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Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE LTER), South Florida from August 1999 to Present


At a Glance


Authors: Tiffany Troxler, Daniel Childers
Time period: 1999-08-04 to 2019-12-31
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1098.10
Dataset id: PHY_Rubio_002

How to cite:
Troxler, T., D. Childers. 2020. Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE LTER), South Florida from August 1999 to Present. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/18e0a64946337c4b94e4d991aa94bed6. Dataset accessed 2020-10-26.

Geographic Coverage


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  • Dataset Creator(s)
    • Name: Dr. Tiffany Troxler 
    • 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 
    • 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/Ph2 and TS/Ph3. 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, Everglades National Park, South Florida

    Bounding Coordinates
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph1a
    N: 25.424, S: 25.424, E: -80.590, W: -80.590

    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph1b
    N: 25.439, S: 25.439, E: -80.590, W: -80.590

    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph2
    N: 25.404, S: 25.404, E: -80.607, W: -80.607

    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph3
    N: 25.252, S: 25.252, E: -80.663, W: -80.663

    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph8
    N: 25.233, S: 25.233, E: -80.525, W: -80.525

    FCE LTER Sites
    TS/Ph2,TS/Ph3, TS/Ph8, TS/Ph1a, TS/Ph1b

    All Sites
    Geographic Description
    Bounding Coordinates
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph1a
    N: 25.424, S: 25.424, E: -80.590, W: -80.590
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph1b
    N: 25.439, S: 25.439, E: -80.590, W: -80.590
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph2
    N: 25.404, S: 25.404, E: -80.607, W: -80.607
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph3
    N: 25.252, S: 25.252, E: -80.663, W: -80.663
    FCE LTER Site TS/Ph8
    N: 25.233, S: 25.233, E: -80.525, W: -80.525
  • Attributes
    • Data Table:   Water Levels from the Taylor 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
    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
    .

    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
    https://fce-lter.fiu.edu/perl/public_data_download.pl?datasetid=PHY_Rubio_002.txt
    Data Submission Date:  2020-08-03

    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
    disturbance, hydrology, FCE, FCE LTER, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER, ecological research, long-term monitoring, Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, wetland inundation regimes, landscape, estuarine, freshwater, ecosystems, water level, water
  • Dataset Contact
    • Name: Emily Standen 
    • Position: Technical Staff
    • Organization: Southeast Environmental Research Center
    • Address: Florida International University
      University Park
      OE 148
      Miami, FL 33199 USA
    • Phone: 305-348-1576
    • Fax: 305-348-4096
    • Email: estanden@fiu.edu
    • 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, Everglades National Park, South Florida

    Entity Name:
    PHY_Rubio_002.txt
    Entity Description:
    Water Levels from the Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, South Florida
    Object Name:
    PHY_Rubio_002.txt
    Number of Header Lines:
    1
    Attribute Orientation:
    column
    Field Delimiter:
    ,
    Number of Records:
    21738