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Periphyton data collected from Northeast Shark Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE LTER) from September 2006 to September 2008


At a Glance


Authors: Evelyn Gaiser
Time period: 2006-09-11 to 2008-09-17
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1109.4
Dataset id: LT_PP_Gaiser_002

How to cite:
Gaiser, E.. 2009. Periphyton data collected from Northeast Shark Slough, Everglades National Park (FCE LTER) from September 2006 to September 2008. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/e7898d1958661abfec2910d778cb2991. Dataset accessed 2020-10-26.

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  • Dataset Abstract
    Periphyton assessments were conducted and recorded for each throw. Periphyton volumes, cover, type and composition were recorded, along with some general observations of the area. Periphyton samples were brought back for processing, and archived for soft algae, diatom, chlorophyll a, biomass and nutrient analysis.
  • Geographic Coverage
    Study Extent Description
    The Study Extent of this dataset includes research sites within Northeast Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park

    Bounding Coordinates
    Northeast Shark River Slough
    N: 25.761, S: 25.545, E: -80.500, W: -80.670

    FCE LTER Sites
    NESS1, NESS2, NESS4, NESS6, NESS7, NESS8, NESS9, NESS10, NESS11, NESS12, NESS13, NESS14, NESS15, NESS16, NESS17, NESS18, NESS19, NESS20, NESS21, NESS26, NESS27, NESS28, NESS29, NESS30, NESS31, NESS32, NESS33, NESS34, NESS35, NESS36

