Atlantic Ocean Acidification Test-Bed -- OA Time-Series, Cheeca Rocks, Florida Reef Tract FY2012

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Title:
Atlantic Ocean Acidification Test-Bed -- OA Time-Series, Cheeca Rocks, Florida Reef Tract FY2012
Abstract:
The AOAT project is engaged in monitoring/modeling efforts designed to: a) establish methodologies for monitoring, assessing, and modeling the impacts of Ocean Acidification (OA) on coral reef ecosystems, b) identify critical thresholds, impacts, and trends necessary for developing forecasts, c) characterize the variability in carbonate chemistry in coral reef environments, and d) provide data and information needed to inform ecological impact forecasting. Existing projections of OA on coral reef ecosystems (e.g. Silverman et al., 2009) make a core assumption that secular declines in carbonate mineral saturation state (omega, a key parameter of OA interest) are equivalent to those experienced in the oceanic surface waters. Sustained observations at the AOAT, however, reveal considerable complexity and diverge from neighboring oceanic waters during most periods. Seasonal ranges in omega values exceed those anticipated as a consequence of OA over the next several decades. Complexities within near-reef waters are likely the norm and we seek to better model the primary controls on near-reef carbonate chemistry. The AOAT has served as a critical venue to foster research from other agency and academic partners towards the development of techniques which can be applied to monitor OA within reef environments and quantify the local feedbacks that can alter rates and magnitude.
Supplemental_Information:
Time is GMT; O2 is concentration of dissolved O2 in seawater in micromoles; Salinity is in practical salinity units; temperature is in Celsius; CO2 is reported as mole fraction for atmosphere and seawater -9 in the data set indicates that the parameter is unavailable
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Hendee, James C. , 20130601, Atlantic Ocean Acidification Test-Bed -- OA Time-Series, Cheeca Rocks, Florida Reef Tract FY2012.

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.62
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.62
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 20.9
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 20.9

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    Beginning_Date: 08-Dec-2011
    Ending_Date: 28-Sep-2012
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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    James C. Hendee
    Ocean Chemistry Division, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
    Miami, Florida 33149-1026
    USA

    (305) 361-4396 (voice)


Why was the data set created?

OA is expected to reduce the calcification rates of marine organisms, yet we have little understanding of how OA will manifest within dynamic, real-world systems, nor how to accurately measure said manifestation.


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  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

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    Date: May-2013 (process 1 of 1)
    Data have been manually screened and erroneous values due to instrument malfunction have been noted and/or removed.

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    Data has been reviewed and edited in attempt to remove unreliable values.

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    Time, Sea Temperature at surface, Salinity (1 m), Oxygen (uM),xCO2 (umol/mol) for atmosphere and surface seawater are the only parameters available.

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    none


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Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: none

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    James C. Hendee
    Ocean Chemistry Division, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
    Miami, Florida 33149-1026
    USA

    (305) 361-4396 (voice)

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    Disclaimer- While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

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Dates:
Last modified: 13-Aug-2013
Last Reviewed: 01-Jun-2014
Metadata author:
Renee Carlton
Ocean Chemistry Division, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 3149-1026
USA

305-361-4408 (voice)

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FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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