Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve hydrological dataEntry ID: USGS_SOFIA_estero_bay_ap_data
Abstract: The data for each of the collection sites are available for fiscal years 2002-2005. The files are available in several formats. Salinity and temperature were collected for all stations. Stage, discharge, and wind speed and direction were also collected at some of the stations.
Estero Bay is a shallow estuary, across which salinity gradients from freshwater to saltwater occur over ... short land-sea distances. Such gradient compressions can result in a highly variable salinity environment and affect a diverse range of estuarine flora and fauna when even a small change in watershed runoff occurs. Rapid development within the bay's watershed has a changing effect on the amount, timing, and quality of runoff into the bay. Currently there is no information available to assess the effect that these alterations of runoff may have on the bay and its biota, nor to define watershed runoff and loading limits that provide desirable ranges in salinity and water quality at historical, current, and potential locations for seagrass, oysters, and other species of concern. To manage and preserve the Estero Bay ecosystem, it is necessary to: (1) understand the salinity patterns of the bay in relation to freshwater inflow and water exchange with the Gulf of Mexico; (2) describe the mixing and freshwater residence times within the bay; and (3) study the effects on light penetration from increased Total Suspended-Solids (TSS) load and re-suspension. Results from this study will facilitate management decisions geared toward defining flow and sediment loading limits that provide desirable ranges in salinity and water quality by providing necessary hydrological information. To carry out the objectives of the study, a network of monitoring stations will be established and will include: (1) the monitoring of flow, water level, salinity, temperature, Acoustic Backscatter Strength (ABS), and turbidity near the mouth of three of four tributaries flowing into Estero Bay; (2) monitoring of water level, salinity, temperature, turbidity, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure at one location inside the bay; (3) monitoring of water level, flow, salinity, temperature, and ABS at three of four tidal exchange points with the Gulf of Mexico along the barrier islands; (4) monitoring of water level (depth), salinity and temperature at one open-water location in the Gulf of Mexico.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Michael Byrne
Dataset Title: Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve hydrological data
Dataset Release Date: 2006
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital dataOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/ebap/
Start Date: 2001-10-01Stop Date: 2005-09-30
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > SURFACE WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS > RUNOFF > TOTAL RUNOFF
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > WATER TEMPERATURE
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > GROUND WATER > GROUND WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS > DISCHARGE
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > SURFACE WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS > DISCHARGE/FLOW
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > SURFACE WATER PROCESSES/MEASUREMENTS > STAGE HEIGHT
Quality Salinity and temperature were collected for all stations. Stage, discharge, and wind information were collected in addition at some stations
All monitoring was done according to USGS protocol, methods, and techniques. Flow monitoring stations were equipped with acoustic instrumentation for the measurement of water velocity and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler was used for discharge calibrations during different hydrologic and tide conditions.
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Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: Adobe pdf
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: michael.byrne at resources.ca.gov
California Resources Agency 1416 9th Steet, Suite 1311
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95814
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: alicia.m.aleman at nasa.gov
Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Hittle, Clinton, Patino, Eduardo; Zucker, Mark, 2001, Freshwater flow from estuarine creeks into northeastern Florida Bay, USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report, 01-4164, Reston, VA, U.S. Geological Survey.
Gray, J. R., Glysson, G. D.; Turcios, L. M.; Schwartz, G. E., 2000, Comparability of suspended-sediment ... concentration and total suspended solids data, USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report, 00-4191, Reston, VA, U.S. Geological Survey.
Patino, Eduardo, 1996, Feasibility of using acoustic velocity meters for estimating highly organic suspended-solids concentrations in streams, USGS Open-File Report, 96-137, Tallahassee, FL, U.S. Geological Survey.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-09-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18