Flow Data (Levesque)Entry ID: USGS_SOFIA_levesque_flow
Abstract: In 1996, the U.S. Geological Survey began a 4-year study of the flow and nutrient characteristics of three major streams that drain parts of the Everglades National Park. An upward looking acoustic Doppler current profiler, a water-level sensor, and two specific conductance sensors were installed at each site. Monthly discharge measurements are made with an acoustic Doppler current profiler to ... develop discharge ratings. Nutrient data are collected monthly at each site. Data collected at the Broad River, Harney River, and Shark River stations include water level, water velocity, specific conductance and temperature, total and dissolved phosphorus species, pH, and dissolved oxygen. These three stations were established in 1997.
The southwest coast of Florida is part of a wilderness area with unique hydraulic characteristics that has historically been described as the "River of Grass". Flat terrain and lack of controlled topographic information has made it difficult to define drainage divides. Low gradients, coupled with tidal effects, create complex conditions under which to measure river flow. It has been almost thirty years since any effort has been made to monitor flow characteristics continuously in the area. Significant technological advancements have occurred during this time and this new technology can be applied to help obtain the information needed to make informed decisions about the future of this unique coastal area. Flow, nutrient concentrations, and nutrient load data will provide part of the basic information needed to understand the hydrologic and water-quality characteristics for a part of the southwest coast of Florida. The analysis of these measurements will help characterize the current conditions for the three sites and explain the relation between upgradient water levels and southwest coastal stream flows, and the possible interaction between southwest coastal waters and the waters of Florida Bay. The data can also be used as input to hydrodynamic and water-quality models.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This project is now part of the Tides and Inflows in the Mangrove Ecotone (TIME) Model Development project.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Victor A. Levesque
Dataset Title: Flow Data (Levesque)
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Data Presentation Form: text filesOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/levesque/levesqueflow.html
Start Date: 1996-10-01Stop Date: 1998-12-31
BIOSPHERE > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > DISCHARGE/FLOW
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > SURFACE WATER > RIVERS/STREAMS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > CONDUCTIVITY
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > DISSOLVED GASES
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > PH
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > PHOSPHOROUS COMPOUNDS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > WATER TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > MANGROVES
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
Quality The positional accuracy is 30 meters with the positions acquired using differential corrected GPS.
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Size: 2.3
Distribution Format: ASCII
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: levesque at usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey The University Center For Business 10500 University Center Drive, Suite 215
Province or State: FL
Postal Code: 33612-6427
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: alicia.m.aleman at nasa.gov
Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Fishman, M. J., Friedman, L. C., 1985, Methods for Determination of Inorganic Substances in Water and Fluvial Sediments Sediments, USGS Open-File Report, OFR 85-495, Reston, VA, U.S. Geological Survey,
This report is no longer current and has been superseded by a more recent publication: USGS Report TWRI -05-A1: 1989.
Levesque, Victor A., 2004, Water Flow and Nutrient Flux from Five Estuarine Rivers along the Southwest Coast of the Everglades National Park, USGS Scientific Investigations Report, 2004-5142, Reston, VA,
U.S. Geological Survey.
Stoker, Y. E., Levesque, V. A.; Fritz, E. M., 1996, Discharge, water-quality characteristics, and nutrient loads from McKay Bay, Delaney Creek, and East Bay, Tampa, Florida, 1991-1993, USGS Water Resources Investigations Report, 95-4167, Tallahassee, FL, U.S. Geological Survey, Prepared in cooperation with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
Stoker, Y. E., Levesque, V. A.; Woodham, W. M., 1996, The effect of discharge and water quality of the Alafia River, Hillsborough River, and the Tampa Bypass Canal on nutrient loading to Hillsborough Bay, Florida, USGS Water Resources Investigations Report, 95-4107,Tallahassee, FL, U.S. Geological Survey.
U.S. Geologcial Survey, 1989, Methods for determination of inorganic substances in water and fluvial sediments,3rd, USGS Techniques of Water-Resource Investigation, 05-A1, Washington, DC, U.S. Geological Survey, Fishman, M. J. And Friedman, L. C., eds
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-04-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-05-13