National Status and Trends Program/Mussel Watch and Benthic Surveillance Programs/Contaminants and Biological Response; NODC Archive Data
Entry ID: ACC-8900125

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Summary
Abstract: The National Status and Trends Program (NS&T) was initiated by NOAA to assess the contamination of estuarine and coastal waters of the United States by analyzing bivalves, fish livers and sediments through the Mussel Watch and Benthic Surveillance Programs. The goal of this program is to assess the distribution of contaminants, the biological response to contamination, and the temporal changes in the contaminants. Samples were collected and analyzed by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Battelle Ocean Sciences, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and by the Texas A&M Research Foundation (Geochemical and Environmental Research Group). The contaminants analyzed were polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's), total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's), total DDT's and total chlorinated pesticides (non-DDT) and the following metals: Ag, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, Si, Sn, Tl, Zn.

The first NS&T data available from NODC are the Mussel Watch Data analyzed by Battelle Ocean Sciences. Mussels were collected along the West Coast and in the East Coast (north of Delaware Bay); and oysters were collected from selected sites along the Gulf Coast, East Coast (south of Delaware Bay) and two sites in Hawaii.

The sediment and bivalve data include locations, dates, depth, temperature, salinity, total organic carbon (TOC), total inorganic carbon (TIC), total lipid content, trace metals, PCB's, PAH's and pesticides. In addition, the biovalve data contain species identification, mean shell length, gonadal index and organics; the sediment data include sediment grain size, wet weights, and dry weights.

The Battelle data available from NODC are divided into three phases:

Phase 1: 288 bivalve samples were collected at 96 locations from January 7, 1986 to May 13, 1986; 259 sediment samples were collected at 87 locations from January 15, 1986 to May 14, 1986.

Phase 2: 297 bivalve samples were collected at 99 locations and 232 sediment samples were collected at 72 locations from November 11, 1986 to March 28, 1987.

Phase 3: 321 bivalve samples were collected at 107 locations from November 20, 1987 to March 29, 1988.

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Link: GET DATA
Description: Data Portal to NOAA's National Status and Trends Program


Geographic Coverage
 N: 72.0 S: 32.0  E: -115.0  W: -180.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1986-01-01
Stop Date: 1989-12-31


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN > Coastal U.S.
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > Coastal U.S.
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > Coastal U.S.
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > MID-LATITUDE > Coastal U.S.
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR


Science Keywords
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS >DDT    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >HEAVY METALS CONCENTRATION    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >CONTAMINANTS >PAH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >HYDROCARBONS >PAH    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >INORGANIC MATTER    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >TOXIC CHEMICALS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY >TRACE METALS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >ESTUARIES    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >SUSPENDED SOLIDS    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE SEDIMENTS >TERRIGENOUS SEDIMENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >HYDROCARBONS >PAH    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >INORGANIC CARBON >TOTAL INORGANIC CARBON    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >ORGANIC CARBON >TOTAL ORGANIC CARBON    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN CHEMISTRY >TRACE ELEMENTS    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN TEMPERATURE >WATER TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
OCEANS >SALINITY/DENSITY >SALINITY    [Definition]
OCEANS >WATER QUALITY >OCEAN CONTAMINANTS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES >FISH    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >MOLLUSKS >BIVALVES
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >COASTAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >ESTUARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOTOXICOLOGY >TOXICITY LEVELS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ENVIRONMENT


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
SHIPS    [Information]


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]
NS&T >National Status and Trends Program    [Information]


Keywords
BENTHIC
BIVALVE
COAST
DDT
MUSSEL
PAH
PCB
TOC
TOXIC SUBSTANCES


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
NOAA/NESDIS/NODC


Data Center
National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/
Dataset ID: ACC#8900125 > REF#L00434 & L01130 > Level A Data

Data Center Personnel
Name: NODC USER SERVICES
Phone: 301-713-3277
Fax: 301-713-3302
Email: NODC.Services at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
National Oceanographic Data Center
User Services Branch
NOAA/NESDIS E/OC1
SSMC3, 4th Floor
1315 East-West Highway
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910-3282
Country: USA


Personnel
WARREN EDWARD JOHNSON
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 301-713-3028 x 149
Email: ed.johnson at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
1305 East West Highway
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2002-05-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2007-09-20

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