ICON - Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 2011 Meteorological and Oceanographic Observations (NODC Accession 0098079)

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Title:
ICON - Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 2011 Meteorological and Oceanographic Observations (NODC Accession 0098079)
Abstract:
The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) of OAR is conducting research on the influence of meteorological and oceanographic factors upon coral bleaching, and other biogeochemical processes occurring on coral reefs. Instrument arrays to measure the various environmental influences are being deployed at key coral reef areas to gain long-term temporally intensive data coverage, to provide near real-time information products, and to surface-truth NOAA satellite sea surface temperature (SST) products used for coral bleaching predictions ("HotSpot" products). OAR has developed expert system software plus the instrument array (together called a Coral Reef Early Warning System, or ICON, station) to screen data in near real-time to test for appropriate data ranges for each of the instruments, and to issue "alerts" as to conditions thought to be conducive to coral bleaching, and other modeled events. At each ICON station, local collaborators also provide feedback on the presence and progress of coral bleaching and thus validate coral bleaching predictions made by satellite HotSpots and ICON information products.
Supplemental_Information:
Salinity is in practical salinity units; Wind speed is in knots; barometric pressure is in hectoPascals; wind direction is in degrees of the compass; temperature is in Celsius; photosynthetically active radiation is in mmol quanta m-2 s-1 ; Ultraviolet Radiation is in units of mW m-2nm-1 Relative humidity is in units of g m-3; Hail/Rain amount is in mm hr-1, hail/rain duration and intensity is in seconds -9 in the data set indicates that the parameter is unavailable
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Hendee, James C. , 20120524, ICON - Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 2011 Meteorological and Oceanographic Observations (NODC Accession 0098079).

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.06
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.06
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 19.699
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 19.699

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  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 01-Jan-2011
    Ending_Date: 31-Dec-2011
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    Definition of Data Fields Term Definition Units AirTemp Air temperature Degrees Celsius Baro1 Barometric Pressure hectoPascals WGust1 Wind Gust Knots WindSpeed1 Wind Speed Knots WindDir1 Wind Direction Azimuthal BICS305 Ultraviolet Radiation, 305 nm, above water mW m-2nm-1 BICS330 Ultraviolet Radiation, 330 nm, above water mW m-2nm-1 BICS380 Ultraviolet Radiation, 380 nm, above water mW m-2nm-1 PAR-S Photosynthetically Active Radiation, above water μ-mole quanta m-2 s-1 (400nm-700nm) BICD305 Ultraviolet Radiation, 305 nm, 3 m depth mW m-2nm-1 BICD330 Ultraviolet Radiation, 330 nm, 3 m depth mW m-2nm-1 BICD380 Ultraviolet Radiation, 380 nm, 3 m depth mW m-2nm-1 PAR-D Photosynthetically Active Radiation, 3 m depth μ-mole quanta m-2 s-1 (400nm-700nm) Cond3m Conductivity at 3 m depth milliSiemens cm-1 SeaT3m Sea Temperature at 3 m depth Degrees Celsius Sal3m Salinity at 3 m depth Practical salinity units (psu) WindGust2 Wind Gust from Vaisala Weather Station Knots WindSpeed2 Wind Speed from Vaisala Weather Station Knots WindDir2 Wind Direction from Vaisala Weather Station Azimuthal ° AirTemp2 Air temperture from Vaisala weather station Degrees Celsius Humid Relative Humidity from Vaisala Weather Station percentage DewPt Dew Point from Vaisala Weather Station Degrees Celsius Baro2 Barometric Pressure from Vaisala Weather Station hectoPascals RainAmt Rain Amount from Vaisala Weather Station mm hour-1 RainDur Rain Duration from Vaisala Weather Station 10-sec increments / hr when drop detected RainPeak Rain Peak from Vaisala Weather Station Maximum 10-sec increment / hr
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: None


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  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

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

    (305) 361-4396 (voice)


Why was the data set created?

The impetus for such a framework was the perceived marked regional decline in coral reefs and the critical need to provide data and options for resource management.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: May-2012 (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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How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

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

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  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Time, Air Temperature, Sea Temperature at 3 m water depth, Wind Gust, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Barometric Pressure, Salinity (3m), Conductivty (3m), Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) at the surface and 3m, and ultraviolet radiation (305, 330, 380 nm) at the surface and 3m, relative humidity, hail/rain amount, duration and intensity are the only parameters available.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    none


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Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: none

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

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

    (305) 361-4396 (voice)

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Downloadable Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    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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Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 02-Oct-2012
Last Reviewed: 30-May-2012
Metadata author:
Derek Manzello
Ocean Chemistry Division, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 3149-1026
USA

305-361-4389 (voice)

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


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