    All Sites
    Geographic Description
    Bounding Coordinates
    NESS1
    N: 25.764, S: 25.764, E: -80.499, W: -80.499
    NESS2
    N: 25.748, S: 25.748, E: -80.502, W: -80.502
    NESS4
    N: 25.755, S: 25.755, E: -80.517, W: -80.517
    NESS6
    N: 25.758, S: 25.758, E: -80.534, W: -80.534
    NESS7
    N: 25.755, S: 25.755, E: -80.574, W: -80.574
    NESS8
    N: 25.752, S: 25.752, E: -80.591, W: -80.591
    NESS9
    N: 25.755, S: 25.755, E: -80.614, W: -80.614
    NESS10
    N: 25.753, S: 25.753, E: -80.635, W: -80.635
    NESS11
    N: 25.692, S: 25.692, E: -80.635, W: -80.635
    NESS12
    N: 25.707, S: 25.707, E: -80.606, W: -80.606
    NESS13
    N: 25.690, S: 25.690, E: -80.546, W: -80.546
    NESS14
    N: 25.703, S: 25.703, E: -80.513, W: -80.513
    NESS15
    N: 25.703, S: 25.703, E: -80.501, W: -80.501
    NESS16
    N: 25.676, S: 25.676, E: -80.518, W: -80.518
    NESS17
    N: 25.732, S: 25.732, E: -80.499, W: -80.499
    NESS18
    N: 25.726, S: 25.726, E: -80.529, W: -80.529
    NESS19
    N: 25.719, S: 25.719, E: -80.558, W: -80.558
    NESS20
    N: 25.669, S: 25.669, E: -80.618, W: -80.618
    NESS21
    N: 25.632, S: 25.632, E: -80.651, W: -80.651
    NESS26
    N: 25.674, S: 25.674, E: -80.669, W: -80.669
    NESS27
    N: 25.735, S: 25.735, E: -80.672, W: -80.672
    NESS28
    N: 25.746, S: 25.746, E: -80.653, W: -80.653
    NESS29
    N: 25.722, S: 25.722, E: -80.600, W: -80.600
    NESS30
    N: 25.664, S: 25.664, E: -80.540, W: -80.540
    NESS31
    N: 25.642, S: 25.642, E: -80.577, W: -80.577
    NESS32
    N: 25.624, S: 25.624, E: -80.578, W: -80.578
    NESS33
    N: 25.609, S: 25.609, E: -80.550, W: -80.550
    NESS34
    N: 25.578, S: 25.578, E: -80.576, W: -80.576
    NESS35
    N: 25.552, S: 25.552, E: -80.600, W: -80.600
    NESS36
    N: 25.577, S: 25.577, E: -80.662, W: -80.662
  • Attributes
    • Data Table:   Periphyton data collected from Northeast Shark Slough, Everglades National Park
      Attribute Name:
      Region
      Attribute Label:
      Region
      Attribute Definition:
      Region
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Region
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Site_ID
      Attribute Label:
      Site_ID
      Attribute Definition:
      Collection Site ID Number
      Storage Type:
      ordinal
      Measurement Scale:
      Collection Site ID Number
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Date
      Attribute Label:
      Sample Collection Date
      Attribute Definition:
      Date sample was collected
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Period
      Attribute Label:
      Period
      Attribute Definition:
      Period
      Storage Type:
      ordinal
      Measurement Scale:
      Period
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Replicate
      Attribute Label:
      Replicate
      Attribute Definition:
      Replicate ID Number (3 replicates taken per site)
      Storage Type:
      ordinal
      Measurement Scale:
      Replicate ID Number (3 replicates taken per site)
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Water_Depth
      Attribute Label:
      Depth
      Attribute Definition:
      Water depth as measured in field with meter stick
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Water depth as measured in field with meter stick
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Water_Temperature
      Attribute Label:
      Temperature
      Attribute Definition:
      Water temperature
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Water temperature
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      WPH
      Attribute Label:
      pH
      Attribute Definition:
      Water pH as measured in the field
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: dimensionless
      Precision: .01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      SOLDEP
      Attribute Label:
      Soil depth
      Attribute Definition:
      Soil depth
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Soil depth
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SOLTYP
      Attribute Label:
      Soil type
      Attribute Definition:
      Soil type
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      1= Rock
      2 = Marl
      2.5 = Marl/Peat mix
      3 = Peat
      4 = Sand
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      MATTYP
      Attribute Label:
      Mat type
      Attribute Definition:
      Mat type
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      1 = Calcareous
      2= Calcareous/organic
      3= Organic
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERSAV
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton and submerged aquatic volume
      Attribute Definition:
      Periphyton and submerged aquatic volume
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton only volume
      Attribute Definition:
      Periphyton only volume
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PSUBVO
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton subsample volume
      Attribute Definition:
      Periphyton subsample volume
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERCOV
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton aerial cover
      Attribute Definition:
      Periphyton aerial cover
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      QUA
      Attribute Label:
      Sample quantitative
      Attribute Definition:
      Sample quantitative
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Y= Yes
      N= No
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      BENS%
      Attribute Label:
      % Benthic of sample
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of sample composed of benthic periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      BEN%
      Attribute Label:
      % bottom covered with benthic periphyton
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of bottom covered with benthic periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      EPIS%
      Attribute Label:
      % Epiphytic of sample
