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GCE LTER Climate Monitoring

Sponsoring Organization:  Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research (GCE LTER)

Description:  Four meteorological stations, operated and maintained by various institutions affiliated with the GCE LTER program, are used to characterize the weather and climate over a large spatial scale within the GCE LTER domain. Three of these stations are located on Sapelo Island at Marsh Landing, Flume Dock and the Marine Institute. The Marine Institute maintains a National Weather Service station for daily min/max temperatures and precipitation, and data exist back to 1957. The Marsh Landing and Flume Dock stations measure various semi-hourly hydrological and quarter-hourly meteorological parameters, and data exist back to 1986. Campbell Scientific Instruments equipment belonging to the SINERR program and made available for the GCE-LTER project was upgraded to LTER Level 2 climate standards in February 2002, and installed at Marsh Landing in July 2002. This station now serves as our primary LTER meteorological station for inter-comparison studies and ClimDB. A fourth station is located on Hudson Creek in Meridian and is maintained by USGS and GCE personnel. This station has been operational since March 2001 and provisional data on hydrological and meteorological parameters are acquired semi-hourly and hourly respectively.

Web Site:  http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/research/mon/climate.htm

Duration:  05/01/2000 to present  (as of 08/14/2012)

Program Contact:  Wade Sheldon

Program Contact Email:  sheldon@uga.edu

Program Contact Web URL:  http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/app/personnel_bios.asp?id=wsheldon

Data Access Web URL:  http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/data/data.htm

Data Access Information:  As a member of the NSF Long Term Ecological Research Network, the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Program is committed to providing access to data collected under the auspices of our project in a timely fashion. Study results will be published in the scientific literature, and documented data sets and other information will be provided on the World Wide Web for legitimate scientific and educational purposes. Access to GCE resources varies by resource type and user affiliation, and requires acceptance of the GCE LTER Data Use Agreement.

Data Access Policy Web URL:  http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/im/data_access.htm

Sampling Design:  Meteorological sensors are deployed at fixed locations across the study area, and various parameters are automatically measured and logged at 15-30 minute intervals continuously.

Sampling Frequency:  15-30 minutes

Sample Collection:  Electronic sensor readings are recorded by autonomous data loggers at 15-30 minutes intervals, and remotely downloaded by GOES satellite or microwave telemetry for analysis.

Data Collection Area Name:  Marsh Landing, Meridian Landing, UGA Marine Institute

Monitoring Stations:  3 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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