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North Inlet Winyah Bay Monitoring Program

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

Description:  The North Inlet Winyah Bay reserve features the salt marshes and ocean dominated tidal creeks of the North Inlet Estuary plus the brackish waters and marshes of the adjacent Winyah Bay Estuary. North Inlet is a relatively pristine system in which water and habitat quality are much higher than those in Winyah Bay. As the estuary with the third largest watershed on the east coast,Winyah Bay has been greatly influenced by agriculture, industry and other human activities. More than 90 percent of North Inlet's watershed is in its natural forested state The reserve is home to many threatened and endangered species, including sea turtles, sturgeons, least terns and wood storks.

Web Site:  http://www.northinlet.sc.edu/

Duration:  01/01/1972 to present  (as of 08/20/2012)

Program Contact:  Wendy Allen

Program Contact Email:  wendy@belle.baruch.sc.edu

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.northinlet.sc.edu/staff.htm

Program Purpose:  A comprehensive research program, ranging from studies of molecular processes to ecological landscapes has evolved here at the North Inlet Winyah Bay Reserve. The primary focus of the research program is the NERR system-wide monitoring program. The NIWB NERR has four monitoring sites: Clambank Creek, Debidue Creek, Oyster Landing, and Thousand Acre.

Data Access Web URL:  http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu/get/export.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 NINERR 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:  10 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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