Mobile Bay Real-time Continuous Environmental Monitoring -- Cedar Point (2010-present)

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Publication_Date:
2011
Title:
Mobile Bay Real-time Continuous Environmental Monitoring -- Cedar Point (2010-present)
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place:
Dauphin Island, AL
Publisher:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Other_Citation_Details:
None
Online_Linkage:
http://www.mymobilebay.com/stationdata/StationInfo.asp?jday=&property=&chartyear=&StationID=830
Description:
Abstract:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program have partnered with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Mobile County to provide real-time meteorological and hydrographic data from Cedar Point, AL. Near real-time data are available in a user-friendly format at www.mymobilebay.com. Informative pop-ups describe each parameter and graphs of each may be displayed for the visitor to the website. Researchers may download the data in a spreadsheet format for further analysis.
Purpose:
The value of coastal observing systems is recognized by the U.S. Congress, the National Ocean Partnership Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. Recent reports by the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy have decried the lack of information from near coastal waters on which to base management decisions and recommended monitoring programs linked to strong research. Reasons for continuous, real-time observations of meteorological and hydrographic parameters include (1) continuous characterization of spatial and temporal patterns of change in water quality, (2) development of a permanent record of significant and human caused changes in environmental indicators over time, and (3) support for research activities through the availability of consistent, scientifically valid data. An additional benefit of real-time observation is the potential for the public to track and learn about water quality conditions. Many coastal dwellers are uninformed about conditions in nearby estuaries because they do not have access to current information about parameters such as water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen levels and water level and they may fail to appreciate the complexity of interactions in estuarine ecosystems.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date:
200804
Ending_Date:
Present
Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Status:
Progress:
In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency:
As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate:
-88.13953
East_Bounding_Coordinate:
-88.13953
North_Bounding_Coordinate:
30.30845
South_Bounding_Coordinate:
30.30845
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:
None
Theme_Keyword:
monitoring
Theme_Keyword:
near real-time
Theme_Keyword:
air temperature
Theme_Keyword:
relative humidity
Theme_Keyword:
wind direction
Theme_Keyword:
wind speed
Theme_Keyword:
barometric pressure
Theme_Keyword:
solar radiation
Theme_Keyword:
quantum radiation
Theme_Keyword:
precipitation
Theme_Keyword:
water temperature
Theme_Keyword:
water height
Theme_Keyword:
salinity
Theme_Keyword:
dissolved oxygen percent
Theme_Keyword:
dissolved oxygen mg/L
Theme_Keyword:
meteorological
Theme_Keyword:
hyrdographic
Theme_Keyword:
water quality
Theme_Keyword:
estuarine
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:
ISO Topic
Theme_Keyword:
climatologyMeteorology Atmosphere
Theme_Keyword:
004
Theme_Keyword:
environment
Theme_Keyword:
007
Theme_Keyword:
inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword:
012
Theme_Keyword:
oceans
Theme_Keyword:
014
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
None
Place_Keyword:
Cedar Point
Place_Keyword:
Alabama
Place_Keyword:
Mississippi Sound
Place_Keyword:
Dauphin Island
Access_Constraints:
None
Use_Constraints:
The data herein, including but not limited to geographic data, tabular data, analytical data, electronic data structures or files, are provided as is without warranty of any kind, either expressed, implied, or statutory. This is to include, but is not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The user assumes the entire risk as to quality and performance of the data. No guarantee of accuracy is granted, nor is any responsibility for reliance thereon assumed. In no event shall the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special damages of any kind. DISL does not accept liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers, transformations, or conversions, nor is there responsibility assumed to maintain the data in any manner or form. These data have been developed from the best available sources. Efforts have been made to ensure that the data are accurate and reliable, however, errors and variable conditions originating from physical sources used to develop the data may be reflected in the data supplied. Users must be aware of these conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors and other circumstances specific to these data. The user is responsible for understanding accuracy limitations of the data and determining fitness for its use. These data have been processed successfully on computer systems at the DISL, however, no guarantee, expressed or implied is made by DISL regarding the use of these data on any other system, nor does the act of distribution constitute or imply such a warranty. Distribution of these data is intended for information purposes only.
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Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report:
We are conducting range checking on all parameters displayed on the website. "Stuck Sensor" checks are also run daily.
Completeness_Report:
Hydrographic data has been collected since 200804, however meteorological data collection began in 201102. We provide near real time environmental monitoring data on the website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There have been interruptions in the transmission of data. Occasionally stations were damaged by hurricanes, communications were interrupted or sensors failed. For those time periods, data were not written to the data base. When a data string comes in and one or more parameters are missing, then the missing data is flagged -9.
