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Data Release: Modeling coastal salinity regime for biological application

April 26, 2023

Salinity regimes in coastal ecosystems are highly dynamic and driven by complex geomorphic and hydrological processes. Estuarine biota are generally adapted to salinity fluctuation, but are vulnerable to salinity extremes. Characterizing coastal salinity regime for ecological studies therefore requires representing extremes of salinity ranges at various time scales relevant to ecology (e.g., daily, monthly, seasonally). This data release provides supporting data for the journal article titled, "Quantifying uncertainty in coastal salinity regime for biological application using quantile regression," by Yurek et al. (2022). A spatially-resolved model was developed that derives quantile distributions of salinity related to various landscape variables, such as tidal forcing, wind velocity and direction, and freshwater discharge into the Suwannee Sound estuary. The model also considers various time scales of freshwater streamflow, from daily to bi-weekly scales, which represent terrestrial watershed dynamics such as time-of-travel of overland flow from headwaters to the coast. This data release provides programming routines and supporting data for the model, including: (1) scripts used to run the model written in R programming language, (2) input data used to fit the model, and (3) model output predictions across the spatial extent of the Suwannee Sound estuary. The predictions of the model represent a method of quantifying uncertainty in predictions, and represent approximate ranges of salinity conditions. These predictions are intended for use in future ecological modeling studies and analyses of impacts of salinity uncertainty on estuarine biota. They are limited by the data set used here and are not intended to indicate exact levels for any given location or time.

Publication Year 2023
Title Data Release: Modeling coastal salinity regime for biological application
DOI 10.5066/P934VZ8K
Authors Simeon Yurek, Michael Allen, Mitchell Eaton, David Chagaris, Nathan Reaver, Julien Martin, Peter Frederick, Mark Dehaven
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center - Gainesville, FL