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Opportunities for field research
Since 1951 the Savannah River Site (SRS) has served as an invaluable outdoor laboratory for SREL scientists and colleagues. The geographic diversity of the SRS offers visiting researchers many opportunities to study human influences on ecosystems, or natural ecological processes. Researchers may also benefit from SREL's variety of long term and historical data sets (described below). For additional information about field research opportunities at the SRS, contact Margaret Wead at 803.725.5733 or email wead(at)srel.uga.edu.
Researchers interested in human effects on ecosystems may study both chemical and radiological contaminants in some of SREL's other permitted research sites. SREL currently has ~75 permitted field sites across the SRS, including the 30 DOE Set-Asides. Some of these areas have been studied for decades.
LONG TERM AND HISTORICAL DATA
SREL's research archive currently contains data from over 500 studies, many of which were conducted on the SRS. Some examples of data sets include soil, groundwater, and contaminant studies; Carolina bay hydrology; GIS land use and vegetation layers; population dynamics of herpetofauna; population dynamics and toxicology of fish; numbers and radionuclide distribution of overwintering waterfowl; deer herds; furbearers; vegetation. Many additional datasets are maintained by the individual investigators. In all cases, decisions about releasing data to third parties remain with the individual investigators.