units in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge to environmental health stressors


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Defne, Zafer, Ganju, N.K., Jones, D.K., Reilly, T.J, Aquino, K.C., Carbo, C.L, Kaufhold, E.E., Benzel, W.M., Fisher, S.C., Griffin, D.W., Iwanowicz, L.R., and Loftin, K.A., 2017, Exposure potential of salt marsh units in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, to environmental health stressors: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Natural and anthropogenic contaminants, pathogens, and viruses are found in soils and sediments throughout the United States. Enhanced dispersion and concentration of these environmental health stressors in coastal regions can result from sea level rise and storm-derived disturbances. The combination of existing environmental health stressors and those mobilized by natural or anthropogenic disasters could adversely impact the health and resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems. This dataset displays the exposure potential to environmental health stressors in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (EBFNWR), which spans over Great Bay, Little Egg Harbor, and Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, USA. Exposure potential is calculated [...]

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Analysis of environmental health stressors is part of a comprehensive assessment to identify the factors and their weights in determining the vulnerability and resiliency of salt marshes. This polygon dataset facilitates quantifying vulnerability to contaminant hazards in the EBFNWR salt marsh complex. The results are summarized over the previously determined conceptual salt marsh unit polygons (Defne and Ganju, 2016). Additionally, a 30-meter resolution raster dataset is provided to accommodate any potential geoprocessing in the future.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7765CH1

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