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Meteorological and hydrographic data collected from Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile Bay, AL from 2005-05-23 to 2013-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0117376)

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program have partnered with the University of South Alabama, the Alabama Department of Conservation, State Land Division, Coastal Program, the Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program and the Alabama Lighthouse Association to provide real-time wave and current data from Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile Bay, AL. 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.
  • Cite as: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2014). Meteorological and hydrographic data collected from Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile Bay, AL from 2005-05-23 to 2013-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0117376). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0117376. Accessed [date].
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Dataset Point of Contact NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
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Time Period 2005-05-23 to 2013-12-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 30.4367
S: 30.4367
E: -88.0117
W: -88.0117
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General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • Alabama Near Coastal Meteorological & Hydrographic Continuous Data Sampling from 2003 to present
    • NCEI Collection
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  • Parent ID (indicates this dataset is related to other data):
    • gov.noaa.nodc:DISL_ARCOS
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2014-04-04
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
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
PI: Mike Dardeau

Additional information and Real-time observations can be found at:
http://www.mymobilebay.com/stationdata/StationInfomiddlebay.asp?jday=&property=&chartyear=&StationID=188

Meteorological data: Data are single observations taken at 1 minute intervals unless otherwise specified. Dates are Julian days and all times are Central Standard Time.

Hydrographic data: Data are single observations taken at 30 minute intervals unless otherwise specified. Dates are Julian days and all times are Central Standard Time.

Wave and Current Profile Data: An RDInstruments 1200kHz Workhorse Monitor outputs a current profile every 10 minutes and a waves measurement every 30 minutes. For currents, a profile is generated every 10min using 60 pings every 2sec.
Purpose 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. Recent 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 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. Many coastal dwellers are uninformed about conditions in nearby estuaries because they do not have access to current information about parameters such as water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen levels and water level and they may fail to appreciate the complexity of interactions in estuarine ecosystems.
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2014). Meteorological and hydrographic data collected from Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile Bay, AL from 2005-05-23 to 2013-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0117376). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0117376. 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 Originator Keywords
  • ADCP
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
  • Current Direction
  • Current Magnitude
  • Current Profile
  • Current Speed
  • Current Velocity
  • Estuarine
  • NEMO
  • Real Time
  • Surface Current
  • Vertical Profile
  • Water Height
  • Wave Direction
  • Wave Height
  • Wave Period
  • air temperature
  • barometric pressure
  • dissolved oxygen
  • hydrographic
  • meteorological
  • monitoring
  • near real-time
  • precipitation
  • quantum radiation
  • relative humidity
  • salinity
  • water depth
  • water quality
  • water temperature
  • wind direction
  • wind speed
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Originator Place Names
  • Alabama
  • DISL
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • Middle Bay Light
  • Middle Bay Lighthouse
  • Mobile Bay
  • Mobile Ship Channel
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Dauphin Island Sea Lab (2014). Meteorological and hydrographic data collected from Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile Bay, AL from 2005-05-23 to 2013-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0117376). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0117376. 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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Processing Steps
  • 2014-04-04T10:34:21Z - NCEI Accession 0117376 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.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • ADCP
  • anemometer
  • barometers
  • Barometric pressure sensor
  • bucket
  • conductivity sensor
  • fluorometer
  • Humidity Sensor
  • meteorological sensors - coastal meteorological stations
  • PAR Sensor
  • pressure sensors
  • spectrophotometer
  • temperature probe
  • thermistor
  • YSI - handheld multi-parameter instrument
Last Modified: 2020-06-15T21:11:30Z
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