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Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR Monitoring Program

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

Description:  The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses approximately 55,000 acres of salt marsh and mangrove tidal wetlands, oyster bars, estuarine lagoons, upland habitat and offshore seas in Northeast Florida. It contains the northern most extent of mangrove habitat on the east coast of the United States. The coastal waters of the GTM Reserve are important calving grounds for the endangered Right Whale. Manatees, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons find refuge in the reserve.

Web Site:  http://www.gtmnerr.org/

Duration:  01/01/1999 to present  (as of 08/20/2012)

Program Contact:  Mike Shirley

Program Contact Email:  Michael.Shirley@dep.state.fl.us

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/

Program Purpose:  The National Estuarine Research Reserve System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) tracks short-term variability and long-term changes in estuarine waters to understand how human activities and natural events can change ecosystems. It provides valuable long-term data on water quality and weather at frequent time intervals. The reserve system currently measures physical and chemical water quality indicators, nutrients and the impacts of weather on estuaries. One aspect of SWMP is the measurement of basic physical water quality parameters. Each of the twenty-six reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System uses special dataloggers called datasondes with an array of sensors that record temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, and water depth every 30 minutes at four separate sites. These parameters are important indicators of habitat quality for numerous estuarine species and to determine health criteria and human uses. To learn more about these parameters check

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

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