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Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN)

Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network

Salt Marsh at Sunset, Assateague Island National Seashore Prescribed burn at Assateague Island National Seashore Wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore Box turtle at Cape Cod National Seashore Piping plover chick at Cape Cod National Seashore Dieback in the Gut marshes at Cape Cod National Seashore Seals  at Cape Cod National Seashore Aerial view of Colonial National Historic Site Monarch butterflies at Fire Island National Seashore Horseshoe crab monitoring at Fire Island National Seashore Seagrass monitoring at Fire Island National Seashore Collecting data in Big Egg Marsh, Gateway NRA Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Measuring marsh sediments at Gateway NRA Red-winged blackbird at Sagamore Hill NHS Salt marsh monitoring at Sagamore Hill NHS Red-bellied woodpecker at George Washington Birthplace Constructing piper plover shelters at Gateway NRA American beech (Fagus grandifolia) leaves 2010 fire grid map for Gateway NRA

The Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN) is one of 32 National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. It is comprised of eight national park units, each of which contain a rich and varied array of natural and cultural resources. These parks and their partners are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region's unique resources through science and education.

The NCBN consists of 8 units located along the Atlantic seaboard . These parks are similar in their extensive coastlines that interface with uplands which grade into coastal rivers, estuaries, and open ocean, and by shifting sand ecosystems that comprise beaches, dunes, barrier islands, and coastal marshes.

This web site delivers information about these resources, the Network's Inventory & Monitoring Program, and the scientific activities underway through the Research Learning Centers. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park units pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places.

Featured Information

Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Apps

8th California Islands Symposium

A story-map outlining Hurricane Sandy coastal resiliency research in NCBN parks.
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New App Highlights Herps of Colonial NHS

COLO Herp App

Get up close and personal with the reptiles and amphibians of Colonial National Historical Park with this new Story Map...

Invasive Species Lists

Purple Loosestrife

The NCBN has created mobile device-friendly lists of invasive species that link to the USDA for additional information.
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A Decade of Marsh Elevation Monitoring

SET Monitoring Poster for 2014 Fire Island NS Science Conference

Poster presented by NCBN biologist Jim Lynch at the recent 2014 Fire Island National Seashore Biennial Science Conference.
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