Publications about Assateague Island

IAN is committed to producing practical, user-centered communications that foster a better understanding of science and enable readers to pursue new opportunities in research, education, and environmental problem-solving. Our publications synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques.

Restoration of overwash processes creates piping plover (Charadrius melodus) habitat on a barrier island (Assateague Island, Maryland)

Schupp CA, Winn NT, Pearl TL, Kumer JP, Carruthers TJB, and Zimmerman CS ·
2013

On Assateague Island, an undeveloped barrier island along Maryland and Virginia, a foredune was constructed to protect the island from the erosion and breaching threat caused by permanent jetties built to maintain Ocean City Inlet. Scientists and engineers integrated expertise in vegetation, wildlife, geomorphology, and coastal engineering in order to design a habitat restoration project that would be evaluated in terms of coastal processes rather than static features.

Read more

Assateague Island is Changing (Page 1)

Assateague Island is Changing

Jane Hawkey, Heath Kelsey ·
31 December 2012

The natural geomorphological processes on Assateague Island, a Mid-Atlantic barrier island, are being exacerbated by increased storm intensity and sea-level rise, impacting the habitats and wildlife. The National Park Service Assateague Island National Seashore management is taking steps to ensure the sustainability of the park and the visitor experience.

Read more

2011 Maryland Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2011 Maryland Coastal Bays report card

Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison, Adrian Jones ·
19 November 2012

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2011 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (total nitrogen, total phoshorus, Chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals.

Read more

Rising to the Challenge (Page 1)

Rising to the Challenge

Jane Hawkey, Heath Kelsey ·
24 October 2012

As global temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, some organisms may thrive on Assateague Island while others may be replaced by more tolerant species. As storms intensify, the rate at which this Mid-Atlantic barrier island will experience overwash and rollover will increase. Ultimately, very different landscapes may change the access and experience that visitors enjoy today at Assateague Island National Seashore.

Read more

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund (Page 1)

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Sara Powell ·
29 February 2012

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund was created in 2007 in an effort to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to these bays. The Trust Fund has focused its financial resources on the implementation of effective non-point (i.e., diffuse) source pollution control projects in high priority watersheds. This newsletter details examples of projects supported by the Trust Fund including stream channel restorations, stormwater retrofits, and cover crops.

Read more

2010 Maryland Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2010 Maryland Coastal Bays report card

Jane Thomas, Heath Kelsey ·
17 June 2011

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2010 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (TN, TP, Chl a, DO) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The six indicators are combined into one overarching Coastal Bays Health Index, which is presented as the report card score.

Read more

Assateague Island National Seashore Natural Resource Condition Assessment (Page 1)

Assateague Island National Seashore Natural Resource Condition Assessment

Carruthers TJB, Beckert KA, Dennison WC, Thomas JE, Saxby TA, Williams MR, Fisher T, Kumer J, Schupp C, Sturgis B, and Zimmerman C ·
17 June 2011

Assateague Island National Seashore with lands and waters in Maryland and Virginia receives some two million visitors per year. After determining key habitats on Assateague Island, potential indicators were identified and data sourced. Attainment of reference condition was assessed for each metric and summarized by habitat and ultimately for the whole park. Based on these key findings, management recommendations were developed.

Read more

Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card 2009 (Page 1)

Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card 2009

Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Sara Powell, Melissa Andreychek ·
30 June 2010

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2009 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progressof four water quality indicators (TN, TP, Chl a, DO) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The six indicators are combined into one overarching Coastal Bays Health Index, which is presented as the report card score.

Read more

2008 Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2008 Coastal Bays report card

Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Emily Nauman ·
8 June 2009

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2008 Coastal Bays’ health. Prepared annually, the report card rates six reporting regions of the Coastal Bays, using six indicators combined into a single overarching index of health. Health is defined as progress towards established scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The overall health of Coastal Bays was moderate in 2008, obtaining a grade of C+.

Read more