Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Database

Acceptance and utilization of LTER data requires that:

(1) The Principal Investigator be sent a notice stating reasons for acquiring any data and a description of the publication intentions.
(2) The Principal Investigator of the data set be sent a copy of the report or manuscript prior to submission and be adequately cited in any resultant publications.
(3) A copy of any resultant publications should be sent to:

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

Dataset URLs:METADATA: HTML, Rich Text, XML(EML compliant)
DATA: Comma Delimited, Excel file with Metadata and data
Dataset ID:MON-PR-Met15min2006.04
Dataset Title:Year 2006, meteorological data, 15 minute intervals, from weather station located at the Governor's Academy located in Byfield, MA.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Chuck
Last Name:Hopkinson
Address line 1:Georgia Sea Grant
Address line 2:University of Georgia
Address line 3:229 Marine Sciences
Zip Code:30602
Associate Investigators:Hap Garritt
Keywords:PIE LTER, Massachusetts, Byfield, primary production, climate, meteorology, temperature, precipitation, rain, humidity, solar, radiation, PAR, wind, pressure
Abstract:Year 2004 meteorological measurements at Governor's Academy of air temperature, humidity, precipitation, solar radiation, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), wind speed and direction and barometric pressure. Sensors conduct measurements every 5 secs and measurements are reported as averages or totals for 15 minute intervals.
15 minute averages are reported for air temperature, humidity, solar radiation, PAR, wind speed and direction and barometric pressure.
15 minute totals are reported for precipitation.
Contact: Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
7 MBL St
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone (508) 289 7485
Online URL:
Data File URL
Data File Name MON-PR-Met15min2006
Beginning Date 1/1/2006
End Date 12/31/2006
Number of Data Records 35040
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description Final data set for Year 2006
Log of Changes: Version 01, 25Sep2007, EML metadata level 4-5 compliant.
Version 02, 25Jan2010, keyword update
Version 03: November 2, 2012, updated data and metadata. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 3/23/12 12:08 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
Version 04, 09May2013, metadata and data updated to comply with importation to Drupal and LTER PASTA. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 3/14/12 12:02 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
Geographic Description PIE meteorological station at Governor's Academy, Byfield, MA  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate    
East Bounding Coordinate    
North Bounding Coordinate    
South Bounding Coordinate    
OR if single point location    
Latitude 42.751484  
Longitude -70.902407  
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied
Methods:The data file is a summary of daily weather data from the PIE LTER weather station located at Governor 's Academy in Byefield, MA.
The weather station is solar powered using a Solarex MSX-20 20 watt solar module including a 12V charger and regulator and 12 AH lead acid battery. The system was supplied by Campbell Scientific Inc.,
The data logger is supplied by Campbell Scientific CR10X-1M data logger with 1 megabyte memory storage module and PC208W Windows data logging software.
The enclosure and tower is a Campbell Scientific ENC 12/14 (12 X 14 weather proof enclosure), CM10 (10 tripod, grounding kit and CM10 guy wire kit.
Data telemetry/Communication
at Remote Site/Weather station, Governor's Academy
- RF 310M, RF Modem for use w/Maxon radios
- RF 310, Maxon radio for 148-174 MHZ 158.34 MHZ
- Yagi antenna Antennex Y1503 3DB 150-174 MHz
at Base station, Rowley field station
- RF 310B Base station for use w/Maxon radio
- FG1563, Omni directional antenna 155-162 MHZ, 3 DB gain

Sensors used:
Temperature and Humidity
Vaisala HMP45C temperature and humidity sensor with solar radiation shield. Specifications: +/- 1% accuracy over 40 to 60 C temperature range

Precipitation gauge
Texas Electronic TE525WS-L, 8 rain gage with CS705 precipitation adapter for snow fall. Specifications: +/- 1% accuracy up to 1 in./hr.

Solar radiation, 400-1100 nm, Licor LI200X-L pyranometer, mounted at 3 meter height
Specifications: +/- 3% typical accuracy

Photosynthetically active radiation, 400-700 nm, Licor LI190SB quantum sensor, mounted at 3 meter height
Specifications: +/- 5% calibration, National Institute of Standards Technology

Wind speed and direction
RM Young 05103 Wind monitor, mounted at 3 meter height

Barometric pressure
Vaisala PTB101B
Specifications: +/- 4 mB @ -20oC to +45o C.

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Date date and time (DD-MON-YYYY)   datetime     DD-MON-YYYY    
Time time of day (hh:mm), (eastern standard time EST), 24 hour format   datetime     hh:mm    
Julian julian day number interval   integer   NA NA = not available
Precip total precipitation, wet only, rain and snow (mm) millimeter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Pyranometer solar radiation (kW m-2), 15 minute average kilowattPerMeterSquared ratio   real   NA NA = not available
PAR photosynthetically active radiation (M m-2 sec-1), 15 minute average micromolePerMeterSquaredPerSecond ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Temp air temperature (Celsius), 15 minute average celsius interval   real   NA NA = not available
RH relative humidity (percent), 15 minute average percent ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Wind wind speed (m sec-1), 15 minute average meterPerSecond ratio   real   NA NA = not available
WindDir wind direction (degrees), 15 minute average degree interval   real   NA NA = not available
BAR barometer (mbar), 15 minute average millibar ratio   real   NA NA = not available