Long-term environmental monitoring is both a scientific and management imperative for effective coastal resource research, management and education. The establishments of long-term monitoring programs such as the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) provide for baseline studies, trend analyses and impact assessment of natural and anthropomorphic phenomena. In support of NERRS, a Centralized Data Management Office (CDMO) has been established for the development and implementation of basic infrastructure and protocol. A central component of CDMO is a graphics-oriented server on the World Wide Web (WWW). An alternative method has also been developed to provide connectivity to those unable or uninterested in accessing the WWW. In addition, a database management plan has also been developed and documented.

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Conference Proceedings of the 9th 1995 Conference on Coastal Zone
Porter, Dwayne E., Osburn-Matthews, Ginger, Jefferson, William, & Taylor, D.R. (1995). Development and implementation of the NERRS centralized data management office. In Coastal Zone: Proceedings of the Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management (pp. 494–495).