Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Database

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Principal Investigator
Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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Dataset ID:MAR-PR-Wtable-RR-2009.01
Dataset Title:Marsh water table height, logging data from the railroad Spartina marsh site on the Parker River for April-November 2009.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Anne
Last Name:Giblin
Address line 1:Ecosystems Center
Address line 2:MBL
Address line 3:7 MBL St
City:Woods Hole
State:MA
Zip Code:02543
Country:USA
Associate Investigators:Rebecca Prosser, Colin Millar
Keywords:PIE LTER, Plum Island Ecosystems, Massachusetts, Parker River, disturbance, estuary, Spartina, water table, porewater, marsh, elevation
Abstract:Measurements of water table height in the Parker River marsh located downstream of the railroad bridge. Measurements were taken every 5 minutes at each logger along a transect of water level loggers running perpendicular to the Parker River bank at the railroad site, MAR-PR-Wtable-RR for April-November 2009.
Contact: Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
7 MBL St
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone (508) 289 7485
Email: pie_im@mbl.edu
Online URL: http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/PIE/
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
Data File URL http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/PIE/data/MAR/data/MAR-PR-Wtable-RR-2009.csv
Data File Name MAR-PR-Wtable-RR-2009
Beginning Date 4/8/2009
End Date 11/23/2009
Number of Data Records 56668
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description no new data for 2009, collection done
Log of Changes: Version 01: January 30, 2012, updated data and metadata. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 1/27/12 4:35 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
 
RESEARCH LOCATION: MAR-PR-Wtable-RR Site 2
Geographic Description Lower Parker river, down-stream of railroad bridge, Spartina-dominated marsh edge, river kilometer is PR-12.75  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate    
East Bounding Coordinate    
North Bounding Coordinate    
South Bounding Coordinate    
OR if single point location    
Latitude 42.7614769944444  
Longitude -70.8587591611111  
Elevation    
     
     
 
TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied Spartina alterniflora; Spartina patens
 
Methods:A transect of wells is established on the marsh platform, perpendicular to the marsh edge. A total of 5 wells are dug to the depth of the water table under the marsh platform. Wells 1-4 are spaced approximately evenly within the first 6m of marsh edge with well 5 approximately 20m upland from the marsh edge. A water level logger, referred to as the tide gauge, (Onset HOBO U20 series) is placed at the river bottom directly in front of the transect . Individual water level loggers (Onset HOBO U20 series) are used in each well and they measure water height in terms of absolute pressure. Barometric pressure is measured above ground with an additional Onset HOBO U20 series water level logger to tease out the atmospheric pressure from water column pressure. Prior to deployment, each water level logger is sealed in protective plastic whirl-pak bags filled with freshwater, and calibrated to known water depths. Once in the field, water height measurements, in terms of absolute pressure, are recorded every 5 minutes. Pressure readings are uploaded from the HOBO water level loggers using HOBOware software which compensates for temperature, fluid density, and barometric pressure, then are converted to absolute water height above the river bottom. Data is QA/QC'd to ensure that the loggers report the same flood water elevation on the marsh surface. The surface elevation of the marsh as measured by the marsh water level loggers must match that of the gps'd surface elevation. Any corrections made to a particular logger data field (logger # Dc (m)) are reported in the Offset corr field (Offset corr logger # (m)).



Well Location Information:
Logger Well Height of Marsh Surface Above Creek Bottom (m) Horizontal Distance Upland of Creek Edge (m)
1 (tide gauge) 0 -9.49
2 1 2.64 -1.13
3 2 2.92 0.00
4 3 2.98 1.46
5 4 3.04 3.90
6 5 3.06 21.60

Logger 1 tide gauge located on river bottom.
Marsh wells 1-5, numbered consecutively moving upland.

NOTES AND COMMENTS: Due to occasional equipment malfunction, readings are not continuous throughout the field season. Times in EST.

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Time Date and minute of water height measurement (EST)   datetime     mm-dd-yyyy hh:mm   blank cell
Logger 1(tide gauge) Dc (m) Depth of water (in m) above creek bottom relative to the tide gauge meter ratio   real     blank cell
Offset corr logger 1 (m) corrections made (in m) to match marsh surface elevation to gps elevation meter ratio   real     blank cell
Logger 2 Dc (m) Depth of water (in m) above creek bottom relative to the tide gauge meter ratio   real     blank cell
Offset corr logger 2 (m) corrections made (in m) to match marsh surface elevation to gps elevation meter ratio   real     blank cell
Logger 3 Dc (m) Depth of water (in m) above creek bottom relative to the tide gauge meter ratio   real     blank cell
Offset corr logger 3 (m) corrections made (in m) to match marsh surface elevation to gps elevation meter ratio   real     blank cell
Logger 4 Dc (m) Depth of water (in m) above creek bottom relative to the tide gauge meter ratio   real     blank cell
Offset corr logger 4 (m) corrections made (in m) to match marsh surface elevation to gps elevation meter ratio   real     blank cell
Logger 5 Dc (m) Depth of water (in m) above creek bottom relative to the tide gauge meter ratio   real     blank cell
Offset corr logger 5 (m) corrections made (in m) to match marsh surface elevation to gps elevation meter ratio   real     blank cell
Logger 6 Dc (m) Depth of water (in m) above creek bottom relative to the tide gauge meter ratio   real     blank cell
Offset corr logger 6 (m) corrections made (in m) to match marsh surface elevation to gps elevation meter ratio   real     blank cell
Comments Information pertaining to individual data points   nominal         blank cell