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of sample composed of epiphytic periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      EPI%
      Attribute Label:
      % of plants covered with epiphytic periphyton
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of plants covered by epiphytic periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      EPISP1
      Attribute Label:
      Plant species 1
      Attribute Definition:
      Plant species covered by epiphytes
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      BACCAR= Bacopa caroliniana
      BACMON= Bacopa monneri
      CENASI= Centella asiatica
      CHASPP= Chara sp.
      CLAJAM= Cladium jamaicense
      ELECEL= Eleocharis cellulosa
      HYMPAL= Hymenocallis palidosus
      IVAMIC= Iva microcephala
      LEEHEX= Leersia hexandra
      MUHFIL= Muhlenbergia filipes
      NYMODO= Nymphaea odorata
      PANHEM= Panicum hemitomon
      PANRIG= Panicum rigidulum
      PANTEN= Panicum tenerum
      PASGEM= Paspalidium geminatum
      POTILL= Potamogeton illinoensis
      RHYTRA= Rhynchospora tracii
      SAGLAN= Sagittaria lancifolia
      TYPDOM= Typha dominguense
      UNKPLA= Unknown plant
      UTRFOL= Utricularia foliosa
      UTRGIB= Utricularia gibba
      UTRPUR= Utricularia purpurea
      0= Nothing Found
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      EPISP2
      Attribute Label:
      Plant species 2
      Attribute Definition:
      Plant species covered by epiphytes
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      BACCAR= Bacopa caroliniana
      BACMON= Bacopa monneri
      CENASI= Centella asiatica
      CHASPP= Chara sp.
      CLAJAM= Cladium jamaicense
      ELECEL= Eleocharis cellulosa
      HYMPAL= Hymenocallis palidosus
      IVAMIC= Iva microcephala
      LEEHEX= Leersia hexandra
      MUHFIL= Muhlenbergia filipes
      NYMODO= Nymphaea odorata
      PANHEM= Panicum hemitomon
      PANRIG= Panicum rigidulum
      PANTEN= Panicum tenerum
      PASGEM= Paspalidium geminatum
      POTILL= Potamogeton illinoensis
      RHYTRA= Rhynchospora tracii
      SAGLAN= Sagittaria lancifolia
      TYPDOM= Typha dominguense
      UNKPLA= Unknown plant
      UTRFOL= Utricularia foliosa
      UTRGIB= Utricularia gibba
      UTRPUR= Utricularia purpurea
      0= Nothing Found
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      EPISP3
      Attribute Label:
      Plant species 3
      Attribute Definition:
      Plant species covered by epiphytes
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      BACCAR= Bacopa caroliniana
      BACMON= Bacopa monneri
      CENASI= Centella asiatica
      CHASPP= Chara sp.
      CLAJAM= Cladium jamaicense
      ELECEL= Eleocharis cellulosa
      HYMPAL= Hymenocallis palidosus
      IVAMIC= Iva microcephala
      LEEHEX= Leersia hexandra
      MUHFIL= Muhlenbergia filipes
      NYMODO= Nymphaea odorata
      PANHEM= Panicum hemitomon
      PANRIG= Panicum rigidulum
      PANTEN= Panicum tenerum
      PASGEM= Paspalidium geminatum
      POTILL= Potamogeton illinoensis
      RHYTRA= Rhynchospora tracii
      SAGLAN= Sagittaria lancifolia
      TYPDOM= Typha dominguense
      UNKPLA= Unknown plant
      UTRFOL= Utricularia foliosa
      UTRGIB= Utricularia gibba
      UTRPUR= Utricularia purpurea
      0= Nothing Found
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      FLOS%
      Attribute Label:
      % Floating of sample
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of sample composed of floating periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      FLO%
      Attribute Label:
      % of water surface covered with floating periphyton
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of water surface covered by floating periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      FLOSP1
      Attribute Label:
      Floating plant species 1
      Attribute Definition:
      Plant species associated with floating periphyton
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      BACCAR= Bacopa caroliniana
      BACMON= Bacopa monneri
      CENASI= Centella asiatica
      CHASPP= Chara sp.
      CLAJAM= Cladium jamaicense
      ELECEL= Eleocharis cellulosa
      HYMPAL= Hymenocallis palidosus
      IVAMIC= Iva microcephala
      LEEHEX= Leersia hexandra
      MUHFIL= Muhlenbergia filipes
      NYMODO= Nymphaea odorata
      PANHEM= Panicum hemitomon
      PANRIG= Panicum rigidulum
      PANTEN= Panicum tenerum
      PASGEM= Paspalidium geminatum
      POTILL= Potamogeton illinoensis
      RHYTRA= Rhynchospora tracii
      SAGLAN= Sagittaria lancifolia
      TYPDOM= Typha dominguense
      UNKPLA= Unknown plant
      UTRFOL= Utricularia foliosa
      UTRGIB= Utricularia gibba
      UTRPUR= Utricularia purpurea
      0= Nothing Found
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      FLOSP2
      Attribute Label:
      Floating plant species 2
      Attribute Definition:
      Plant species associated with floating periphyton
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      BACCAR= Bacopa caroliniana
      BACMON= Bacopa monneri
      CENASI= Centella asiatica
      CHASPP= Chara sp.
      CLAJAM= Cladium jamaicense
      ELECEL= Eleocharis cellulosa
      HYMPAL= Hymenocallis palidosus
      IVAMIC= Iva microcephala
      LEEHEX= Leersia hexandra
      MUHFIL= Muhlenbergia filipes
      NYMODO= Nymphaea odorata
      PANHEM= Panicum hemitomon
      PANRIG= Panicum rigidulum
      PANTEN= Panicum tenerum
      PASGEM= Paspalidium geminatum
      POTILL= Potamogeton illinoensis
      RHYTRA= Rhynchospora tracii
      SAGLAN= Sagittaria lancifolia
      TYPDOM= Typha dominguense
      UNKPLA= Unknown plant
      UTRFOL= Utricularia foliosa
      UTRGIB= Utricularia gibba
      UTRPUR= Utricularia purpurea
      0= Nothing Found
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      GRE%
      Attribute Label:
      % Green algae of sample
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of sample composed of green algae
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      GRESP1
