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GCE LTER Water Quality Monitoring

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

Description:  The GCE LTER project monitors nutrient chemistry, chlorophyll concentrations, and vertical profiles of salinity, temperature and photosynthetically-available radiation monthly to document environmental gradients across the GCE landscape.

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

Sampling Design:  Oceanographic surveys are conducted monthly at high and low tide along four estuarine transects in the GCE study area (Sapelo River, Doboy Sound, Altamaha River, Duplin River). Water samples are collected for nutrient and chlorophyll analyses, and CTD vertical profiles are conducted to measure salinity, temperature, and PAR versus depth at each station.

Sampling Frequency:  monthly

Monitoring Stations:  12 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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