Primary metadata record describing Coastal Ocean Reasearch and Monitoring Program (CORMP)

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Primary metadata record describing Coastal Ocean Reasearch and Monitoring Program (CORMP)
Abstract:
CORMP was initiated as a research and observation program focusing on the collection of data applicable to physical and ecological predictive models, fisheries sustainability, and habitat quality. CORMP consists of four focus areas: Ocean Observations, Data Management, Ecosystem Research and Modeling, and Outreach and Education that operate synergistically to: 1) provide a regional hub (SE US) in a national observing system; 2) collect and disseminate physical and ecological data; and 3) engage regional partners, stakeholders and end-users in the development and implementation of a sustainable coastal-ocean observing program. CORMP capitalizes on a combination of instrumented moorings, remote sensing and ecosystem models, and traditional ship-based observations to establish baseline conditions, identify responses to stochastic events, predict and verify long-term trends and identify linkages among coastal ocean ecosystem components. The information collected by CORMP help researchers determine a mechanistic understanding of factors affecting productivity in the coastal ocean in the region and will provide information that can be and is directly used in local-to federal fisheries management. Further, information collected by CORMP will be used by partner organizations to provide a real-time forecasting. The operational area for the CORMP observing network extends from estuaries (including the Cape Fear River Estuary and it's plume) to the coast, across the continental margin to the Gulf Stream, and from the SC/NC border to north of Cape Lookout. <1> Mooring: Core variables collected at each mooring includes water temperature and salinity, water column currents, surface wave directional spectra data. On some selected mooring stations, CORMP also measure turbidity and fluorescence. <2> Cruise: We sample the cape fear river plume every month by collecting data with a YSI-6820 Water Quality Sonde. This instrument measures (Temperature, Salinity, pH, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, and Turbidity.) We collect Total Nitrate, Total phosphate, Nitrate, Phosphate, Ammonium and Chlorophyll a. Zooplankton samples are also collected at four of the plume stations. Our Onslow Bay sampling cruises are conducted bi-monthly. We sample six stations, each approximately five nautical miles apart, beginning at the Masonboro Inlet sea buoy and extending out to approximately 27 miles offshore. Our most offshore sampling station (OB27) also serves as the location for a fixed underwater instrument mooring. Basic data including time (GMT), latitude, longitude, water depth, sea surface temperature, weather conditions, and sea state are noted upon arrival at every station. When on station, scientists take measurements of physical parameters (temperature, currents, salinity, etc.), light attenuation and collect water samples for analysis of nutrients, phytoplankton pigments, and CDOM using a Seabird SBE-25 CTD rosette.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Coastal Ocean Research and Moni, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 20050307, Primary metadata record describing Coastal Ocean Reasearch and Monitoring Program (CORMP).

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -78.60
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -76.13
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 34.81
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 33.14

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 01-Jan-2000
    Ending_Date: 31-Jul-2006
    Currentness_Reference: Observed

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Unknown

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      Indirect_Spatial_Reference:
      The operational area for the UNCW CORMP observing network extends from estuaries (including the Cape Fear River Estuary and it's plume) to the coast, across the continental margin to the Gulf Stream, and from the SC/NC border to north of Cape Lookout.
      This is a Point data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • Point (25)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    For details on the information cotained in the data set, please go to URL:<http://www.cormp.org>. Work is in progress to update the information available at the web site.
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
    Reference to the complete description of the entity types, attributes, and attribute values for the data set are explained along with the specific data set on the <http://www.cormp.org> website.


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

    The UNCW CORMP is a NOAA funded program, with Drs. Marvin Moss, Lynn Leonard and Michael Durako as Principal Investigators. Numerous researchers, faculty, post-docs, technicians, graduate students, and data managers have contributed to these datasets.

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Dr. Marvin K. Moss and Dr. Lynn Leonard and Dr. Michael Durako
    UNCW Center for Marine Science 5600 Marvin K. Moss Road Wilmington, NC 28409
    Wilmington, North Carolina 28409
    USA

    910-962-2465,910-962-2338,910-962-2373 (voice)
    910-962-2410 (FAX)
    mossm@uncw.edu, lynnl@uncw.edu,durakom@uncw.edu

    Hours_of_Service: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm EST/EDT Monday-Friday
    Contact_Instructions: E-mail preferred


Why was the data set created?

The strategic plan for the Congressionally mandated Integrated Ocean Observations System (IOOS) calls for a sustained, integrated system to improve weather forecasting, predictions of climate change and related impacts on coastal populations, safety and efficiency of marine operations, and coastal ecosystem health. The Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP) at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) is a research and monitoring program that addresses these goals in the coastal ocean. The program mission is to provide an interdisciplinary science-based framework that supports sound public policy leading to wise coastal use, sustainable fisheries and improved coastal ocean ecosystem health.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Unknown (process 1 of 1)
    An explanation of the events and related parameters are explained more with the specific data set on the www.cormp.org

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Information about omissions, selection criteria, generalization, definitions used, and other rules used to derive the data set are further explained on the website.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    N/A


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints:
None. It is strongly recommended that the UNCW CORMP Data be directly acquired from Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington and not indirectly through other sources as they might have been changed in some way.
Use_Constraints:
The Principal Investigators (Originators), University of North Carolina at Wilmington Center for Marine Science, and the Grantor (See Data_Set_Credit) should be fully acknowledged in any publications in which any part of these data are used. Use of the data without completely reading and understanding of the metadata is not recommended. CORMP in University of North Carolina at Wilmington is not responsible for the misuse of data.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Marvin K. Moss, Lynn Leonard, Michael Durako, Jennifer Dorton, Jeff Marshall
    UNCW Center for Marine Science 5600 Marvin K. Moss Rd. Wilmington, NC 28409
    Wilmington, North Carolina 28409
    USA

    910-962-2465,910-962-2338,910-962-2373,910-962-2777,910-962-2310 (voice)
    910-962-2410 (FAX)
    mossm@uncw.edu,lynnl@uncw.edu,durakom@uncw.edu,dortonj@uncw.edu,marshallj@uncw.edu

    Hours_of_Service: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm EST/EDT Monday-Friday
    Contact_Instructions: E-mail prefered
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Realtime data provided by CORMP should be considered provisional. Quality controlled data for any particular location are available only in the archived data area of this website. While all due care is taken to provide accurate information, provisional data are subject to change or retraction after quality control and before official release. No warranty is made, express or implied, regarding the accuracy or validity of the data, or regarding the suitability of the data for any particular application. Use of provisional data is at the sole risk of the user.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 07-Jun-2006
Metadata author:
Dr. Lynn Leonard
CORMP
5600 Marvin K. Moss Wilmington, NC 28409
Wilmington, North Carolina 28409
USA

910-9622553 (voice)
qix@uncw.edu

Hours_of_Service: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm EST/EDT Monday-Friday
Contact_Instructions: E-mail prefered
Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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