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North Carolina NERR Monitoring Program

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

Description:  North Carolina's estuarine system is the third largest in the country, encompassing more the two million acres. This system is of prime economic importance to the coastal area -- 90 percent of the commercial seafood species caught in the state spends at least part of their lives in an estuary. The North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve was established to preserve these fragile natural areas and the variety of life they support. The state is representative of two major biogeographic regions located north (Virginian) and south (Carolinian) of Cape Hatteras. Therefore, NOAA and the state of North Carolina created a multi-component reserve with the following sites: Currituck Banks (960 acres near Corolla), Rachel Carson (2,625 acres near Beaufort), Masonboro Island (5,097 acres near Wrightsville Beach) and Zeke’s Island (1,165 acres near Kure Beach).

Web Site:  http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/

Duration:  01/01/1995 to present  (as of 08/20/2012)

Program Contact:  Rebecca Ellin

Program Contact Email:  Rebecca.ellin@ncmail.net

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/Resources/Contact-Us/43.aspx

Program Purpose:  The North Carolina Coastal Reserve (NCCR) & National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NCNERR) is a network of ten protected sites established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This program protects more than 41,000 acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists. Four of the Reserve components are designated as NCNERR sites: Currituck Banks, Rachel Carson, Masonboro Island, and Zeke’s Island. The state supported sites in the NCCR are Kitty Hawk Woods, Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge, Buxton Woods, Permuda Island, Bald Head Woods, and Bird Island.

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 NCNERR 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:  11 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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