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:WAT-YSI-SIGMA-timeseries.05
Dataset Title:Time series of nutrient grab samples from Ipswich River and Parker River watershed catchments with frequency ranging from weekly to monthly between 2001 and 2011.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Wilfred
Last Name:Wollheim
Address line 1:Morse Hall
Address line 2:UNH
Address line 3:
City:Durham
State:NH
Zip Code:03824
Country:USA
Associate Investigators:Brian Pellerin, Joe Thouin, Nat Morse
Keywords:PIE LTER, inorganic nutrients, organic matter, Ipswich River, Parker River, catchments, Plum Island, Massachusetts, ammonium, dissolved, nitrate, nitrogen, nutrient, phosphate, phosphorus, silicate, organic, carbon, particulates, sediment
Abstract:Time series of nutrient grab samples collected by hand (i.e. not with the Sigma autosampler) with frequency ranging from weekly to monthly between 2001 and 2011 Sites include three headwater catchments of contrasting land use (forest, urban, wetland), and the mouth of the two main watersheds draining to the Plum Island Estuary (Ipswich and Parker R.). An additional time series was collected for a site in the Upper Ipswich at North Reading and at Fish Br. in Boxford this sampling was ended in 2002. All Samples were analysed for NO3, NO2, NH4, PO4, TDN and DOC. Si was analyzed until 2002. Particulates, anions and TSS have been analyzed since 2006.
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/WAT/data/WAT-YSI-SIGMA-timeseries.csv
Data File Name WAT-YSI-SIGMA-timeseries
Beginning Date 6/12/2001
End Date 10/5/2011
Number of Data Records 839
Other Files to Reference All files with YSI, and nutrient data
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description Updated periodically
Log of Changes: Version 01, 4Oct2007, EML 4-5 level,
Version 02, 1Dec2007, updated to include recent data
Version 03, 7Jan2010, updated to include recent data
Version 04, 20Feb2011, metadata updates for import to Drupal
Version 05, 07Jun2012, data and metadata update. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 3/23/2012 12:08 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
Version 06, 14May2013, metadata and data updated to comply with importation to Drupal and LTER PASTA. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 3/14/13 12:02 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
 
RESEARCH LOCATION: WAT-PR-Newbury-CC WAT-IP-Burlington-SB WAT-IP-Reading-CS WAT-IP-Ipswich-ID WAT-PR-Newbury-PD WAT-IP-NReading-IR WAT-IP-Boxford-FB  
Geographic Description Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Cart Creek (forest landuse), Newbury, MA Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Saw Mill Brook (urban landuse), Burlington, MA Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Cedar Swamp (wetland landuse), Reading, MA Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Ipswich River Sylvania Dam, Ipswich, MA Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Parker River Central St Dam, Newbury, MA Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Ipswich River at N. Reading site, North Reading, MA Watershed water collection and stream characterization site for Fish Brook, Boxford, MA  
Location Bounding Box                
West Bounding Coordinate                
East Bounding Coordinate                
North Bounding Coordinate                
South Bounding Coordinate                
OR if single point location                
Latitude 42.7692 42.5236 42.5495 42.677543 42.750007 42.5562566 42.65831  
Longitude -70.9165 -71.185 -71.0909 -70.837687 -70.929216 -71.109331 -71.004821  
Elevation                
                 
                 
 
TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Taxonomic Protocols
Organisms studied
 
Methods:Samples were originally kept cold until filtered within several days of collection, and since 2002 have been filtered immediately in the field. Filtered samples were frozen until analysis. Particulate samples are filtered in the lab using vacuum filtration., and TSS is calculated from the mass of particulates per volume of sample. Particulate C and N mass was calculated by analyzing the filters using a CHN analyzer, and converted to concentration by dividing by the filtered volume. Analysis was conducted at UNH either by the lab of Ted Loder (samples with grid-code = UNH_Grab) at MBL (grid-code = Sigma Grab and Lab_ID = NA) or at UNH by the lab of Bill McDowell (grid-code = Sigma Grab and Lab_ID = McDowell Lab). Samples analyzed at the McDowell Lab below the detection limit were entered as 0. The detection limit is 5 g/L for NH4 (0.36 M) , PO4 (0.16 M) and NO3 (0.36 M).

Samples were analysed using Lachat methods.

RESEARCH LOCATION: x and y coordinates given below are in MA State Plane NAD83 (meters). Sites were georeferenced to a gridded river network with 120m grid sizes. X and Y coordinates reflect slight shifts to ensure proper placement on the digital river network. Contributing area is listed in km2.

Permanent_ID Site X Site Y Description
YSI-SB 225840 919310 Suburban Headwater Stream
YSI-CC 247680 946790 Forested Headwater Stream
YSI-CS Wetland Headwater Stream
YSI-IR 232080 923630 Upper Ipswich R.
YSI-FB 240600 934310 Fish Br.
IP24 254280 936350 Mouth of the Ipswich (Sylvania Dam)
10 246600 944510 Mouth of the Parker (Central St.)

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Permanent_ID station ID   nominal YSI-CC = Cart Creek (forest) | YSI-CS = Cedar Swamp (wetland) | YSI-SB = Saw Mill Br (urban) | IP24 = Ipswich R. Dam Ipswich | 10 = Parker R. Dam Byfield | YSI-IR = upper Ipswich R. in N. Reading | YSI-FB = Fish Br. In Boxford     NA NA = not available
SampleType Identifies the type of sample collected   nominal UNH-GRAB = Grab sample collected by UNH prior to 2003 | Sigma-GRAB = Grab sample collected by either MBL (prior to 2004) or UNH (after 2004)     NA NA = not available
Lab_id ID used to track sample through lab   nominal PK* = unique sample identifier for samples analysed in the Loder Lab at UNH | McDowellLab_YYYY = analysis at the McDowell Lab in year YYYY | NA = sample analysed at MBL prior to 2003     NA NA = not available
Date date (dd-mm-yyyy)   datetime     dd-mm-yyyy NA NA = not available
NO3 nitrate + nitrite-N (M-N) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
NH4 ammonium-N (M-N) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
PO4 soluble reactive phosphorus (M-P) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
NO2 nitrite-N (M-N) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Si dissolved silica (M-S) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Cl chloride (M-Cl) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
SO4 dissolved sulfate (M-S) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
Br bromide (M-Br) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
TDN total dissolved nitrogen (M-N) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
DON dissolved organic nitrogen (M-N) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
DOC dissolved organic carbon (M-C) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
PON particulate organic nitrogen (M-N) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
POC particulate organic carbon (M-C) micromolePerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available
TSS Total Suspended Solids (mg/L) milligramPerLiter ratio   real   NA NA = not available