      Attribute Label:
      Green algae plant substrate 1
      Attribute Definition:
      Plant species associated with green algae
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      BACCAR= Bacopa caroliniana
      BACMON= Bacopa monneri
      CENASI= Centella asiatica
      CHASPP= Chara sp.
      CLAJAM= Cladium jamaicense
      ELECEL= Eleocharis cellulosa
      HYMPAL= Hymenocallis palidosus
      IVAMIC= Iva microcephala
      LEEHEX= Leersia hexandra
      MUHFIL= Muhlenbergia filipes
      NYMODO= Nymphaea odorata
      PANHEM= Panicum hemitomon
      PANRIG= Panicum rigidulum
      PANTEN= Panicum tenerum
      PASGEM= Paspalidium geminatum
      POTILL= Potamogeton illinoensis
      RHYTRA= Rhynchospora tracii
      SAGLAN= Sagittaria lancifolia
      TYPDOM= Typha dominguense
      UNKPLA= Unknown plant
      UTRFOL= Utricularia foliosa
      UTRGIB= Utricularia gibba
      UTRPUR= Utricularia purpurea
      0= Nothing Found
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      FLOC%
      Attribute Label:
      % Floc of sample
      Attribute Definition:
      Percent of sample composed of flocculent detritus
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      DILVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Dilution volume
      Attribute Definition:
      Total dilution volume of homogenized periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      CHLVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Chlorophyll a subvolume
      Attribute Definition:
      Volume taken for chlorophyll a analysis
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SOFVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Soft algae subvolume
      Attribute Definition:
      Volume taken for soft algae archive
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      DIAVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Diatom subvolume
      Attribute Definition:
      Volume taken for diatom archive
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      NUTVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Nutrient subvolume
      Attribute Definition:
      Volume taken for TP analysis
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: milliliter
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      DWVOL
      Attribute Label:
      Dry weight subvolume
      Attribute Definition:
      Volume taken for dry weights / ash-free dry weights
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PANWT
      Attribute Label:
      Pan weight
      Attribute Definition:
      Weight of aluminum weigh pan
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: .0001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PANDWT
      Attribute Label:
      Pan + dry weight
      Attribute Definition:
      Weight of aluminum pan + dry weight subsample after drying for three days at 80 degrees C
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: .0001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PANAWT
      Attribute Label:
      Pan + ash weight
      Attribute Definition:
      Weight of aluminum pan + ashed samples after ashing at 500 degrees C for an hour and a half
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: .0001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PLAWT
      Attribute Label:
      Dry plant weight
      Attribute Definition:
      Dry weight of plants picked out of sample
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: .0001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERWWT
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton wet weight
      Attribute Definition:
      Weight weight of periphyton taken from the field
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: .1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SUBWWT
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton subsample wet weight
      Attribute Definition:
      Wet weight of periphyton subsample taken from the field
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: .1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      CHLASU
      Attribute Label:
      Chlorophyll a in subsample
      Attribute Definition:
      Chlorophyll a in subsample
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: microgram
      Precision: .000000001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000000000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERTP
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton TP
      Attribute Definition:
      Total phosphorus concentration of periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gramsPerGram
      Precision: .000000001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000000000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERDM
      Attribute Label:
      Dry mass of periphyton
      Attribute Definition:
      Dry mass of periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gramsPerSquareMeter
      Precision: .000000001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000000000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PEROC
      Attribute Label:
      Organic content of periphyton
      Attribute Definition:
      Organic content of periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: .000000001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000000000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERAFD
      Attribute Label:
      Periphyton ash-free dry mass
      Attribute Definition:
      Ash-free dry mass of periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gramsPerSquareMeter
      Precision: .000000001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000000000 (Value will never be recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      PERCHL
      Attribute Label:
      Chlorophyll a dry mass of periphyton
      Attribute Definition:
      Chlorophyll a dry mass of periphyton
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gramsPerSquareMeter
      Precision: .000000001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000000000 (Value will never be recorded)


