SUBMERGED TOPOGRAPHIES: Pressurized by local, regional, and global forces of climate change and urbanization, the Coast Guard will concresce threatened and emerging ecologies and economies under a single project– an “urban ocean”– that engages the northward migration of marine biota through marshaling coastal conditions and inland territory to optimize and sustain those same compromised marine systems while adapting the USCG to those emerging conditions that constitute its new ground of operations across salt and freshwater systems. Transecting the MMR along the saline gradient from Cape Cod Bay to Nantucket Sound yields three sites of intervention through which the urban ocean may be maximally impacted: "saline invasion", "nutrient reloading", and "urban ocean".
 OCEANIC ORTHOGRAPHICS: The ocean is urban. the MMR, an island of freshwater in that ocean, is striated by oceanic vectors of urbanization, patterned through its interior by the logistical and biophysical flows of marine ecologies and economies. the US Coast Guard positions at Air Station Cape Cod, Woods Hole, and Cape Cod Canal are uniquely postured through expanding site presence and emerging mission imperatives to strategically choreograph these flows by modulating exchanges between marine and terrestrial hydrologies, reprogramming the saline gradient to manage and evolve aquatic systems by instrumentalizing processes of urbanization for ecological and economic productivity that in turn shepherd urban morphologies on both land and sea.
 TRANSECTING THE INTERIOR: The Cape's layered surfaces are subdivided into grids of analysis, exploitation and management through which its ecological, biophysical, and cultural economies may be choreographed. These grids extend through Cape Cod and terrestrial urban areas, and must be understood in terms of the gradients they cross rather than through conventional boundaries; accordingly, Cape Cod, as an island of urban freshwater floating in and dependent on an urbanized ocean, must be understood in relation to surrounding saline systems. Inland processes of urbanization significantly impact regional marine ecologies and economies, as is already evidenced by groundwater contamination, nutrient loading, and saltwater intrusion. Managing these effects, already among the Coast Guard's dominant missions, expands the USCG's operational purview to engage the shifting territories of coastal defense and marine management.
 URBAN X OCEAN (drawing by Alex Arroyo)
 SALINE INVASION (drawing by Jeongmin Yu)
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