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.
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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:LTE-EX-ARGILLA-RM-VEGSTN.02
Dataset Title:Geographic information regarding vegetation transects set up at the Argilla Rd. Salt marsh restoration site in Ipswich and a reference marsh (Rough Meadows) in Rowley.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Robert
Last Name:Buchsbaum
Address line 1:Massachusetts Audubon, North Shore
Address line 2:Endicott Regional Center
Address line 3:356 Grapevine Road
City:Wenham
State:MA
Zip Code:01984
Country:USA
Investigator 2: 
First Name:John
Last Name:Catena
Address line 1:National Marine Fisheries Service
Address line 2:
Address line 3:
City:Gloucester
State:MA
Zip Code:
Country:
Investigator 3: 
First Name:Eric
Last Name:Hutchins
Address line 1:National Marine Fisheries Service
City:Gloucester
State:MA
Associate Investigators:
Keywords:LTER, PIE, Plum Island Ecosystems, Massachusetts, Phragmites australis, Spartina alterniflora, primary production, disturbance, population dynamics, salt marsh, restoration, tidal restriction, invasive species, salt marsh vegetation
Abstract:A description of the vegetation transects set up at the Argilla Rd. Salt marsh restoration site in Ipswich and a reference marsh (Rough Meadows) in Rowley.
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/LTE/data/LTE-EX-ARGILLA-RM-VEGSTN.dat
Data File Name LTE-EX-ARGILLA-RM-VEGSTN
Beginning Date 1/1/1995
End Date 1/1/2002
Number of Data Records
Other Files to Reference LTE-EX-ARGILLA-RM-VEGTRAN.xls, LTE-EX-ARGILLA-RM-VEGQUADS.xls
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Version 01, July 20, 2007 Level 3+ EML using Jim Laundre's Excel program
Version 02, 25Jan2010 keywords update
 
RESEARCH LOCATION: Site 1 Site 2
Geographic Description Argilla Rd. salt marsh is located on land owned by the Trustees of Reservations between Castle Hill and Crane Beach. Rough Meadows salt marsh includes marshes located on the north side of Patmos Road in Rowley. Some sections are part of Massachusetts Audubonís Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary and additional sections are owned by Dan McHugh.  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate    
East Bounding Coordinate    
North Bounding Coordinate    
South Bounding Coordinate    
OR if single point location    
Latitude    
Longitude    
Elevation    
     
     
 
TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied Phragmites australis; Spartina alterniflora
 
Methods:Line intercept method as described in Brower, J., J. Zar, and C. von Ende (1990) Field and Laboratory for General Ecology. Wm. C. Brown. Transects typically start at edge of marsh creek in Spartina sp. and run perpendicular from creek into a zone of Phragmites australis. Lengths of individual transects vary from 25-60 m depending on the shape of the marsh sites. The presence of plants within each one meter interval along the transect line was recorded. Data then converted into % frequency.

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
SITE Site where data collected   nominal          
TRANSECT Transect number   nominal          
TRANSECT LENGTH Length in meters of the transect meter interval   real      
YEAR STARTED Year data first collected on that transect   nominal          
CULVERT Whether the transect is upstream or downstream of a culvert   nominal          
LATITUDE CREEK END LATITUDE AT THE CREEK END OF THE TRANSECT, AS MEASURED BY A GARMAN 12 GPS UNIT, SO ACCURACY GENERALLY TO 3-7 METERS degree interval   real      
LONGITUDE CREEK END LONGITUDE AT THE CREEK END OF THE TRANSECT, AS MEASURED BY A GARMAN 12 GPS UNIT, SO ACCURACY GENERALLY TO 3-7 METERS degree interval   real      
LATITUDE UPLAND END LATITUDE AT THE UPLAND (FURTHEST FROM THE CREEK) END OF THE TRANSECT, AS MEASURED BY A GARMAN 12 GPS UNIT, SO ACCURACY GENERALLY TO 3-7 METERS degree interval   real      
LONGITUDE UPLAND END LONGITUDE AT THE UPLAND (FURTHEST FROM THE CREEK) END OF THE TRANSECT, AS MEASURED BY A GARMAN 12 GPS UNIT, SO ACCURACY GENERALLY TO 3-7 METERS degree interval   real      
COMMENTS Comments about data   nominal