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
ISO Topic Category
CEAREX > Coordinated Eastern Arctic Experiment
GEWEX > Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment
ISCCP > International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project
ESIP > Earth Science Information Partners Program
GCSS-DIME > GEWEX Cloud System Study Data Integration for Model Evaluation
REASON > Research, Education, and Applications Solution Network
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: online WWW
Email: curryja at eas.gatech.edu
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2002-10-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-08-26