Tampa Bay Ocean and Coastal Acidification Monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan

Open-File Report 2019-1003
Prepared in cooperation with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program
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Coastal acidification caused by eutrophication, freshwater inflow, and upwelling is already affecting many estuaries worldwide and can be exacerbated by ocean acidification that is caused by increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Effective management, mitigation, and (or) adaptation to the effects of coastal and ocean acidification require careful monitoring of the resulting changes in seawater chemistry. Local, regional, and national agencies and institutions organizing acidification-monitoring and research efforts work toward standardizing data collection and reporting protocols so that data can be shared and compared across regions and synthesized into national assessments. This document describes a Quality Assurance Project Plan for the collection and reporting of seawater chemical and physical data using standardized methods and published best practices relevant for monitoring coastal and ocean acidification. The plan specifically addresses procedures for a joint partnership, the Tampa Bay Ocean and Coastal Acidification Monitoring project, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program in the Tampa Bay estuary, Florida. The plan describes recommended procedures for project organization, sampling process design and methods, data-quality objectives and criteria, data validation and management procedures, and project deliverables.

Suggested Citation

Yates, K.K., Moore, C.S., Goldstein, N.H., and Sherwood, E.T., 2019, Tampa Bay Ocean and Coastal Acidification Monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1003, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191003.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Data Acquisition and Processing
  • 3. Documents and Records
  • 4. Assessment, Oversight, and Reports to Management
  • 5. Data Review, Verification, and Validation
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Sensor Specifications
  • Appendix 2. Data Management Plan
  • Appendix 3. Water Sampling Protocol for Total Alkalinity, Dissolved Inorganic Carbon, and pH Analyses
  • Appendix 4. Sample Data and Chain of Custody Forms
  • Appendix 5. Standard Operating Procedures for Chemical Analyses
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Tampa Bay Ocean and Coastal Acidification Monitoring Quality Assurance Project Plan
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2019-1003
DOI 10.3133/ofr20191003
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description x, 35 p.
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Tampa Bay
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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