There are currently two National Park Service (NPS) laboratories in operation at the Highlands Center, each conducting important physical and biological scientific research, some of which is shared nationally to determine trends. Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies are used by park specialists, along with other advanced laboratory equipment. Further, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies has been collecting data related to changing shorelines for decades; these studies continue today at the Highlands Center. Many new opportunities could also be explored, such as hosting scientists interested in conducting research here, creating relationships with colleges and universities interested in sending students and/or faculty to study and learn, and hosting symposiums to share knowledge and foster discussion.
Cape Cod is unique in its susceptibility to the potential effects of climate change. We are a coastal community whose livelihood, in many instances, is tied to our waters and shorelines. We have many distinct ecological habitats, some in critical danger from over nitrification of water, pollution, and habitat destruction. It is increasingly important to learn as much as we can about the species and systems that surround us so as to mitigate damage. For this reason we encourage, sustainable renovation and support scientific research projects.
We welcome new ideas; to learn more about becoming involved, please contact us at our HCI office or contact the NPS Highlands Center Project Manager at Cape Cod National Seashore.
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