This dataset documents the spatial and temporal variability of resuspension events and sediment dynamics at seven Great
Barrier Reef Lagoon inshore locations using continuous logger data (10 min sampling intervals) over 3 ½ years and analysed
the quantity of sediment collected in newly designed sediment traps. The dataset highlights the influence of river discharge
events on sediment dynamics across these locations.
*This dataset is currently under embargo.
The key point to note is that this project is primarily interested in the turbidity (SSC), wave pressure and light data.
Hence these data have received extensive ‘cleaning’ where unrealistic spikes due to fouling, instrument malfunction or sensor
obstruction – e.g. fish) have been removed. Every attempt has been made to ensure that these specific data are correct. However,
the additional data provided such as deposition and temperature (and to a lesser extent current speed and direction) have
received less attention and so there is less confidence in these data and should be used with caution. Finally extensive
gaps in the dataset represent either data overwriting (by the nephelometer), instrument snagging (current meter) or instrument
Nephelometers were sourced from the Marine Geophysics Laboratory, James Cook University. Prior to deployment each instrument
is calibrated using the laboratory’s standard procedure where calibrations for turbidity (to normalise readings for standardisation
across all instruments), pressure and light are performed. The instruments were deployed for periods spanning from 2 to
5 months at seven inshore locations. On retrieval the data from each instrument are downloaded and pasted into a spreadsheet
where the calibrations (prior to deployment) are applied to showcase the time series of the data.
Site calibrations of benthic sediment to instrument normalised turbidity readings are applied to convert the NTU turbidity
measurements to suspended sediment concentrations (SSC). This spreadsheet is used to also remove spurious data from the
time series that have been due to instrument fouling, malfunction or obstruction. In some cases the instrument was flooded
or lost and so no data are available for that deployment period. In other cases, the measurement of one or more of the parameters
was not recorded by the instrument (due to issues mentioned previously) and so only the reliable data have been plotted.
The current meter (Marotte) was also sourced from the Marine Geophysics Laboratory, James Cook University and downloaded
using their software.
We note that the turbidity, wave pressure and light data provided have been thoroughly checked for QA/QC procedures. However,
the temperate and current meter data have not been thoroughly checked and there will be instances where the data from these
instruments are spurious. We caution against using these data unless a thorough QA/QC process is implemented. In some cases,
on longer deployments the earlier data were overwritten on the nephelometer and so these data have been lost.
The data are provided as Microsoft Excel files (a separate file for each site). Due to the limit of the number of rows
permitted by Excel, the time series data have been spread across 3 worksheets for each file.
TIMESERIES.XLSX for each location
TIMESTAMP: date and time of measurement at 10 minute frequency [DD/MM/YYYY Hour:Minute]
NTUe: turbidity measurements in units in filter effluent (NTUe)
SSC: (mg.L-1) – suspended sediment concentrations converted from NTUe measurements
LIGHT (µE.m-2.s-1):measure of light per 10 minute sensor reading
DEPTH: of instrument from surface (m)
RMS: measure of wave pressure
TEMP: (degrees C) of water
CURRENT METER DATA
heading (degrees CW from North)
speed upper (m/s)
speed lower (m/s)
direction (radians CCW from East)
Lewis, S., Bainbridge, Z. Stevens, T. Garzon-Garcia, A. Chen, C. Burton, J. Bahadori, M. Rezaei Rashti, M. Gorman, J. Smithers,
S. Olley, J. Moody, P. Dehayr, R. (2018) Sediment tracing from the catchment to reef: preliminary results from 2018 flood
plume case studies, logger and sediment trap time series and an overview of project progress. Report to the National Environmental
Science Programme. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns.
This dataset is filed in the eAtlas enduring data repository at: data\custodian\2019-2022-NESP-TWQ-5\5.8_Origin-detrimental-sediment