  • Methods
    Sampling Description
    Water properties was measured using a pH meter. Soil and mat type is assessed, and periphyton is measured using a graduated cylinder. Periphyton type and composition (benthic, epiphytic, floating, green and floc) are recorded, along with coverages. A 120mL sample is brought back in either a nutrient cup or whirlpac and processed in the lab for chlorophyll a, soft algae and diatom, biomass and nutrient analysis.

    Method Step

    Description
    Water pH and temperature were collected in the field. Soil and mat type is assessed, and periphyton is measured using a graduated cylinder. Periphyton type and composition (benthic, epiphytic, floating, green and floc) are recorded, along with coverages. A 120mL sample is brought back and processed in the lab for chlorophyll a, soft algae and diatom, biomass and nutrient analysis. A large graduated cylinder is used to measure periphyton volume, which is then brought back in either nutrient cups or whirlpacs. Samples are picked through for vegetation, after which they are homogenized using a hand blender. Samples are then archived as five subsamples for later analysis: chlorophyll a (vacuum-filtered on GF/F filter, frozen, then run through a spectrofluorometer), dry weight/ash weight (placed in labelled aluminum boat and dried in an oven for 3 days at 80 degrees C, weighed, then ashed at 500 degrees C for an hour and a half and weighed again), soft algae (placed in labelled microvial and frozen until counting and identification using light microscope), diatoms (placed in labelled tube and frozen until acid digestion, slides are made and diatoms are identified and counted under light microscope), and nutrients (placed in labelled plastic cup, dried in oven at 80 degrees C, then ground and run for TP using a spectrophotometer)

    Citation
    Welschmeyer, N. A. 1994. Fluorometric analysis of chlorophyll a in the presence of chlorophyll b and pheopigments.. Limnology and Oceanography, 39(8): 1985-1992.

    Instrumentation
    A large graduated cylinder nutrient cups and whirlpacs hand blender vacuum-filtered on GF/F filterspectrofluorometeroven light microscopeslides

    Method Step

    Description
    Water pH and temperature were collected in the field. Soil and mat type is assessed, and periphyton is measured using a graduated cylinder. Periphyton type and composition (benthic, epiphytic, floating, green and floc) are recorded, along with coverages. A 120mL sample is brought back and processed in the lab for chlorophyll a, soft algae and diatom, biomass and nutrient analysis. A large graduated cylinder is used to measure periphyton volume, which is then brought back in either nutrient cups or whirlpacs. Samples are picked through for vegetation, after which they are homogenized using a hand blender. Samples are then archived as five subsamples for later analysis: chlorophyll a (vacuum-filtered on GF/F filter, frozen, then run through a spectrofluorometer), dry weight/ash weight (placed in labelled aluminum boat and dried in an oven for 3 days at 80 degrees C, weighed, then ashed at 500 degrees C for an hour and a half and weighed again), soft algae (placed in labelled microvial and frozen until counting and identification using light microscope), diatoms (placed in labelled tube and frozen until acid digestion, slides are made and diatoms are identified and counted under light microscope), and nutrients (placed in labelled plastic cup, dried in oven at 80 degrees C, then ground and run for TP using a spectrophotometer)

    Citation
    Gaiser, E. E. , D. L. Childers, R. D. Jones, J. H. Richards, L. J. Scinto, J. C. Trexler. 1994. Periphyton responses to eutrophication in the Florida Everglades: Cross-system patterns of structural and compositional change.. Limnology and Oceanography, 51: 617-630.

