Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN)

Metadata Updated: November 27, 2019

The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) is a part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The PMN was created as an outreach program to connect volunteers and professional scientists in the monitoring of marine phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs). NOAA staff train volunteers on sampling techniques and identification methods for marine phytoplankton. There are over 50 genera, including 10 potentially toxin producing genera, of dinoflagellates and diatoms on the volunteers watch list. A qualitative collection of data that includes salinity, temperature, depth, wind speed and direction, phytoplankton counts and abundance ratios obtained from surface tows in the estuarine and marine environments.

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Metadata Date April 29, 2014
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date November 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2006 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date April 29, 2014
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date November 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2006 (publication)
Responsible Party Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: By accessing and downloading data presented in the PMN web site you are agreeing to the following conditions: 1. The information, data records or images presented in these databases may not be reproduced, redistributed, repackaged or publicly displayed in any form without the express written permission of a curatorial staff member of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN). 2. Downloaded records, information or images from the PMN may be used strictly for non-profit purposes such as scientific, scholarly or educational activities provided the PMN is acknowledged using standard citation for electronic materials (hyperlink to citations) in all copies and the PMN notified. 3. Data are provided on an end-user basis. These data should not be redistributed to third parties without prior approval from the PMN. 4. Information in the databases may be published or remain unpublished. It is the users responsibility to verify if any information has already been published for citation purposes. 5. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided within these databases, use of the information is entirely at your own risk. All data and images are provided "AS IS" for the end user's informational purposes only. PMN and staff are not responsible for any negative consequences resulting from reliance on or use of information contained in the databases. Risk of injury rests entirely with the user. 6. The information presented is as accurate as the staff can reasonably make it. Data provided in the databases are compiled from various volunteer groups working though several different institutions. Misidentifications, re-classification of names or groups of organisms and other transcription mistakes are inherent in this field. If ever you believe a data record presented is in error for any reason, let us know what and why. The updating of information and ensuring its accuracy are continual processes.Examples for how to cite the NBI website depending which is most appropriate: * Phytoplankton Monitoring Networ (PMN). 2006. PMN website. <>. Accessed on 2006 Apr 27. * Information provided with permission of the Phtoplankton Monitoring Network, Center for Costal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, Charleston, SC, <>. 27 Apr 2006. *"Some or all of the data described in this article were produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through its National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science - Phytoplankton Monitoring Network"., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -64.8654
Bbox North Lat 59.7255
Bbox South Lat 18.35023
Bbox West Long -157.633
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Harvest Object Id 34ca25a1-d5d3-46d7-ac0b-a3f200854e65
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence None
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2001-09-13

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