National Estuarine Research Reserve System-Wide Water Quality Monitoring ProgramEntry ID: noaanosnerr_d_nerrparent
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Abstract: Water quality monitoring is conducted, for all 22 National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) sites, at two locations within or adjacent to the Reserve. These two locations monitor a reference non-impacted site (baseline condition) and a non-point source pollution site. The following parameters are measured at least every 30 minutes: water temperature, conductivity, salinity, dissolved oxygen ... (percent saturation and concentration mg/L), pH, turbidity, and water depth. All water quality data loggers (YSI's) are deployed from a known depth from the bottom at each site.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve data is collected to fulfill two major goals: to support state-specific non-point source pollution control programs by establishing local networks of continuous water quality monitoring stations in representative protected estuarine ecosystems; and to develop a nationwide database on baseline environmental conditions in the NERR system of estuaries.
The System-wide Monitoring Program seeks to &identify and track short-term variability and long-term changes in the integrity and biodiversity of representative estuarine ecosystems and coastal watersheds for the purposes of contributing to effective national, regional, and site specific coastal zone management&. This comprehensive program consists of three phased components: (1) abiotic factors (i.e. water quality & meteorological monitoring), (2) biodiversity monitoring, and (3) land use planning analysis. With the initial focus on phase (1), the NERR System-wide Monitoring Program will provide data necessary for site and inter-site baseline studies, trend analyses and impact assessment.
See individual National Estuarine Research Reserve sites for citation, time period of content, geographic descriptions, experimental design: ACE Basin, South Carolina; Apalachicola Bay, Florida; Chesapeake Bay, Maryland; Chesapeake Bay, Virginia; Delaware NERR, Delaware; Elkhorn Slough, California; Great Bay, New Hampshire; Hudson River, New York; Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico; Jacques Cousteau/Mullica River, New Jersey; Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island; North Inlet-Winyah Bay, South Carolina; North Carolina NERR, North Carolina; Old Woman Creek, Ohio; Padilla Bay, Washington; Rookery Bay, Florida; Sapelo Island, Georgia; South Slough, Oregon; Tijuana River, California; Wells, Maine; Weeks Bay, Alabama; Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts.
Information for this metadata was taken from the Water Quality Data Dissemination Page and individual site pages which can be accessed at - http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, Ocean Coastal Resource Management, National Estuarine Research Reserve
Dataset Title: National Estuarine Research Reserve System-Wide Water Quality Monitoring Program
Dataset Release Date: 1999
Dataset Release Place: Georgetown, South Carolina
Dataset Publisher: NOAA, NOS, Ocean and Coastal Resource Mgmt., National Estuarine Research Reserve
Data Presentation Form: spreadsheetOnline Resource: http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu
Start Date: 1995-01-01
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > TURBIDITY
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > WATER TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > DISSOLVED GASES > DISSOLVED OXYGEN
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN > DISSOLVED OXYGEN
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PH
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > ESTUARINE HABITAT
Quality LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: The position of observations were plotted on a map to verify gross accuracy of the location information. The years of the collection date were plotted in a histogram to verify the gross accuracy of the date and time stamp for observations. The extracted data set in OBIS-USA format was reviewed by multiple people at NODC and OBIS-USA.
... COMPLETENESS REPORT: In the process of reformatting the data from Benthic Organisms format (f132, see: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/General/NODC-Archive/f132.html), the originator NODC Taxonomic Code ids were transformed to scientific names using the Version 8 of the NODC Taxonomic code available in NODC Accession 0050418. Whenever the originator taxonomic code numbers referred to an outdated taxonomy as identified in the Version 8 NODC Taxonomic Code, the originator value for the NODC Taxonomic Code was provided in the notes section.
HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Horizontal accuracy for the data is based on the Collection Code and Verbatim Equipment. For the MAFLA data, Dauphin Island used dredges and trawls and the accuracy of its data is 10,000 meters. Florida State and Univ. Florida both used a Spade Box Corer that has an accuracy of 100 meters.For the STOCS data, Texas A&M used the Smith-McIntyre Grab with a 1000 meter accuracy. University Texas used both the Smith-McIntyre Grab (1000 meters accuracy) and the Otter Trawl (10,000 meters accuracy).
LINEAGE/PROCESS STEP DESCRIPTION: Data recovered from the MULti-Discipline Archives Retrieval System, operational at NODC from 1970-1995.
Data extracted from the NODC Accession 8500179 using NODC taxonomic code, version 8. Data saved into the OBIS-USA 100 column format using MATLAB code running on NODC servers. The only columns that were represented in the final data extraction were ones that both had values extracted from the original data in NODC Accession 850019 and that could not be described by some global attribute of the data set, requiring the specification of the data value for each record in the ASCII column format. Globally consistent data from other columns are reported here in the metadata file.
Access Constraints ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: To view constraints placed on dataset, please see Policies and Disclaimer section (from the panel on the left) on OBIS-USA web site at http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa
DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: NOAA and NODC make no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NODC cannot assume liability for any ... damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data.
OBIS-USA renders information prepared by contributors accessible through dynamic on-line publication. It does not peer-review the quality of the data provided. However, it is confident that the data are the best available in electronic form. OBIS-USA does not own or try to control or limit the use of any data or products accessible through its website. Accordingly, it does not take responsibility for the quality of such data or products, or the use that people may make of them.
Users must recognize that the analysis and interpretation of data requires background knowledge and expertise about marine biodiversity (including ecosystems and taxonomy). Users should be aware of possible errors in the use of species names, geo-referencing, data handing and mapping. They should crosscheck their results for possible errors, and qualify their interpretation of any results accordingly. Appropriate caution is thus necessary in the interpretation of results derived from OBIS-USA.
Use Constraints NOAA and NODC make no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NODC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data. NOAA and NODC would appreciate recognition as the resource from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or representations of these data. Acknowledge the use of the OBIS-USA facility. Recognize the limitations of data in OBIS-USA.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: Text
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: NODC.Services at noaa.gov
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City: Silver Spring
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20910-3282
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: Philip.Goldstein at Colorado.edu
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-05-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-20