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Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, just outside the Everglades National Park (FCE), South Florida from October 1997 to December 2006


At a Glance


Authors: Tiffany Troxler, Daniel Childers
Time period: 1997-10-29 to 2006-12-31
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1096.3
Dataset id: PHY_Rondeau_002

How to cite:
Troxler, T., D. Childers. 2008. Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, just outside the Everglades National Park (FCE), South Florida from October 1997 to December 2006. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/2bb421d19f71704ed7476ca128bacb72. Dataset accessed 2020-10-26.

Geographic Coverage


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  • Dataset Creator(s)
    • Name: Dr. Tiffany Troxler 
    • Position: Project Collaborator
    • Organization: Southeast Environmental Research Center
    • Address: Florida International University
      University Park
      OE 148
      Miami, FL 33199 USA
    • Phone: 305-348-1453
    • Fax: 305-348-4096
    • Email: troxlert@fiu.edu
    • URL: http://wetland.fiu.edu/

    • Name: Dr. Daniel Childers 
    • Position: Associate Director for Research| Professor
    • Organization: Global Institute of Sustainability| School of Sustainability
    • Address: Arizona State University
      PO Box 875402
      Tempe, AZ 85287 USA
    • Phone: 480-965-2320
    • Fax: 480-965-8087
    • Email: dan.childers@asu.edu

  • Dataset Abstract
    Water level is recorded at least hourly at TS/Ph4 and TS/Ph5. Water level is measured with acoustic water level gages that digitally record relative water height relative to the local soil surface.
  • Geographic Coverage
    Study Extent Description
    The Study Extent of this dataset includes two sites in Taylor Slough just outside Everglades National Park, South Florida

    Bounding Coordinates
    Data were collected in the Taylor Slough, just outside Everglades National Park, South Florida
    N: 25.315, S: 25.295, E: -80.520, W: -80.522

    Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Study Area: South Florida, Everglades National Park, and Florida Bay
    N: 25.761, S: 24.913, E: -80.490, W: -81.078

    FCE LTER Sites
    TS/Ph4, TS/Ph5

    All Sites
    Geographic Description
    Bounding Coordinates
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph4
    N: 25.315, S: 25.315, E: -80.522, W: -80.522
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph5
    N: 25.295, S: 25.295, E: -80.520, W: -80.520
  • Attributes
    • Data Table:   Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, just outside the 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
    Ultrasonic water level recorders are placed at each site. The recorders collect water level readings every hour. The data is collected from the water level recorder using an HP 48G+ calculator 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.

    Method Step

    Description
    Ultrasonic water level recorders are placed at each site. The recorders collect water level readings every hour. The data is collected from the water level recorder using an HP 48G+ calculator 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 HP 48G+ calculator Dell 3800 notebookRichards Type Water Level Recorder Model 6511Infinities USA, INC Pressure water level recorders

    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 anomoly 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
    http://fcelter.fiu.edu/perl/public_data_download.pl?datasetid=PHY_Rondeau_002.txt
    Data Submission Date:  2008-03-14

    Intellectual Rights
    These data are classified as 'Type I' whereby original FCE LTER experimental data collected by individual FCE researchers are available for scientific purposes 2 years after collection. Maximum lock period = 2 years. All publications based on this dataset must cite the data Contributor, the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program and that this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreements #DBI-0620409, and #DEB-9910514. Additionally, two copies of the manuscript must be submitted to the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Program Office, LTER Program Manager, Florida International University, Southeast Environmental Research Center, OE 148, University Park, Miami, Florida 33199. For a complete description of the FCE LTER Data Distribution and Data User Agreement, please go to FCE Data Management Policy at http://fcelter.fiu.edu/data/DataMgmt.pdf and LTER Network Data Access Policy at http://fcelter.fiu.edu/data/core/data_user_agreement/distribution_policy.html.

  • Keywords
    FCE, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER, ecological research, long-term monitoring, Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, hydrology, wetland inundation regimes, landscape, estuarine, freshwater, ecosystems, water level, water
  • Dataset Contact
    • Position: Information Manager
    • Organization: LTER Network Office
    • Address: UNM Biology Department, MSC03-2020
      1 University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 USA
    • Phone: 505 277-2535
    • Fax: 505 277-2541
    • Email: tech-support@lternet.edu
    • URL: http://www.lternet.edu

    • 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 Taylor Slough, just outside the Everglades National Park, South Florida

    Entity Name:
    PHY_Rondeau_002
    Entity Description:
    Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, just outside the Everglades National Park, South Florida
    Object Name:
    PHY_Rondeau_002
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    1
    Attribute Orientation:
    column
    Field Delimiter:
    ,
    Number of Records:
    5386