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October 2014 Calendar

Duplin sampling
dates: 10/28/2014 to 10/30/2014
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Reddy unavailable
date: 10/31/2014
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Latest Data Releases

09/17/2014 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the September 2014 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2014/September/data/

09/17/2014 – Data Release

CTD profile data for the August 2014 monthly monitoring cruise are now processed, and provisional data sets and plots are available on the private GCE web site.  https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/private/ctd/provisional/2014/August/data/

09/03/2014 – Data Release

Posted provisional salinity, temperature and depth data from 8 GCE MicroCAT sonde deployments on the private web site, covering the period 27-Mar-2014 to 03-Jul-2014.    

NOTE:  Due to a sonde malfunction, data from GCE-7 covers the period of 27-Mar-2014 to 17-May-2014 only.

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Latest File Uploads

10/17/2014 – Document
GCE-LTER III Project - 2013 NSF annual progress report (public version) (details)

10/17/2014 – Document (GCE only)
GCE-LTER III Project - 2014 NSF annual progress report (document format) (details)

10/17/2014 – Document
GCE-LTER III Project - 2014 NSF annual progress report (public version) (details)

10/16/2014 – Document (GCE only)
GCE-LTER III Project - 2014 NSF annual progress report (complete) (details)

09/17/2014 – Spreadsheet (GCE only)
Sampling log for the September 2014 GCE monitoring cruise (10 September 2014) (details)

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GCE Project Announcements

10/16/2014 – Monitoring Program

Fall monitoring is underway. The GCE technicians and representatives from the Pennings, Alber, Silliman and Angelini labs are monitoring soil, plants and invertebrates at the core GCE sites. We're up to 15 years of data for some of these measurements, so it is becoming a wonderful time series.

Field crew monitoring plants and invertebrates

(contact Steve Pennings for additional information)
10/09/2014 – Monitoring Program

Update 21-Oct-2014: The communications problem is actually due to a faulty GOES satellite transmitter. SINERR has ordered a replacement, and data will continue to be downloaded manually until telemetry can be restored.

The GOES satellite uplink for the SINERR/GCE weather station at Marsh Landing started to fail at the end of September. The problem has been traced to a faulty communications cable, and a replacement is currently on order. The data are still being logged, and will be downloaded from the logger manually until the situation is resolved. In the mean time, near-real-time weather and hydrographic data from Hudson Creek at Meridian Landing are displayed on the GCE website home page to provide information on current site conditions.

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
09/09/2014 – Software Release

We are pleased to announce that version 3.9.0 of the GCE Data Toolbox for MATLAB is now available for download. This release represents a major milestone, marking the completion of a 10 year goal to provide native support for Ecological Metadata Language (EML) XML metadata in the toolbox. Complete EML data and metadata packages can now be generated from metadata and data content in GCE Data Structures, including optional mapping of local units to the EML Unit Dictionary or user-managed custom unit definitions. It is therefore possible to archive data sets created using the toolbox in the LTER Data Portal or another EML-compatible data repository directly, without using a separate metadata management system or XML editor.

With EML package export support, the GCE Data Toolbox can now be used as a complete data synthesis environment for the LTER NIS and PASTA framework. EML-described data packages can be retrieved from the LTER Data Portal and processed using the toolbox, then products can be packaged and exported as new EML-described data sets, all without manual XML editing. The EML support functions are modular, so EML-compatible attribute lists, data table descriptors or complete EML documents can be generated in workflows depending on the use case.

Software download and installation information is available at https://gce-svn.marsci.uga.edu/trac/GCE_Toolbox/wiki/Downloads

General information and support resources for the GCE Data Toolbox are available at https://gce-svn.marsci.uga.edu/trac/GCE_Toolbox

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
09/08/2014 – Coastal News

With funding provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and logistical support from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, researchers from Georgia Southern University will release 50 gallons of fluorescent red dye (rhodamine WT) into the Altamaha River outflow on September 9, 2014. The plume of dye that results will be monitored visually and with instrumentation as it flows from the release point (just south of Wolf Island) along the Georgia coast and offshore. Tracking the path of the dye will provide estimates of the extent to which the Altamaha River delivers dissolved substances, both contaminants and nutrients, north and south along the Georgia coast and to hard-bottom reefs, such as Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, occurring up to 20 miles offshore.

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08/25/2014 – Workshop

Wade Sheldon will be presenting an overview of the GCE Data Toolbox software for data processing and quality control in a virtual workshop entitled "Field Data Management Solutions" on Wednesday, October 1 at 12:00 ET. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the CUAHSI Water Data Center, LTER Network Office, and the Critical Zone Observatory National Office to share tools, techniques, and tricks for handling the ever increasing volumes of data that observatories and other field sites are generating. The recorded session will be available online at http://cuahsi.adobeconnect.com/p6223gs107h/ starting 02-Oct-2014.

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(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)
08/13/2014 – GCE IT News

The weather-proof enclosure for the GCE PhenoCam was left open around 7/15/2014 by persons or factors unknown and the enclosure flooded with water following a heavy rain, causing the camera to fail. The camera has been shipped off to the manufacturer for evaluation and repair, and a loaner camera is being send by the UNH PHENOCAM program. We apologize for the data interruption, and will revise this announcement when our camera is back online. Security measures will be taken in the future to prevent similar tampering.

UPDATE 26-Aug-2014: The GCE PhenoCam has been repaired, and will be redeployed in the next week.

(contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.