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Water Levels from the Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE), South Florida from October 2000 to Present


At a Glance


Authors: Daniel Childers, Rene Price
Time period: 2000-10-29 to 2019-12-31
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1094.12
Dataset id: PHY_Grahl_002

How to cite:
Childers, D., R. Price. 2020. Water Levels from the Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE), South Florida from October 2000 to Present. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/f974ce5d26b36cc7dec2f8ac6456c903. Dataset accessed 2020-10-26.

Geographic Coverage


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  • Dataset Abstract
    Water level is recorded at least hourly at SRS2, SRS3, SRS4, SRS5, and SRS6, SRS1c, and SRS1d. Water level is measured with pressure water level gauges that digitally record water height relative to the local soil surface.
  • Geographic Coverage
    Study Extent Description
    The Study Extent of this dataset includes the FCE Shark River Slough research sites within Everglades National Park, South Florida

    Bounding Coordinates
    FCE LTER Site SRS2
    N: 25.550, S: 25.550, E: -80.785, W: -80.785

    FCE LTER Site SRS3
    N: 25.468, S: 25.468, E: -80.853, W: -80.853

    FCE LTER Site SRS4
    N: 25.410, S: 25.410, E: -80.964, W: -80.964

    FCE LTER Site SRS5
    N: 25.377, S: 25.377, E: -81.032, W: -81.032

    FCE LTER Site SRS6
    N: 25.365, S: 25.365, E: -81.078, W: -81.078

    FCE LTER Site SRS1c
    N: 25.755, S: 25.755, E: -80.574, W: -80.574

    FCE LTER Site SRS1d
    N: 25.746, S: 25.746, E: -80.654, W: -80.654

    FCE LTER Sites
    SRS1c, SRS1d, SRS2, SRS3, SRS4, SRS5, SRS6

    All Sites
    Geographic Description
    Bounding Coordinates
    FCE LTER Site SRS2
    N: 25.550, S: 25.550, E: -80.785, W: -80.785
    FCE LTER Site SRS3
    N: 25.468, S: 25.468, E: -80.853, W: -80.853
    FCE LTER Site SRS4
    N: 25.410, S: 25.410, E: -80.964, W: -80.964
    FCE LTER Site SRS5
    N: 25.377, S: 25.377, E: -81.032, W: -81.032
    FCE LTER Site SRS6
    N: 25.365, S: 25.365, E: -81.078, W: -81.078
    FCE LTER Site SRS1c
    N: 25.755, S: 25.755, E: -80.574, W: -80.574
    FCE LTER Site SRS1d
    N: 25.746, S: 25.746, E: -80.654, W: -80.654
  • Attributes
    • Data Table:   Water Levels from the Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park, South Florida
      Attribute Name:
      SITENAME
      Attribute Label:
      sitename
      Attribute Definition:
      Name of LTER site
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Name of LTER site
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Date
      Attribute Label:
      date
      Attribute Definition:
      Collection date
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      WaterLevel
      Attribute Label:
      water level
      Attribute Definition:
      water level
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: centimetersPerDay
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )


  • Methods
    Sampling Description
    Pressure water level recorders are placed at each site. The recorders collect water level readings at least every hour. The data is collected from the water level recorder using software PCTran95 on a monthly basis. To make a daily water level reading, all numbers are downloaded into Microsoft Excel, and all the readings from a day are averaged. Water level data is then transformed from inches to centimeters by multiplying the numbers by 2.54. At TS/Ph4 and TS/Ph5, Data from 29-Aug-97 to 25-May-00 were collected using a Richards Type Water Level Recorder. From 31-Aug-00 to 12-Oct-00 both the Richards Type and Ultrasonic water level recorders collected water level data to calibrate data from the Richards Type Water Level Recorder. A regression of data from both recorders was performed to calibrate data from the Richards Type Water Level Recorder to the Ultrasonic water level recorder data. From June 2004, water levels are recorded using an Infinities Pressure water level gauge. The new device was calibrated to the values from the Acoustic before removal.

