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Continuous Monitoring Data From Natural and Restored Salt Marshes on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 2016-17


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O’Keefe Suttles, J.A., Brosnahan, S.M., Gonneea, M.E., and Kroeger, K.D., 2019, Continuous monitoring data from natural and restored salt marshes on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 2016-17: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Continuous monitoring data reported are a portion of data from a larger study investigating changes in soil properties, carbon accumulation, and greenhouse gas fluxes in four recently restored salt marsh sites and nearby natural salt marshes. For several decades, local towns, conservation groups, and government organizations have worked to identify, replace, repair, and enlarge culverts to restore tidal flow upstream from historical tidal restrictions in an effort to restore salt marsh ecosystems on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Undersized or failed culverts restrict tidal exchange between the marsh and the bays and estuaries, which leads to alterations in plant community composition and in fundamental processes controlling soil carbon [...]


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“Dataset of salinity in tidal salt marsh creek locations on Cape Cod.”
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“Dataset of water level in tidal salt marsh creek locations on Cape Cod, MA.”
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“Summary of deployment length and height measurements of water level loggers.”
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“Dataset of photosynthetically active radiation in wetland locations on Cape Cod.”
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“Dataset of soil and air temperature for wetland locations on Cape Cod.”
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“Dataset of soil and air temperature for wetland locations on Cape Cod.”
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“Photograph of a restored tidal restriction at Bass Creek, Cape Cod, MA.”
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Data were collected to 1) validate model predictions of carbon cycling (greenhouse gas emissions, uptake, and carbon storage) in natural and restored salt marshes and 2) provide background data to be used in evaluating potential differences in land surface elevation between sites. Environmental parameters influencing plant productivity, such as those represented by these data, are key components of salt marsh carbon cycling, carbon storage, and its ability to maintain elevation.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9YLXOY8

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