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Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce Florida


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
27 27.360'N
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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