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North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's (NERR) Estuarine Water Quality Data for the North Inlet and Winyah Bay Estuaries, Georgetown, South Carolina: 1993-2002

Metadata Updated: May 17, 2013

The North Inlet Estuary and the adjacent lower northeastern section of the Winyah Bay Estuary were designated as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System in 1992. The North Inlet-Winyah Bay (NIW) NERR's water quality monitoring program began on October 25, 1993. The System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) was initiated in 1995 to set protocols for monitoring the estuarine environment at all NERR sites. Water quality data for the NIW NERR were collected under these protocols throughout the rest of the dataset. Four sites were chosen to best represent pristine and impacted locations within the reserve and data were collected using dataloggers automated instruments used to record water quality indicators. The Oyster Landing site is located near the center of the reserve and the Clambank site is located on a waterway that receives run-off from the undeveloped area of the reserve, both are considered pristine. The Debidue Creek and Thousand Acre sites are located in waterways that receive run-off from heavily developed areas. Dataloggers were mounted in 4 inch diameter PVC pipes, strapped to treated 2 inch by 6 inch boards, and then attached with stainless steel bands to a piling at each site. The PVC pipes that house the dataloggers have two large cut out "windows" near the bottom to give the probes direct contact with the water column. A stop bolt placed through the PVC pipe below the windows keeps the datalogger exactly one foot (30 cm) above the creek bottom. Measurements of water temperature, specific conductivity, salinity, dissolved oxygen (percent saturation and mg/L), water level, pH, and turbidity were taken every 30 minutes over collecting periods of approximately two weeks. The two-week sampling period was chosen based on the expected battery life of the datalogger and to minimize the impact of biofouling on the individual probes. At the end of the collecting period the dataloggers were brought to the laboratory, the data were downloaded, and the instruments were cleaned and recalibrated following the relevant service manual and SWMP protocols. Post-calibration readings were also taken from each instrument in fresh standard to determine if any of the probes exhibited drift. After approximately 24 hours of down time, the dataloggers were re-deployed. Down time was minimized whenever possible by using extra dataloggers in rotation for back-to-back deployments. This database and metadata document are the Baruch Institute's versions, are independent of the NERR/CDMO versions, and follow Baruch's quality control and assurance procedures in addition to NERR SWMP protocols.

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Dates

Metadata Date November 21, 2003
Metadata Created Date March 14, 2013
Metadata Updated Date May 17, 2013
Reference Date(s) November 21, 2003 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 21, 2003
Metadata Created Date March 14, 2013
Metadata Updated Date May 17, 2013
Reference Date(s) November 21, 2003 (publication)
Responsible Party Univ. of South Carolina's Baruch Institute (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: Following academic courtesy standards, the PIs (originators), the North Inlet - Winyah Bay NERR site, the University of South Carolina's Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, and Grantor (see Data Set Credit section) should be fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of these data are used. Use of the data without completely reading and understanding the metadata is not recommended. The Baruch Institute, Baruch Institute researchers, and Grantor are not responsible for the use and/or misuse of data from this database. See the section on Distribution Liability for more information., Access Constraints: None; however, it is strongly recommended that these data be acquired directly from the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way.
Bbox East Long -79.153
Bbox North Lat 33.366
Bbox South Lat 33.296
Bbox West Long -79.270
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
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Licence According to the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences: The data sets are only as good as the quality assurance and quality control procedures outlined in the Metadata. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use in any further analyses or comparisons. No warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of any data collected, managed, or disseminated for general or scientific purposes by the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly required that these data be directly acquired from the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. Neither the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, nor the National Science Foundation shall be held liable for unprofessional use of the data described and/or contained herein. According to the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Data Dissemination Policy for the NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program: The dataset enclosed within this package/transmission is only as good as the quality assurance/quality control procedures outlined by the enclosed metadata reporting statement. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data.
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Temporal Extent Begin 1993-10-25T1400
Temporal Extent End 2002-12-31T2330

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