Research at the JCNERR
JCNERR conducts research on the physical, chemical, and biological
Research within the JCNERR is conducted to:
This database will also be useful for addressing coastal resources management problems in the area. Research programs in some instances are defined by the Systems Wide Monitoring Program or SWMP (pronounced swamp). These data sets are created for all 26 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the United States, and help to answer national questions on estuarine water quality.
Research within the JCNERR is being administered by RUTGERS UNIVERSITY through the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS). IMCS serves as the managing partner for the reserve for operations and equipment. The reserve's research coordinator, Michael Kennish, is also a professor at IMCS. The JCNERR also has a close affiliation with the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS). Gregg Sakowicz, a JCNERR field researcher, runs the SWMP program, which is based at RUMFS. The Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) also is involved with research projects within the JCNERR. CRSSA maintains a GIS database for the reserve as well as conducting research projects using remotely sensed data.
Research is conducted at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR). The reserve is located in southeastern New Jersey (area in red on the map to the right). The JCNERR encompasses roughly 115,000 acres of forest, salt marsh, open water, and barrier islands. The JCNERR is located only miles away from Atlantic City, NJ, 1-hour drive away from Philadelphia, PA, and 2-hour drive from New York, NY.