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Top: Growth and urban development along the shoreline in the northeast United States. Bottom (L): A marsh with little human activity. Bottom (R): A researcher sampling and measuring marsh shellfish.
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The Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) conducts research to enhance the understanding of the effects of human activity on land and waters of the Atlantic seaboard. Researchers collect and analyze data to provide tools for diagnosing and predicting the effects of this activity on aquatic resources and wildlife. AED provides research support to EPA Program & Regional Offices and state & local governments.

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