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Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce Florida

The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce (SMSFP) is a research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida.  Research focuses on the Indian River Lagoon and the offshore waters of Florida's east central coast, with comparative studies throughout coastal Florida.  The Station is a facility of the National Museum of Natural History, a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and serves as a field station which draws over 100 top scientists and students each year from the Smithsonian and collaborating institutions around the world.

Scientists investigate the plants and animals in the ocean and Indian River Lagoon and the physical processes associated with these habitats.  Discoveries are published in scientific journals and forms the basis for effective public policies, conservation efforts, sustainable resource management and enlightened development patterns.


Site and System
Specifications
 
 
 
Coordinates
 
 Latitude
 
27 27.360'N
 Longitude
 
80 18.570'W
 
 
 
Water depth (MLW)
 
2.7 meters
(~8.9 feet)
 
 
 
Tidal range
 
0.96 meters
(3.2 feet)
 
 
 
Maximum tidal velocity
 
4 knots
(2 m/s, 6.6 ft/s)
 
 
 
Bottom type
 
Soft Sediment
 
 
 
Communication Systems
 
Dedicated Land Line
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