Alabama Near Coastal Meteorological & Hydrographic Continuous Data Sampling from 2003 to present

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The Alabama Real-time Coastal Observing System (ARCOS) with support of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a network of continuously sampling observing stations that collect observations of meteorological and hydrographic data from fixed stations operating across coastal Alabama. Data were collected from 2003 through the present and include parameters such as air temperature, relative humidity, solar and quantum radiation, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, precipitation amounts, water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, water height, and other water quality data. Stations, when possible, are designed to collect the same data in the same way, though there are exceptions given unique location needs (see individual accession abstracts for details). Stations are strategically placed to sample across salinity gradients, from delta to offshore, and the width of the coast.
  • Cite as: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2018). Alabama Near Coastal Meteorological & Hydrographic Continuous Data Sampling from 2003 to present. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/3edp-9d76. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2003-02-24 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 30.66713
S: 30.09
E: -87.56
W: -88.213
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General Documentation
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-08-22
  • revision: 2019-05-09
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Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
The value of coastal observing systems is recognized by the U.S. Congress, the National Ocean Partnership Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. Reports by the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy have decried the lack of information from near coastal waters on which to base management decisions and recommended monitoring programs linked to strong research. Reasons for continuous, real-time observations of meteorological and hydrographic parameters include (1) continuous characterization of spatial and temporal patterns of change in water quality, (2) development of a permanent record of significant and human caused changes in environmental indicators over time, and (3) support for research and management activities through the availability of consistent, scientifically valid data. An additional benefit of real-time observation is the potential for the public to track and learn about water quality conditions. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has worked with many partners and funding agencies to provide continuous meteorological and hydrographic data from across the Alabama coast for a variety of stakeholders, improving coastal research, decision-making, and environmental literacy. Near real-time data are available in a user-friendly format at www.mymobilebay.com. Informative pop-ups describe each parameter and graphs of each may be displayed for the visitor to the website. Researchers may download the data in a spreadsheet format for further analysis.
Purpose This dataset is available to the public for a wide variety of uses including scientific research and analysis.
Use Limitations
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2018). Alabama Near Coastal Meteorological & Hydrographic Continuous Data Sampling from 2003 to present. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/3edp-9d76. Accessed [date].
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > INCOMING SOLAR RADIATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > WATER VAPOR INDICATORS > HUMIDITY > RELATIVE HUMIDITY
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS > WIND DIRECTION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS > WIND SPEED
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
Originator Keywords
  • ADCP
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
  • Current Direction
  • Current Magnitude
  • Current Profile
  • Current Speed
  • Current Velocity
  • NEMO
  • Real Time
  • Surface Current
  • Vertical Profile
  • Wave Direction
  • Wave Height
  • Wave Period
  • air temperature
  • barometric pressure
  • continuous monitoring
  • dissolved oxygen
  • dissolved oxygen mg/L
  • dissolved oxygen percent
  • estuarine
  • hydrographic
  • meteorological
  • monitoring
  • near real-time
  • precipitation
  • quantum radiation
  • relative humidity
  • salinity
  • solar radiation
  • water depth
  • water height
  • water level
  • water quality
  • water temperature
  • wind direction
  • wind speed
Provider Datatypes
  • Dissolved Oxygen Percent
  • Dissolved Oxygen mg/L
  • Quantum Radiation
  • Solar Radiation
  • Water Height
Provider Keywords
  • Display Height
  • Dissolved Oxygen Percent
  • Dissolved Oxygen mg/L
  • Julian Day
  • Julian date
  • Quantum Radiation
  • Solar Radiation
  • Water Height
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
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • BUOYS
SeaDataNet Ship and Platform Codes
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • BAROMETERS
  • RAIN GAUGES
  • THERMISTORS
Provider Instrument Types
  • Campbell Sci. Temperature and RH Probe HMP45AC
  • Li-Cor Quantum Sensor LI-190SB
  • Li-Cor Quantum Sensor LI-200X-L
  • Optical Dissolved Oxygen sensor
  • R.M. Young Wind Monitor
  • Stainless Steel Gauge
  • Tipping Rain Bucket Gaage
  • Vaisala Barometer PTB101B
  • electrode cell with autoranging
Provider Instruments
  • Barometer
  • Campbe Sci. Temperature and RH Probe HMP45AC
  • Campbell Scientific Temperature and Relative Humidity Probe HC2S3
  • Li-Cor Quantum Sensor LI-190SB
  • Li-Cor Quantum Sensor LI-200X-L
  • Optical Dissolved Oxygen sensor
  • Pyronometer
  • Quantum Sensor
  • R.M. Young Wind Monitor
  • Stainless Steel Gauge
  • Stainless Steel Guage
  • Tipping Rain Bucket Gauge
  • Tipping Rain Bucket Guage
  • Vaisala Barometer PTB101B
  • Vaisala HMP 45C Humidity and temperature probe
  • Vaisala HMP45C Humidity and temperature probe
  • electrode cell with autoranging
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
Originator Place Names
  • Alabama
  • Baldwin County
  • Battleship Parkway
  • Bon Secour
  • Causeway
  • Cedar Point
  • DISL
  • Dauphin Island
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Katrina Cut
  • Meaher State Park
  • Middle Bay Light
  • Middle Bay Lighthouse
  • Mississippi Sound
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Bay
  • Mobile Ship Channel
  • Orange Beach
  • Perdido Pass
  • Spanish Fort
Provider Location Keywords
  • Bon Secour Bay
  • Coastal Waters of Alabama
  • Mississippi Sound
  • Mobile Bay
  • Perdido Pass
Provider Place Names
  • Alabama
  • Dauphin Island
  • Dauphin Island, Alabama
  • Mississippi Sound
  • Mobile Bay
  • Mobile Bay, Alabama
Provider Sea Names
  • Mobile Bay
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS Programs
  • Mobile Bay Environmental Monitoring Programs
Provider Project Keywords
  • Alabama Near Coastal Meteorological & Hydrographic Continuous Data Sampling (ARCOS)
  • My Mobile Bay
Provider Project Names
  • Alabama Real-time Coastal Observing System
  • Mobile Bay Environmental Monitoring Program
  • Mobile Bay Environmental Monitoring Program, Alabama Real-time Coastal Observing System
  • Mobile Bay Environmental Monitoring Programs
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2018). Alabama Near Coastal Meteorological & Hydrographic Continuous Data Sampling from 2003 to present. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/3edp-9d76. Accessed [date].
Access Constraints
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free. However, fees may apply for custom orders, data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
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  • 2019-05-09T12:25:26Z - NCEI Accession 0187988 v1.1 was published.
  • 2019-05-09T13:01:29Z - NCEI Accession 0187482 v1.1 was published.
Output Datasets
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • barometers
  • rain gauge
  • thermistor
Platform
  • Moored Buoy
Last Modified: 2019-05-22T20:08:51Z
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