Time-series oceanographic data from the National Park of American Samoa, Tutuila, American Samoa, 2015

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Time-series oceanographic data from the National Park of American Samoa, Tutuila, American Samoa, 2015
Abstract:
Time-series data of water surface elevation, wave height, and water column currents, temperature, and salinity were acquired for 150 days between 13 April and 14 July 2015 off the north coast of the island of Tutuila, American Samoa in support of a study on the coastal circulation patterns within and in the vicinity of the National Park of American Samoa.
Supplemental_Information:
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Storlazzi, Curt D., and Rosenberger, Kurt J., 2017, Time-series oceanographic data from the National Park of American Samoa, Tutuila, American Samoa, 2015: data release DOI:10.5066/F7RN362H, U.S. Geological Surveym, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California.

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    This is part of the following larger work.

    Rosenberger, Kurt J., and Storlazzi, Curt D., 2017, Data from coastal circulation and water-column properties in the National Park of American Samoa, February-July 2015: data release DOI:10.5066/F7RN362H, U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -170.762114
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -170.623177
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: -14.204308
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: -14.296368
  3. What does it look like?
    https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/imap/58c9b818e4b0849ce97b4bd6 (map service)
    Locations of instrument moorings
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Beginning_Date: 13-Feb-2015
    Ending_Date: 14-Jul-2015
    Currentness_Reference:
    ground condition at time data were collected
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: NetCDF files
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a Point data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • Point (5)
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees. The horizontal datum used is D_WGS_1984.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS_1984.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.0.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257223563.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
    NetCDF files are self-contained and attribute information may be found in the header of the file itself.
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
    The entity and attribute information was generated by the individual and/or agency identified as the originator of the data set. Please review the rest of the metadata record for additional details and information.

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Curt D. Storlazzi
    • Kurt J. Rosenberger
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    Kurt J. Rosenberger
    U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
    Oceanographer
    2885 Mission Street
    Santa Cruz, CA
    USA

    831-460-7535 (voice)
    831-427-4748 (FAX)
    krosenberger@usgs.gov

Why was the data set created?

These time-series data were collected as a part of a larger investigation into the circulation and transport along the coast off the National Park of American Samoa on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa.

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: 13-Feb-2015 (process 1 of 4)
    Oceanographic instruments were deployed in the National Park of American Samoa to collect time-series data. Instruments included in deployment are: RDI Workhorse Monitor Wave and Current Gauge, Seabird SBE-37 Microcat Temperature and Salinity Logger, and Onset Hobo Temperature Logger
    Date: 18-Apr-2015 (process 2 of 4)
    Onset Hobo Temperature loggers were retrieved and replaced with identical instruments and programing in order to refresh memory space and battery life. The data from the retrieved instruments were post-processed and sequentially added to this data release.
    Date: 14-Dec-2015 (process 3 of 4)
    Data were accumulated into NetCDF files.
    Date: 14-Dec-2015 (process 4 of 4)
    Files are named with a convention that uses a 13-digit alpha-numeric code. The first three characters for this dataset are all 'AMS' for the experiment name. The fourth and fifth characters represent the calendar year in which the first data point in the file was taken (15, 2015). The sixth and seventh characters are an alphanumeric code for the site name (M1, M2, etc.). The eighth character is a code to designate if the instrument was on a mooring in the water column (M) or a tripod on the bottom (T). The ninth and tenth characters represent the instrument position on the platform, where 01 is the top-most (for the Hobo loggers, the ninth is the instrument position, and the tenth is the deployment number, as these instruments were recovered and redeployed). Next is a two or three-character code for data type (ad, RDI acoustic Doppler current profiler [ADCP]); ct, SBE-37 temperature and salinity logger; tl, Hobo temperature logger). Files of wave statistics from RDI ADCP have the suffix 'wvs-p'.
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?
    Storlazzi, Curt D., Cheriton, Olivia M., Logan, Joshua B., and Clark, Timothy B., 2017, Coastal circulation and water-column properties in the National Park of American Samoa, February-July 2015.

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

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    No formal attribute accuracy tests were conducted.
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    A formal accuracy assessment of the horizontal positional information in the data set has either not been conducted, or is not applicable.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
    A formal accuracy assessment of the vertical positional information in the data set has either not been conducted, or is not applicable.
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    Dataset is considered complete for the information presented, as described in the abstract. Users are advised to read the metadata for each part of this data release carefully for additional details.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    Data fall within expected ranges.

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
USGS-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain from the U.S. Government and are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize and acknowledge the U.S. Geological Survey as the originator(s) of the dataset and in products derived from these data.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
    Denver Federal Center, Building 810, Mail Stop 302
    Denver, CO
    USA

    1-888-275-8747 (voice)
    sciencebase@usgs.gov
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? Downloadable time-series data in NetCDF format. NetCDF files are grouped into five (5) different zip files, one zip file per instrument mooring. The zip file names consist of a 7-digit alpha-numeric code, where the first 5 digits (AMS15) indicate the study site and year (American Samoa, 2015), and the last 2 digits indicate which of the 5 moorings the instruments were mounted (M1-M5).
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.
  4. How can I download or order the data?

Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 02-Jun-2017
Metadata author:
Kurt J. Rosenberger
U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Oceanographer
2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
USA

831-460-7535 (voice)
831-427-4748 (FAX)
krosenberger@usgs.gov
Metadata standard:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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