    Instrumentation
    A large graduated cylinder nutrient cups and whirlpacs hand blender vacuum-filtered on GF/F filterspectrofluorometeroven light microscopeslides

    Method Step

    Description
    Water pH and temperature were collected in the field. Soil and mat type is assessed, and periphyton is measured using a graduated cylinder. Periphyton type and composition (benthic, epiphytic, floating, green and floc) are recorded, along with coverages. A 120mL sample is brought back and processed in the lab for chlorophyll a, soft algae and diatom, biomass and nutrient analysis. A large graduated cylinder is used to measure periphyton volume, which is then brought back in either nutrient cups or whirlpacs. Samples are picked through for vegetation, after which they are homogenized using a hand blender. Samples are then archived as five subsamples for later analysis: chlorophyll a (vacuum-filtered on GF/F filter, frozen, then run through a spectrofluorometer), dry weight/ash weight (placed in labelled aluminum boat and dried in an oven for 3 days at 80 degrees C, weighed, then ashed at 500 degrees C for an hour and a half and weighed again), soft algae (placed in labelled microvial and frozen until counting and identification using light microscope), diatoms (placed in labelled tube and frozen until acid digestion, slides are made and diatoms are identified and counted under light microscope), and nutrients (placed in labelled plastic cup, dried in oven at 80 degrees C, then ground and run for TP using a spectrophotometer)

    Citation
    Childers, D. L. , R. D. Jones, J. C. Trexler, C. Buzzelli, J. Boyer, A. L. Edwards, E. E. Gaiser, K. Jayachandran, D. Lee, J. F. Meeder, J. Pechmann, J. H. Richards, L. J. Scinto. 1994. Quantifying the effects of low level phosphorus enrichment on unimpacted Everglades wetlands with in situ flumes and phosphorus dosing.. p. 127-152 in Porter, J. , K. Porter. , (eds). The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 25 pp.

    Instrumentation
    A large graduated cylinder nutrient cups and whirlpacs hand blender vacuum-filtered on GF/F filterspectrofluorometeroven light microscopeslides

    Quality Control
    Field data are written in pencil on waterproof paper and photocopied upon return to the laboratory. They are then entered into the appropriate digital format. These data are reviewed in hard copy and digital format by the lab manager. Laboratory data are written in pencil on waterproof paper, photocopied prior to computer entry and then entered digitally in duplicate and cross-referenced to hard copy notes. Data outliers, determined by comparison to long-term variance in that parameter, are highlighted in resulting spreadsheets for examination by the principal investigator, who may discard the values.
  • Distribution and Intellectual Rights
    Online distribution
    https://fce-lter.fiu.edu/perl/public_data_download.pl?datasetid=LT_PP_Gaiser_002.txt
    Data Submission Date:  2009-09-21

    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
    primary production, periphyton, FCE, FCE LTER, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER, ecological research, long-term monitoring, productivity, water, Tamiami Trail, grand experiment, bridge, canal, macrophytes, plants, nutrients, chlorophyll a, diatoms, soil
  • Dataset Contact
    • Name: Evelyn Gaiser 
    • Position: Primary Investigator
    • Organization: Southeast Environmental Research Center
    • Address: Florida International University
      University Park
      OE 148
      Miami, FL 33199 USA
    • Phone: 305-348-6145
    • Fax: 305-348-4096
    • Email: gaisere@fiu.edu
    • URL: http://serc.fiu.edu/periphyton/

    • 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:  Periphyton data collected from Northeast Shark Slough, Everglades National Park

    Entity Name:
    LT_PP_Gaiser_002.txt
    Entity Description:
    Periphyton data collected from Northeast Shark Slough, Everglades National Park
    Object Name:
    LT_PP_Gaiser_002.txt
    Number of Header Lines:
    1
    Attribute Orientation:
    column
    Field Delimiter:
    ,
    Number of Records:
    390