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EN695 Winter Transect 2023 group photo
EN687 Summer Transect 2022 group photo
AT46 Winter Transect 2022 group photo
EN668 Summer Transect 2021 group photo courtesy G. Matthias (URI)
EN661 Winter Transect 2021 group photo courtesy E. Peacock (WHOI)
EN657 Fall Transect 2020 group photo by Lynne Butler (URI)

12 investigators
from 5 organizations


12 investigators
from 5 organizations

EN695 Winter Transect 2023 group photo

What is the NES-LTER?

The Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project integrates observations, experiments, and models to understand and predict how planktonic food webs are changing in the region, and how those changes may impact the productivity of higher trophic levels.

NES-LTER news highlights

Undergraduate students present research on the Northeast U.S. Shelf ecosystem

This summer the Northeast U.S. Shelf Long-Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project hosted three undergraduate researchers in Woods Hole. All three presented posters at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s annual summer student poster symposium held on August 10, 2023. Victoria Abunaw, a rising senior in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, participated in WHOI’s Summer…


Data Jam Creativity Continues into 2022-23

In our fifth consecutive year of Data Jamming as part of education and outreach for the Northeast US Shelf Long Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project, we are pleased to announce the winners! From 30 full Data Jam projects (116 students) and 6 Mini Jam projects (23 students), 3 high schools, and 2 middle schools– we commend…


ASM is where the LTER Network shines

Four years ago, when our team attended the LTER Network All Scientists’ Meeting (ASM), we were “newbies”, only a year into playing our role in this long term network of researchers.  After an extra 1-year delay of the meeting, our team returned with more attendees, more connections, more posters, more workshops, and more appreciation. Our…


Data Jam 2021-22 Jammin’ more than ever

120 students and 38 projects from grades 7 through 12 generated raps, a symphony, dancing scallops and wind and satellites, claymation, cupcake data points, board games, poems, comic strips, and puppet shows. Students used 13 different datasets from the provided Data Jam datasets and entertained 17 judges from the NES research team for days. While…


Scallop Balance- Modeling for Management

In the recent publication of Fisheries Oceanography, Zhengchen Zang et al. share their sea scallop scope for growth (SFG) model. Scallop energy dynamics depend on the spatial and seasonal variability on the Northeast US Shelf. The scallop SFG model is therefore driven by high-resolution hydrodynamic and biological models and provides key information about scallop growth…


Looking for something for your students to do that will build data literacy skills and foster creativity and good communication skills? It's not too late to Data Jam with NES-LTER. All submissions due Mar 15.

Reminder! Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 17) by having your classroom or individual students participate in our Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. Entries must be emailed by April 22, 2024. Info:

Students in our Schoolyard are ramping up for the next Data Jam and they love the right whale calves dataset. Your students can too!

Newly published: Peacock, Sosik, Stevens & Crockford. 2024 Abundance, biovolume, & biomass of Synechococcus, eukaryote pico & nano phytoplankton, & heterotrophic bacteria from flow cytometry for water column bottle samples-since 2018 v1. EDI. @USLTER @NSF

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Data Portals

The NES-LTER produces observational data, derived data products, and model data. Observational data are obtained in real-time from moored underwater instruments, underway and from sampling on research cruises, and post-cruise with laboratory analyses.