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-MBWatLevel2001.04
Dataset Title:Measurements of water column depth at 15 minute intervals in the upper Parker River Estuary at Middle Bridge, year 2001. Water depths are relative to the sonde pressure transducer and not associated with a datum.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Charles
Last Name:Hopkinson
Address line 1:Ecosystems Center
Address line 2:MBL
Address line 3:7 MBL St
City:Woods Hole
Zip Code:02543
Associate Investigators:Hap Garritt
Keywords:PIE LTER, disturbance, Plum Island Ecosystems, Massachusetts, sea level, tide, water level, depth, Parker River, monitoring
Abstract:15 minute readings of water column depth in the upper Parker River Estuary at Middle Bridge. Water depths are relative to the sonde pressure transducer and not associated with a datum.
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-MBWatLevel2001
Beginning Date 5/31/2001
End Date 7/10/2001
Number of Data Records 3821
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Version 01, initial Excel to EML metadata
Version 04, 25Jan2010, keyword update
Geographic Description MON-PR-Middle Bridge YSI Parker River, Middle Road Bridge (Thurlow’s Bridge, Byefield, Massachusetts)  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate    
East Bounding Coordinate    
North Bounding Coordinate    
South Bounding Coordinate    
OR if single point location    
Latitude 42.759  
Longitude -70.9001  
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied
Methods:Measurements are made using a YSI 6600 water quality sonde with internal datalogging capabilities. YSI Sonde water level sensor consists of a vented level depth sensor (stainless steel strain gauge).

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Date Date of sampling   datetime     dd-mmm-yyyy   blank cell
Time Time of sampling (eastern standard time EST)   datetime     hh:mm:ss   blank cell
Station Name of sampling station   nominal         blank cell
Depth Water column depth above sonde pressure transducer meter ratio   real     blank cell
Comments Comments about specific data   nominal         blank cell