Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystem Regional Study (PNCERS)

1997-2003

The Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystem Regional Study (PNCERS) was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Ocean Program award NA96OP0238 and NA76RG0485 to the University of Washington.

The Hickey component of this project was to investigate the physical variability in 3 Pacific Northwest estuaries and their relation to the coastal ocean. In order to do this instruments were deployed in three estuaries, Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, Washington and Coos Bay, Oregon. Two offshore moorings were maintained off Grays Harbor, Washington and Coos Bay, Oregon. Two sites were sampled in the Coos Bay Estuary, CBEST1, at T-Dock and CBEST2 at the Charleston River. Only one site was sampled in the Grays Harbor Estuary, GHEST1. In Willapa Bay there were 4 sites sampled, a piling at Toke Point, a piling at Nahcotta, WB3, and WB6.

Abbreviations and units are:
Depth, m, meters,
Speed, spd, cm/sec,
Direction, D, degrees, true north,
u component (eastward), u, v component (northward), v, cm/sec, true North,
Temperature, T, º C,
Pressure, P, PSI,
Conductivity, C, mmho/cm.

Accoustic Doppler current meter, ADCP,
Aanderaa current meter, AA,
InterOcean systems, inc., S-4 current meter, S4,
Sea-Bird Electronics 37 MicroCAT C-T recorder, SBE 37

Variables are the variables measured except for AAs. AAs measure speed and direction from which u and v components of velocity are calculated. Generally if T and C were recorded salinity was computed and replaces conductivity.

Recovery and deployment information is in Local time. Add 7 (if local is Pacific Daylight time) or 8 (if local time is Pacific Standard time) hours to convert to Greenwich mean time (GMT).

The time series data are generally in the following format. Data files consist of ASCII tab delimited files, usually one per meter. File names include the mooring ID and instrument serial number followed by a processing indicator.

See readme files for details.

Mooring: CBOS1     CBOS1 readme                          Position: 43º 09.48'N, 124º 33.99'W
Bottom depth: 95m
Deployed: 09:06 (+8) 01/31/1998
Recovered: no time recorded 10/2/1998

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
34
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7172.
64
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 4922.
84
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 1-18.
84
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 19-37.

Mooring: CBOS2     CBOS2 readme                          Position: 43º 09.692'N, 124º 34.101'W
Bottom depth: 98m
Deployed: 12:54 (+7) 10/03/1998
Recovered: 09:32 (+7) 05/07/1999

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
34
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7104.
64
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 5099.
84
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 1-18.
84
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 19-36.

Mooring: CBOS3     CBOS3 readme                          Position: 43º 09.357'N, 124º 34.174'W
Bottom depth: 99m
Deployed: 08:36 (+7) 05/09/1999
Recovered: 10:10 (+7) 10/06/1999

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
34
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7172.
64
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 5213.
84
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 20-1.
84
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 36-21.

Mooring: CBOS4     CBOS4 readme                          Position: 43º 09.374'N, 124º 34.223'W
Bottom depth: 100m
Deployed: 15:18 (+7) 10/07/1999
Recovered: 10:33 (+7) 04/18/2000

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
34
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7104. Rotor missing when recovered.
64
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 5099.
85
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 20-1.
85
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking, bin 38-21.

Coos Bay Estuary 2 Charleston River Data Readme

Mooring: CBEST2.1                             Position: 43º 21.448'N, 124º 19.318'W
Bottom depth: 14m
Deployed: 08:30 (+8) 03/24/1998
Recovered: 10:30 (+7) 10/3/1998

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
12
T,C
  AA, s/n 2249.
11
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking.
Updated Aug. 21, 2017 to remove u,v from the Variables column for the AA instrument. Only T,C were measured.

Mooring: CBEST2.2                               Position: 43º 21.448'N, 124º 19.318'W
Bottom depth: 14m
Deployed: 11:21 (+7) 10/4/1998
Recovered: 07:25 (+7) 05/10/1999

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
12
T,C
  AA, s/n 4922.
11
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking. ADCP was deployed later, on March 5, 1999.
Updated Aug. 21, 2017 to remove u,v from the Variables column for the AA instrument. Only T,C were measured.

Mooring: CBEST2.3                                   Position: 43º 21.448'N, 124º 19.318'W
Bottom depth: 14m
Deployed: 07:25 (+7) 05/10/1999
Recovered: 08:41 (+7) 10/11/1999

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
12
T,C
  AA, s/n 5100.
11
T,u,v profile
  ADCP upward looking.
Updated Aug. 21, 2017 to remove u,v from the Variables column for the AA instrument. Only T,C were measured.

Mooring: CBEST2.4                             Position: 43º 21.448'N, 124º 19.318'W
Bottom depth: 14m
Deployed: 13:00 (+7) 10/10/1999
Recovered: 12:30 (+7) 8/8/2000

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
12
T,C
  SBE37, s/n 394. Note- actual depth 12m, 5db erroneously used to calculate salinity and sigma-t.
Updated Aug. 20, 2017 to add note regarding CBEST2.4 salinity and sigma-t calculations.

 

Mooring: GHOS7     GHOS7 readme                          Position: 46º 51.743'N, 124º 14.844'W
Bottom depth: 40m
Deployed: 11:10 (+7) 08/12/1997
On Surface: 02:17 (+8) 01/30/98
Recovered: no time recorded 02/08/1998

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
25
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 5099.
30
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 2249.

Mooring: GHOS1     GHOS1 readme                          Position: 46º 51.868'N, 124º 14.890'W
Bottom depth: 41m
Deployed: 12:05 (+8) 03/31/1998
Recovered: 12:30 (+7) 10/7/1998

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
30
T,u,v profile
  ADCP s/n 457.
36
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 6526. Note- Aanderaa instrument stopped recording data May 12.

Mooring: GHOS2     GHOS2 readme                          Position: 46º 52.311'N, 124º 14.960'W
Bottom depth: 41m
Deployed: 14:26 (+8) 11/11/1998
Recovered: no time recorded 6/23/1999

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
31
T,u,v profile
  ADCP s/n 457. Data indicated mooring damaged May 6.
37
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7103. Data indicated mooring damaged May 6.

Mooring: GHOS3     GHOS3 readme                          Position: 46º 51.868'N, 124º 14.880'W
Bottom depth: 37m
Deployed: 12:48 (+7) 07/07/1999
Recovered: 11:34 (+7) 10/20/1999

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
28
T,u,v profile
  ADCP s/n 457.
33
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7103.

Mooring: GHOS4     GHOS4 readme                          Position: 46º 51.666'N, 124º 14.244'W
Bottom depth: 39m
Deployed: 10:42 (+7) 10/21/1999
Recovered: 12:14 (+7) 05/02/2000

Actual Depth Variables Instrument/Comments
29
T,u,v profile
  ADCP s/n 457.
34
u,v,T,C
  AA, s/n 7172. Note- rotor missing on retrieval, u,v zero filled after 11/19/99 15:00.

Last updated Aug. 22, 2017 to change readme file format from txt to pdf.
Updated Aug. 21, 2017 u,v variables were not measured by Aanderaa meters in the estuary. Delete u,v from Variables column.
Updated Aug. 20, 2017 to correct CBEST2.3 recovery time and add note regarding CBEST2.4 salinity and sigma-t calculations.