Virginia Institute of Marine Science
37.2 to 37.4oN, -76.3 to -76.7oW; lower York River Estuary, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, U.S.A.
This data repository is a permanent archive of the results presented in the associated publication (Turner et al. 2022, Limnology & Oceanography Letters, doi.xxxx). The objective of this study was to illustrate a water clarity phenomenon in the lower York River Estuary of the Chesapeake Bay. The data include light attenuation, Secchi depth, turbidity, and salinity from the lower York River Estuary in western Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA from the years 2014-2016.
This dataset includes the data and code used to plot Figure 2 in the associated publication (Turner et al. 2022, Limnology & Oceanography Letters, doi.xxxx). Data included in the present repository consist of water clarity data collected in the lower York River Estuary during the years 2014-2016. Water clarity data are in textfile format (extension .txt). Additional files used to make the figure are in MATLAB script and MATLAB data format (extensions .m and .mat, respectively). Each results file in this archive corresponds to a specific set of data used to make the plots on Figure 2 of the associated publication. The dataset includes: a) coincident measurements of chl-a, turbidity, TSS, Ko, and ZSD from Fall (2020), b) coincident measurements of chl-a, turbidity, and Kd from the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA), and c) coincident measurements of Kd and ZSD from the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Water Quality monitoring program. Fall et al. (2020) data were collected on sampling cruises at two stations located in the middle portion and at the mouth of the York River estuary (Figure 1). CBNERR-VA data were collected at the Goodwin Island long-term monitoring site at the mouth of the York River estuary approximately every two weeks when adjacent water samples and Kd measurements were collected to provide calibration data for the YSI sonde instrument deployed long-term. CBP data were collected on sampling cruises once or twice per month at station WE4.2. Original Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) data from station WE4.2 can be accessed at the CBP datahub Water Quality page: https://datahub.chesapeakebay.net/WaterQuality. Original data from the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA) long-term monitoring site at the Goodwin Islands can be accessed via the Virginia Estuarine and Coastal Observing System (VECOS) website: http://vecos.vims.edu/StationDetail.aspx?param=CHE019.38&program=CMON. Other relevant data from Fall (2020) are provided at the following data repository through William & Mary ScholarWorks: https://doi.org/10.25773/z8qm-c773. The authors thank the curators of the CBP datahub and the people who make it possible to collect CBNERR-VA data at the Goodwin Islands station, including William Reay, Reid Anderson, Joy Baber, Betty Neikirk, Lisa Ott, David Parrish, Erin Shields, and Steve Snyder. Researchers of the Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics lab including Grace Massey, Danielle Tarpley, and the VIMS vessel operations staff helped K. Fall collect data in the York River estuary.
List of files:
- Overall information: README.txt
Water clarity, water quality, sediments, estuaries, TSS, TSM, SPM, SSC, light attenuation, Secchi depth, turbidity, salinity, visibility, Chesapeake Bay.
Turner, Jessica S., Fall, Kelsey A., and Friedrichs, C.T. (2022) Clarifying water clarity: a call to use metrics best suited to corresponding research and management goals in aquatic ecosystems. Limnology & Oceanography: Letters, xx (xx), https://doi.org/10.xxxxxxx/xxxx-xxxx
Jessica S. Turner ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3392-0316
Carl T. Friedrichs ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1810-900X
Kelsey A. Fall ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5496-433X
This work was supported by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and by NSF grants OCE-1061781 and OCE-1459708. K. Fall was additionally supported by a Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s Student Seed Grant. J. Turner was additionally supported by a Commonwealth Coastal Research Fellowship from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (https://www.vims.edu/). The funders had no role in the project design, data collection, data analysis, decision to publish, preparation of the manuscript, or preparation of the data repository.
Turner, Jessica S., Friedrichs, Carl T., and Fall, Kelsey A. (2022) A Data Repository for Clarifying water clarity: a call to use metrics best suited to corresponding research and management goals in aquatic ecosystems (York River estuary case study dataset). William & Mary ScholarWorks. https://doi.org/10.25773/ddh0-x307