Document Type

Data

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

4-2021

Data Access

Data files are linked below.

Abstract

Bulk water parameters of Temperature and Salinity were measured at the VIMS Ferry Pier from 1947 to 2003. Initial methods were undocumented but likely automated with an instrument and chart recorder since the data consists of a daily high and low measurement from which a mean value was derived. Beginning in 1986 an Inter-Ocean CTD instrument placed at mid-depth was interfaced to a digital data logger (Campbell Scientific CRJ) that recorded data every six minutes, resulting in 240 measurements per day.

This collection contains only the six-minute data from 1986 through 2003. Weather parameters were also added in 1986 and include Wind Speed, Direction, Air Temperature, Relative Humidity, Solar Energy and Rainfall and are included in the data files. The Ferry Pier station was discontinued when the Pier was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. Files are provided in Text (.csv) and MS Access format.

Description

Digital files of six-minute observations are provided for ambient water temperature and salinity measured at the VIMS Ferry Pier from 1986 to 2003. Meteorological data were also monitored beginning in 1986 at a station on the VIMS Byrd Hall roof.

Station locations are as follows:

From Google Earth:

37.246564, -76.500332 Ferry Pier

37.247890, -76.500829 Byrd Hall

37 14.8’ 76 30.0’ Adjacent Tide Station (Boon, et al.)

Files | Description

  • README.txt: Data dictionary providing parameters, number of observations per year, algorithm to calculate salinity from conductivity and water temperature.
  • Pier19xx.csv - Pier20xx.csv: Six-minute observations of salinity, temperature, conductivity, air temp, wind, humidity, solar radiation by year, .csv text format
  • Pier19xx.mdb - Pier20xx.mdb: Six-minute observations of salinity, temperature, conductivity, air temp, wind, humidity, solar radiation by year, .mdb (MS Access) format.

See also:

Anderson, Gary F., 2021. VIMS Ferry Pier Ambient Water Monitoring Data, Salinity and Temperature, Daily Summary 1947-2003. Data. William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/j6es-ym72

DOI

https://doi.org/10.25773/c7cw-zd28

Keywords

Water salinity, water temperature, meteorological data, York RIver-Virginia, monitoring, long term dataset

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Associated Publications

Austin, H. M. 2002. Decadal oscillations and regime shifts: A characterization of the Chesapeake Bay marine climate, American Fisheries Society Symposium 32: 155–170.

Pyke, Christopher R., Raymond. Najjar, Mary Beth. Adams, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay State-of-the-science Review and Recommendations / a Report from the Chesapeake Bay Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee; Coordinating STAC Members: Chrisopher R. Pyke and Raymond Najjar; Contributing Authors: Mary Beth Adams...[et Al.]. Annapolis, MD: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2008. STAC Publication ; 08-004. http://www.chesapeake.org/stac/Pubs/climchangereport.pdf (accessed 4/12/21)

Boon, J. D., Brubaker, J. M., & Forrest, D. R. (2010) Chesapeake Bay Land Subsidence and Sea Level Change : an evaluation of past and present trends and future outlook. Special report in applied marine science and ocean engineering ; no. 425. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.21220/V58X4P

Sobocinski, Kathryn L., "Fishes in Seagrass Habitats: Species Composition, Trophic Interactions, and Production" (2014). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1539791566. William & Mary. Cf. Page 62. https://dx.doi.org/doi:10.25773/v5-h572-d662

Readme.txt (2 kB)
Information on data

Pier1986.csv (4269 kB)
Six-minute observations 1986

Pier1987.csv (6852 kB)
Six-minute observations 1987

Pier1988.csv (9713 kB)
Six-minute observations 1988

Pier1989.csv (9606 kB)
Six-minute observations 1989

Pier1990.csv (9950 kB)
Six-minute observations 1990

Pier1991.csv (9979 kB)
Six-minute observations 1991

Pier1992.csv (9867 kB)
Six-minute observations 1992

Pier1993.csv (10098 kB)
Six-minute observations 1993

Pier1994.csv (10076 kB)
Six-minute observations 1994

Pier1995.csv (10252 kB)
Six-minute observations 1995

Pier1996.csv (12202 kB)
Six-minute observations 1996

Pier1997.csv (12282 kB)
Six-minute observations 1997

Pier1998.csv (12455 kB)
Six-minute observations 1998

Pier1999.csv (11114 kB)
Six-minute observations 1999

Pier2000.csv (12355 kB)
Six-minute observations 2000

Pier2001.csv (11996 kB)
Six-minute observations 2001

Pier2002.csv (11243 kB)
Six-minute observations 2002

Pier2003.csv (9968 kB)
Six-minute observations 2003

csv Files.zip (50137 kB)
Six-minute observations All years separate files

Pier1986.mdb (25936 kB)
Six-minute observations 1986

Pier1987.mdb (26572 kB)
Six-minute observations 1987

Pier1988.mdb (28944 kB)
Six-minute observations 1988

Pier1989.mdb (29224 kB)
Six-minute observations 1989

Pier1990.mdb (29284 kB)
Six-minute observations 1990

Pier1991.mdb (29172 kB)
Six-minute observations 1991

Pier1992.mdb (28688 kB)
Six-minute observations 1992

Pier1993.mdb (28964 kB)
Six-minute observations 1993

Pier1994.mdb (28068 kB)
Six-minute observations 1994

Pier1995.mdb (28420 kB)
Six-minute observations 1995

Pier1996.mdb (17032 kB)
Six-minute observations 1996

Pier1997.mdb (33448 kB)
Six-minute observations 1997

Pier1998.mdb (35012 kB)
Six-minute observations 1998

Pier1999.mdb (31812 kB)
Six-minute observations 1999

Pier2000.mdb (16944 kB)
Six-minute observations 2000

Pier2001.mdb (16528 kB)
Six-minute observations 2001

Pier2002.mdb (16508 kB)
Six-minute observations 2002

Pier2003.mdb (16040 kB)
Six-minute observations 2003

mdb Files.zip (76335 kB)
Six-minute observations All years separate files

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