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Sapelo Island NERR Monitoring Program

Sponsoring Organization:  NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)

Description:  The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR), located on the western perimeter of Sapelo, is dedicated to research, education, stewardship, and sound management of coastal resources in Georgia. Specifically, we focus on the natural, cultural, and historical resources of Sapelo Island and the Duplin River estuary. SINERR, one of 27 reserves around the country, is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. SINERR participates in the NERR System-wide Monitoring Program, which measures changes in estuarine water quality to track the health of our nation's National Estuarine Research Reserves and coastal areas. It provides valuable long-term data on water quality and weather at high frequency time intervals to researchers, natural resource managers, and other coastal decision makers.

Web Site:  http://www.sapelonerr.org/

Duration:  01/01/1987 to present  (as of 01/05/2017)

Program Contact:  Rachel Guy

Program Contact Email:  rachel.guy@dnr.ga.gov

Program Contact Web URL:  http://sapelonerr.org/about-us/reserve-staff/

Program Purpose:  Sapelo Island NERR research and monitoring programs aim to promote and provide support for coastal environment, specifically estuarine, research efforts within the NERR System and the SINERR. Representatives of University of Georgia Marine Institute, University of Georgia School of Marine Programs, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia Marine Extension Program, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern University are among those pursuing research on the Reserve. NERR System initiatives include the System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)for water quality and meteorological monitoring within each reserve's watershed. The data collected provides a national baseline for assessment of short-term variability and long-term trends in our nation's estuaries. Other SINERR projects include habitat restoration, oyster reef ecological studies, and invasive species monitoring. SINERR also participates in the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research (GCE LTER) program

Data Access Web URL:  http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu/get/landing.cfm

Data Access Information:  Data is available from the NERR Centralized Data Management Office

Data Access Policy Web URL:  http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu/data/policy.cfm

Sampling Design:  The research sector of SINERR is managed according to the Reserve management plan, the NERRS strategic plan, and the NERRS Research and Monitoring Plan (2006-2011, http://nerrs.noaa.gov/pdf/Research_Monitoring.pdf). The NERRS Research and Monitoring Plan (2006-2011) provides four goals that direct the system-wide research and monitoring efforts.

Sampling Frequency:  Continuous water quality and weather monitoring, with near-real-time data access

Quality Assurance Plan:  All NERR SWMP data incur primary data QAQC at the individual NERR by Reserve staff. The CDMO provides the Reserve with tools such as Microsoft Excel macros and data management software. Excel macros format the data to the proper specifications with the appropriate headers and data management software (GemTeck EQWin) identifies data set outliers, large changes in the data, generates reports, statistics and graphs. Data are then submitted to the CDMO where it undergoes secondary QAQC. The data and its accompanying documentation, metadata, are checked for completeness and against each other before being disseminated via the CDMO Online Data Information Server (http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu). For more information, please visit the National Estuarine Research Reserve webpage http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Monitoring/Data.html.

Monitoring Stations:  18 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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