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The range checking program was developed in house. Data that fail the range check are automatically flagged 2 (questionable/suspect), data that pass the range check are flagged 3 (good). The program consists of SQL stored procedures that check each piece of data using the following range criteria: Meteorological Data -- Air Temperature: Sample not greater than 50 degrees Celsius (C)Sample not less than -10 degrees Celsius (C), Humidity: Sample not greater than 100 % Sample not less than 0 %, Wind Direction: Sample not greater than 360 degrees, Wind Speed: Sample not greater than 30 meters per second (m/s)Sample not less than 0.5 meters per second (m/s) for 12 hours consecutively, Barometric Pressure: Sample not greater than 1060 millibars (mb)Sample not less than 900 millibars (mb), Solar Radiation: Sample not greater than 1.5 KW/m2 Sample not less than 0 KW/m2, Quantum Radiation: Sample not greater than 2500 microEinsteins/m2/sec Sample not less than 0 microEinsteins/m2/sec, Precipitation: Sample not greater than 3mm / min Sample not less than 0 mm/min, Hydrographical Data -- Water Temperature: Sample not greater than 45 degrees Celsius (C) Sample not less than -5 degrees Celsius (C), Water Height: Sample not greater than 2.5 m Sample not less than 1.0 m, Salinity: Sample not greater than 40 parts per thousand (ppt) Sample not less than 0 parts per thousand (ppt), Dissolved Oxygen Percent: Sample not greater than 200 percent saturation Sample not less than 0 percent saturation (%), Dissolved Oxygen mg/L: Sample not greater than 20 milligrams per Liter (mg/L) Sample not less than 0 milligrams per Liter (mg/L).
Process_Date:
Not complete
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person:
Renee Collini
Contact_Organization:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
101 Bienville Blvd.
City:
Dauphin Island
State_or_Province:
Al
Postal_Code:
36528
Country:
USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
251-861-2141 ext.7546
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:
rcollini@disl.org
Hours_of_Service:
8-5:00 CST
Contact_Instructions:
Please email for further information.
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Mobile Bay Real-time Continuous Environmental Monitoring, Cedar Point
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
Data are single observations taken at 1 minute intervals unless otherwise specified. Dates are julian days and all times are Central Standard Time. Air Temperature (one minute): measured in celsius (C), Precipitation (one minute): precip total measured in inches (inches), Barometric Pressure (one minute): measured in inches of Hg (in inches of mercury), Solar Radiation (one minute): measured in kW/m2, Quantum Radiation (one minute): measured in µE/m2/s (microEinsteins), Wind Direction (one minute): measured in degrees, Wind Speed (one minute): measured in knots, Winddir10m (ten minute): average wind direction in degrees over 10 min period, Windspeed10m (ten minute): average wind speed in knots over 10 min period, Windspeedmax (ten minute): max wind speed measured in knots over 10 min period,Windspeedmaxtime (ten minute): time of max wind speed, Windspeedmin (ten minute): min wind speed measured in knots over 10 min period, Windspeedmintime (ten minute): time of min wind speed, Air Temperature 60 (sixty minute): hourly average temperature measured in celsius (C), Solar Radiation 60 (sixty minute): hourly solar radiation measured in kW/m2, Wind Direction 60 (sixty minute): hourly average measured in degree, Windspeed 60 (sixty minute): hourly average measured in knots, Quantum Radiation Average 60 (sixty minute): hourly average measured in µE/m2/s (microEinsteins), Quantum Radiation Total 60 (sixty minute): hourly total measured in µE/m2/s (microEinsteins), Precipitation 60 (sixty minute): hourly total measured in inches (inches), Barometric Pressure 60 (sixty minute): hourly average measured in inches of mercury (inches of Hg), Water Temperature: measured in degrees C, Salinity: measured in psu, Water Height: depth measured in meters (distance from the instrument to the surface of water), Dissolved Oxygen Percent: measured in percent, Dissolved Oxygen mg/L: measured in mg/L.
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person:
Renee Collini
Contact_Organization:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
101 Bienville Blvd.
City:
Dauphin Island
State_or_Province:
Al
Postal_Code:
36528
Country:
USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
251-861-2141 ext. 7546
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:
rcollini@disl.org
Hours_of_Service:
8-5:00 CST
Contact_Instructions:
Please email for further information.
Distribution_Liability:
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. Dauphin Island Sea Lab cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date:
201106
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Contact_Person:
Data Management Specialist
Contact_Position:
Data Management Specialist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
101 Bienville Blvd.
City:
Dauphin Island
State_or_Province:
Al
Postal_Code:
36528
Country:
USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
251-861-2141
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:
metadata@disl.org
Hours_of_Service:
8-5:00 CST
Contact_Instructions:
Please email the metadata specialist for further information.
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version:
FGDC-STD-001-1998
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