Geological, biological, and chemical data for Benthic Sediment Baseline Study of Mobile Bay from 3 Apr 1980 to 26 Aug 1981 (NODC Accession 0117430)

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Abstract: Beginning in late 1979, the Alabama Coastal Area Board (CAB) funded a series of baseline surveys on the coastal resources of Alabama, from which they could develop a monitoring program to observe any significant changes in the resources over time. Eight stations within Mobile Bay were sampled monthly from April 1980 to April 1981. Data collected included samples for benthic fauna, pelagic fauna, sediment particle size, total organic carbon, foraminifera, zooplankton, phytoplankton, chlorophyll, turbidity, river flow, and hydrographic parameters. The subset of data presented here are for sediment particle size, total organic carbon, and foraminifera. Data are available from April 1980 to April 1981 for eight stations (14 sampling trips), and one station until August 1981 (4 additional trips).

Purpose: To provide benchmark data to the Alabama Coastal Area Board (CAB) for distribution, abundance, and seasonality of benthic infauna, phytoplankton, zooplankton, foraminifera, epifaunal invertebrates and fishes. CAB became part of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) in 1982, and ADEM became part of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) in 2000.
  • Cite as: Hopkins, T.S.; Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2014). Geological, biological, and chemical data for Benthic Sediment Baseline Study of Mobile Bay from 3 Apr 1980 to 26 Aug 1981 (NODC Accession 0117430). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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Time Period 1980-04-03 to 1981-08-26
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 30.61333
S: 30.23833
E: -87.85167
W: -88.17333
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General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2014-04-08
Edition 1.1
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Sampling began six months after landfall of a Category 3 hurricane (Frederic, September 1979), which caused a massive resuspension of all sediments within Mobile Bay, and also resulted in extra high volume of river discharge for spring 1980. This may have affected the baseline which the CAB studies intended to measure.

The original product of the CAB studies was a 14-volume series of DISL technical reports, where each volume contained tables of data for one month of sampling. Three copies were printed, one for CAB and two for DISL. None of the locations of any copies are currently known.

There is a companion accession for this. 0116100 contains data from the same sites and sample time frame for the same study. 0116100 contains biological information for a benthic fauna baseline study, mainly including crustaceans, molluscs, polychaetes, and echinoderms.
Purpose Basic research
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  • Cite as: Hopkins, T.S.; Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2014). Geological, biological, and chemical data for Benthic Sediment Baseline Study of Mobile Bay from 3 Apr 1980 to 26 Aug 1981 (NODC Accession 0117430). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PROTISTS > AMOEBOIDS > FORAMINIFERS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > MARINE SEDIMENTS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > ORGANIC CARBON
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
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  • Cite as: Hopkins, T.S.; Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2014). Geological, biological, and chemical data for Benthic Sediment Baseline Study of Mobile Bay from 3 Apr 1980 to 26 Aug 1981 (NODC Accession 0117430). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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  • 2014-04-08T14:22:09 - NCEI Accession 0117430 v1.1 was published.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
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  • laboratory analysis
  • sediment sampler - grab
  • sediment sieve
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