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Estimates of salinity using specific conductance measurements in Caño Boquerón, Cabo Rojo, and Puerto Mosquito, Isla de Vieques; Puerto Rico, July 2015 to July 2016

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2015-07-15
End Date
2016-07-12

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Gómez-Fragoso, J.M., and Santiago-Saez, J.A., 2018, Estimates of salinity using specific conductance measurements in Caño Boquerón, Cabo Rojo, and Puerto Mosquito, Isla de Vieques; Puerto Rico, July 2015 to July 2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7WH2P6K.

Summary

The dataset includes estimates of salinity using specific conductance measurements at 1) Caño Boquerón, Cabo Rojo, and 2) Puerto Mosquito, Isla de Vieques; Puerto Rico for the period from July 2015 to July 2016. This dataset is part of a limnological analysis at Caño Boquerón and Puerto Mosquito to assess the principal factors affecting the hydrology and water-quality conditions. In addition, the study provides baseline information to regulatory agencies responsible for the management and conservation of coastal waters in Puerto Rico. The investigation focused on Caño Boquerón (disturbed conditions); and Puerto Mosquito (undisturbed conditions). Monthly measurements of specific conductance were collected at both locations.

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Purpose

The purpose of the dataset is to document estimates of salinity made using monthly specific conductance measurements at Caño Boquerón, Cabo Rojo, and Puerto Mosquito, Isla de Vieques; Puerto Rico for the period from July 2015 to July 2016. Salinity is the concentration of dissolved salts in water; is usually expressed in parts per thousand by weight; and, in impounded waters, is influenced by drainage basin inflows (Wetzel, 2001). Salinity in coastal water bodies provides valuable information regarding the hydrologic and climatic conditions influencing these ecosystems (Herrera-Silveira, 1996). Changes in salinity are often associated with in-stream runoff, groundwater interactions, and dry/wet seasons. See references: [Herrera-Silveira, J.A., 1996, Salinity and nutrients in a tropical coastal lagoon with groundwater discharges to the Gulf of Mexico: Hydrobiología, v. 321, no. 2, p. 165–176. Also available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00023172.; and (2) Wetzel, R.G., 2001, Light in inland waters, chapter 5 in Limnology—Lake and river ecosystems (3d ed.): Elsevier, p. 49–69, for further details].

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