    Method Step

    Description
    Pressure water level recorders are placed at each site. The recorders collect water level readings at least every hour. The data is collected from the water level recorder using software PCTran95 on a monthly basis. To make a daily water level reading, all numbers are downloaded into Microsoft Excel, and all the readings from a day are averaged. Water level data is then transformed from inches to centimeters by multiplying the numbers by 2.54. Data from 29-Aug-97 to 25-May-00 were collected using a Richards Type Water Level Recorder. From 31-Aug-00 to 12-Oct-00 both the Richards Type and Ultrasonic water level recorders collected water level data to calibrate data from the Richards Type Water Level Recorder. A regression of data from both recorders was performed to calibrate data from the Richards Type Water Level Recorder to the Ultrasonic water level recorder data. From June 2004, water levels are recorded using an Infinities Pressure water level gauge. The new device was calibrated to the values from the Acoustic before removal.

    Instrumentation
    Infinities USA, INC Ultrasonic water level recorders Model #220 Dell Latitude notebookRichards Type Water Level Recorder Model 6511Infinities USA, INC Pressure Water Level Data Logger

    Quality Control
    Data that is downloaded from the Infinities water level gauges (WLG) is first checked for "Out of Range" values (they are deleted) (using the "Go To" command). Then the data is checked for negatives (values given especially during dry season). Negatives that are found are converted to zeros (modified Find and Replace). Next the data is checked for peaks and valleys (values that are found to be excessively high or low). Before the data is averaged per day the last data check is to see if a negative number (now a zero) causes a peak or valley (which are deleted as a peak or valley). The next several formulas are used for these checks, averaging the data set, and anomaly investigation: [=IF({time}=0,AVERAGE({24 values}),"")], [=IF(COUNT({24 values})>=22,"",{date at zero time})], [=IF(COUNT(D8:D10)>=2,IF(OR(ABS(D8-D9)<2,ABS(D9-D10)<2,D9=""),""),"")], [=IF(ISNUMBER(D9),IF(D9<>0,"",IF(AND(ABS(D9-D8)<2,ABS(D9-D10)<2),"")),"")].
  • Distribution and Intellectual Rights
    Online distribution
    https://fce-lter.fiu.edu/perl/public_data_download.pl?datasetid=PHY_Grahl_002.txt
    Data Submission Date:  2019-03-25

    Intellectual Rights
    This information is released under the Creative Commons license - Attribution - CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The consumer of these data ("Data User" herein) is required to cite it appropriately in any publication that results from its use. The Data User should realize that these data may be actively used by others for ongoing research and that coordination may be necessary to prevent duplicate publication. The Data User is urged to contact the authors of these data if any questions about methodology or results occur. Where appropriate, the Data User is encouraged to consider collaboration or co-authorship with the authors. The Data User should realize that misinterpretation of data may occur if used out of context of the original study. While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and associated documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is." The Data User should be aware, however, that data are updated periodically and it is the responsibility of the Data User to check for new versions of the data. The data authors and the repository where these data were obtained shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of the data. Thank you.

  • Keywords
    long term monitoring, water level, hydrology, FCE, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER, ecological research, long-term monitoring, Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park, wetland inundation regimes, water
  • Dataset Contact
    • Name: Rafael Travieso 
    • Position: Florida International University| University Park| OE 148
    • Organization: Southeast Environmental Research Center
    • Address: Miami
      FL, 33199 USA 305-348-7286
    • Phone: 305-348-4096
    • Fax: travieso@fiu.edu
    • Email: Technical Staff
    • URL: http://www.fiu.edu/~ecosyst/

    • Position: Information Manager
    • Organization: Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Program
    • Address: Florida International University
      University Park
      OE 148
      Miami, FL 33199 USA
    • Phone: 305-348-6054
    • Fax: 305-348-4096
    • Email: fcelter@fiu.edu
    • URL: http://fcelter.fiu.edu

  • Data Table and Format
    Data Table:  Water Levels from the Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park, South Florida

    Entity Name:
    PHY_Grahl_002.txt
    Entity Description:
    Water Levels from the Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park, South Florida
    Object Name:
    PHY_Grahl_002.txt
    Number of Header Lines:
    1
    Attribute Orientation:
    column
    Field Delimiter:
    ,
    Number of Records:
    37382