Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Database

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(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

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DATA: Comma Delimited, Excel file with Metadata and data
Dataset ID:PHY-PR-Dimensions1993-1996.01
Dataset Title:Year 1993 to 1996 High tide width, depth, distance (from the Parker River Dam), volume, and surface area data.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Joe
Last Name:Vallino
Address line 1:Ecosystems Center
Address line 2:MBL
Address line 3:7 MBL St
City:Woods Hole
Zip Code:02543
Associate Investigators:Charles Hopkinson, Robert Garritt, Anne Giblin, Jane Tucker
Keywords:PIE LTER, Parker River, Plum Island Sound, river, volume, area, width, depth, dimensions, physical, hydrology, geomorphology, bathymetry
Abstract:Year 1993 to 1996 High tide width, depth, distance (from the Parker River Dam), volume, and surface area data.
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 PHY-PR-Dimensions1993-1996
Beginning Date 1/1/1993
End Date 1/1/1996
Number of Data Records 27
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Version 01: February 28, 2012, updated data and metadata. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 2/9/12 1:33 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
Geographic Description PIE LTER research site including watersheds and estuary, Essex County, MA  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate -71.22  
East Bounding Coordinate -70.75  
North Bounding Coordinate 42.83  
South Bounding Coordinate 42.5  
OR if single point location    
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied
Methods:Cross-sectional areas between bends of the Parker River Estuary were measured at high tide. Volume and surface area were then computed using the cross sectional areas and distance.

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
STATION station   nominal         blank cell
DIST distance from Parker Dam (m) meter ratio   real     blank cell
AREA cross sectional area of estuary (m2) meterSquared ratio   real     blank cell
WIDTH width (m) meter ratio   real     blank cell
DEPTH depth (m) meter ratio   real     blank cell
VOL SEG volume of segment (m3) meterCubed ratio   real     blank cell
VOL CUM cumulative volume from Parker Dam (m3) meterCubed ratio   real     blank cell
S AREA SEG surface area of segment (m2) meterSquared ratio   real     blank cell
S AREA CUM cumulative surface area from Parker Dam (m2) meterSquared ratio   real     blank cell