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Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Research Sites in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, January 2003 - ongoing


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Authors: Michael Rugge, Timothy Russell
Time period: 2003-01-08 to 2021-12-27
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1254.3

How to cite:
Rugge, M., T. Russell. 2023. Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Research Sites in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, January 2003 - ongoing. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/82c13533b7323a4a7f39934c752f0da0. Dataset accessed 2024-05-24.

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  • Dataset Creator(s)
    • Name: Michael Rugge 
    • Position: Program Manager
    • Organization: Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
    • Email: ruggem@fiu.edu

    • Name: Timothy Russell 
    • Position: Geographic Information Systems Analyst and Researcher
    • Organization: Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research
    • Email: tmruss@wm.edu

  • Dataset Abstract
    The dataset includes shapefile point locations for all current and past Florida Coastal Everglades LTER sites along the two major drainages in Everglades National Park, Shark River Slough and Taylor Slough. Timothy Russell used a GeoExplorer 3 to record GPS coordinates at all FCE LTER research sites that existed in 2003. Michael Rugge added coordinates of FCE LTER research sites recorded after 2003 to the shapefile.
  • Geographic Coverage
    Bounding Coordinates
    SRS1a
    N: 25.76145171, S: 25.76145171, E: -80.72742805, W: -80.72742805

    SRS1b
    N: 25.75776827, S: 25.75776827, E: -80.72558792, W: -80.72558792

    SRS1c
    N: 25.7552333, S: 25.7552333, E: -80.5742667, W: -80.5742667

    SRS1d
    N: 25.7463, S: 25.7463, E: -80.654, W: -80.654

    SRS2
    N: 25.54972811, S: 25.54972811, E: -80.78520692, W: -80.78520692

    SRS3
    N: 25.46820617, S: 25.46820617, E: -80.85327617, W: -80.85327617

    SRS4
    N: 25.40976421, S: 25.40976421, E: -80.96431016, W: -80.96431016

    SRS5
    N: 25.37702258, S: 25.37702258, E: -81.03234716, W: -81.03234716

    SRS6
    N: 25.36462994, S: 25.36462994, E: -81.07794623, W: -81.07794623

    SRS7
    N: 25.352825, S: 25.352825, E: -81.114339, W: -81.114339

    TS/Ph1a
    N: 25.42388762, S: 25.42388762, E: -80.59029790000001, W: -80.59029790000001

    TS/Ph1b
    N: 25.43857602, S: 25.43857602, E: -80.59027402, W: -80.59027402

    TS/Ph2a
    N: 25.403572, S: 25.403572, E: -80.606903, W: -80.606903

    TS/Ph2b
    N: 25.404214, S: 25.404214, E: -80.607248, W: -80.607248

    TS/Ph3
    N: 25.25240534, S: 25.25240534, E: -80.66271768, W: -80.66271768

    TS/Ph4
    N: 25.31472178, S: 25.31472178, E: -80.52209443, W: -80.52209443

    TS/Ph5
    N: 25.29478536, S: 25.29478536, E: -80.52023732, W: -80.52023732

    TS/Ph6a
    N: 25.21418102, S: 25.21418102, E: -80.6490792, W: -80.6490792

    TS/Ph6b
    N: 25.21609115, S: 25.21609115, E: -80.65101654, W: -80.65101654

    TS/Ph7a
    N: 25.19080491, S: 25.19080491, E: -80.63910514, W: -80.63910514

    TS/Ph7b
    N: 25.19676203, S: 25.19676203, E: -80.64207766, W: -80.64207766

    TS/Ph8
    N: 25.23269749, S: 25.23269749, E: -80.52455665, W: -80.52455665

    TS/Ph9
    N: 25.17692874, S: 25.17692874, E: -80.48978207, W: -80.48978207

    TS/Ph10
    N: 25.02476744, S: 25.02476744, E: -80.68097374, W: -80.68097374

    TS/Ph11
    N: 24.91293492, S: 24.91293492, E: -80.93798347, W: -80.93798347

  • Methods
    Method Step

    Description
    Timothy Russell recorded GPS coordinates in UTM at all FCE LTER sites except SRS 1c using a Trimble GeoExplorer 3 in January 2003. At each site, the GPS unit recorded 93-104 positions, horizontal precision, and maximum PDOP. The average position was differentially corrected at all sites except SRS 1a, SRS 1c and SRS 2. Timothy Russell created a point shapefile of the site locations from the coordinates using Pathfinder Office.

    Instrumentation
    Trimble GeoExplorer 3

    Method Step

    Description
    Tim Grahl recorded GPS coordinates at SRS-1c on December 1, 2004. The GPS unit used to record the coordinates and the accuracy of the coordinates are unknown. Michael Rugge converted the SRS-1c coordinates from decimal degrees to UTM and appended them to the dbf table of site coordinates collected in August 2003. Michael Rugge created a new shapefile of all of FCE LTER site coordinates using ArcView 3.3 and ArcMap 9.


    Method Step

    Description
    GPS coordinates were recorded at SRS-1d on January 5, 2006. A Garmin eTrex Legend GPS unit was used to record the coordinates, but the accuracy of the coordinates was not recorded. Michael Rugge converted the UTM coordinates in the dbf file to decimal degree, appended the SRS-1d coordinates to the dbf table of site coordinates collected in 2003-2004, and created a new shapefile of all of FCE LTER site coordinates using ArcMap 9.

    Instrumentation
    Garmin eTrex Legend GPS unit

    Method Step

    Description
    Dr. Edward Castaneda recorded GPS coordinates at SRS-7 in 2017. The accuracy of the coordinates was not recorded . Michael Rugge appended the SRS-7 coordinates to the dbf table of site coordinates collected in 2003-2006 and created a new shapefile of the FCE LTER site coordinates using ArcMap 10.


    Method Step

    Description
    Michael Rugge merged date and time fields into one date field with the YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss format and created a new shapefile of the FCE LTER site UTM coordinates using QGIS 3.10 on April 20, 2023. An EML metadata file was created for the new shapefile.


  • Distribution and Intellectual Rights
    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
    FCE LTER, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER, research sites, LTER, spatial vector, shapefiles, locations, coordinates, global positioning systems, geographic information systems
  • Dataset Contact
    • Position: Information Manager
    • Organization: FCE LTER
    • Address: Institute of Environment
      Florida International University
      Miami, FL 33199