Kaneohe Bay Monitoring Project from the University of HawaiiEntry ID: UH_SOEST_Kaneohe
Abstract: The University of Hawaii School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
Hawaii Institute's Kaneohe Bay project monitors water quality and
sediment processes in Kaneohe Bay. Kaneohe Bay is home to the Hawaii
Institute of Marine Biology ( HIMB), the marine laboratory arm of the
University of Hawaii School of Ocean, Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST ).
This project is part of a nationwide project ... cooperatively funded by
EPA, NOAA, and NASA, termed "CISNet" (Coastal Intensive Site Network).
The specific focus of the Kaneohe Bay project is to examine linkages
between watershed events and responses of the Kaneohe estuarine/coral
reef ecosystem. Of particular interest is the question of how regions
of the Bay that receive flow from segments of the watershed with
different land-use patterns, respond to stream and ground-water
discharge. To this end, a set of Bay water quality monitoring stations
has been established. These stations are located at the sites of the
1976-1979 EPA funded study that followed changes in Kaneohe Bay
before, during, and after sewage outfalls were diverted from the Bay
(Smith et al., 1981, Pacific Science 35:279-395). An array of water
quality parameters is taken at regular intervals to provide the
monitoring matrix, with more intensive sampling at times of high
rainfall/runoff. Stream gages and high-flow water sampling stations
are also emplaced. The project is co-ordinating sampling and
data-sharing with several existing (NAQWA, CRAMP, KBAC) and proposed
(Heeia Ahupuaa Plan, Waiahole Stream Restoration) research and
This projected was co-funded with a NOAA remote sensing study of
Kaneohe Bay that will provide complementary information on the Bay.
An important goal of this project is to serve as both a central
clearing house for environmental data related to Kaneohe Bay and,
using the information gathered for the project, to leverage other
projects that might make use of our data sets.Any questions or
comments should be directed to Evelyn Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The data that is available at CISNet Kaneohe Bay includes Data
summaries for water column, chlorophyll, nutrient, Total suspended
solids (TSS), secchi,Particulate nutrients and Benthic sediments.
There is also data available for: Meteorological data, Solar radiation
data, and Historical data sets from the HIMB weather station.
These data are of particular interest for Kane'ohe Bay because they
contain water quality parameters for the major streams entering the bay.
Interested investigators who might wish to initiate
projects in Kaneohe Bay or to use the Bay as an additional research
site are invited to contact us so that we can co-ordinate our sampling
and incorporate viewpoints into our growing understanding of this unique
ecosystem and its processes.Contacts are:Dr. R. Kinzie,Dr. F. Mackenzie,
Dr. J. Stimson,and Dr. S.V. Smith.
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TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > CHLOROPHYLL > CHLOROPHYLL A
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > SUSPENDED SOLIDS
OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > WATER DEPTH
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > SEDIMENT TRANSPORT
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
OCEANS > OCEAN OPTICS > SECCHI DEPTH
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC HABITAT > BENTHIC SEDIMENTS
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE HABITAT
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-12-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-10-14