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|Title:||Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) - Little Cayman, Cayman Islands 2011 Meteorological and Oceanographic observations (NODC Accession 0098079)|
|Abstract:||The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) of OAR is conducting research on the influence of meteorological and oceanographic factors upon coral bleaching, and other biogeochemical processes occurring on coral reefs. Instrument arrays to measure the various environmental influences are being deployed at key coral reef areas to gain long-term temporally intensive data coverage, to provide near real-time information products, and to surface-truth NOAA satellite sea surface temperature (SST) products used for coral bleaching predictions ("HotSpot" products). OAR has developed expert system software plus the instrument array (together called a Coral Reef Early Warning System, or ICON, station) to screen data in near real-time to test for appropriate data ranges for each of the instruments, and to issue "alerts" as to conditions thought to be conducive to coral bleaching, and other modeled events. At each ICON station, local collaborators also provide feedback on the presence and progress of coral bleaching and thus validate coral bleaching predictions made by satellite HotSpots and ICON information products.|
The impetus for such a framework was the perceived marked regional decline in coral reefs and the critical need to provide data and options for resource management. Original data and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata are in spreadsheet format.
|Seanames:||Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean|
|Observation types:||continuous, meteorological, physical, surface measurements, time series|
|Instrument types:||CTD, pressure gauge, thermometer|
|Datatypes:||AIR TEMPERATURE, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, PAR, PHOTOSYNTHETIC ACTIVE RADIATION (PAR), PRECIPITATION, PRESSURE - BAROMETRIC, SALINITY, SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE, TEMPERATURE - AIR, TEMPERATURE - WATER, TEMPERATURE, WIND DIRECTION, WIND GUST, WIND SPEED|
|Submitter:||Hendee, James C|
|Contributing projects:||COASTAL, CORAL REEF STUDIES, CoRIS, ICON|
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|Supplementary information:||Salinity is in practical salinity units; Wind speed is in knots; barometric pressure is in hectoPascals; wind direction is in degrees of the compass; temperature is in Celsius; photosynthetically active radiation is in mmol quanta m-2 s-1 ; Ultraviolet Radiation is in units of mW m-2nm-1; Relative humidity is in units of g m-3; Hail/Rain amount is in mm hr-1, hail/rain duration and intensity is in seconds; -9 in the data set indicates that the parameter is unavailable.|
Additional ICON data is archived under separate NODC accession numbers.
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