Primary Productivity in the Hudson River Data
expanded metadata and resources
Primary productivity is a term used to describe the rate at which plants and other photosynthetic organisms (producers) in an ecosystem use sunlight or other energy sources to build organic compounds like sugars. This is important because producers feed the other organisms in the ecosystem, which are called consumers.
Estuaries are among the most productive marine ecosystems, yet their productivity level fluctuates greatly through the seasons and in different parts of the estuary.
Using data from the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observation System (HRECOS) you can look at how primary productivity changes daily and over the growing season. HRECOS uses automated sensors to record real-time data on Hudson River conditions (temperature, dissolved oxygen, etc) and weather (rainfall, wind speed, etc.)
Data Source: “Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System.” 2012. Norrie Point Environmental Center Station. Accessed August 18th, 2017. http://www.hrecos.org/
Prepared by Christine Courtsunis (Newburgh HS) & Jonathan Howe (Poughkeepsie Day School)
Register for Data Jam
April 29 – Competition registrations and parent/guardian consent forms due.
May 20– Project submissions due online by 11:59pm EST.
June 12 – Data Jam Expo and Awards Ceremony at Cary Institute. All prizes awarded during the event.