NS&T is comprised of three nationwide programs, Benthic Surveillance, Mussel Watch and Bioeffects that are designed to describe the current status of, and detect changes in, the environmental quality of our Nation's estuarine and coastal waters through environmental monitoring, assessment and related research. In addition, NS&T has also completed Special Studies designed to help assess the environmental impacts of various events. Benthic Surveillance was discontinued in 1993. The other programs are still active.
There are two ways to download data from any NS&T program.
The first way is by using our interactive data download tool. Using this tool is recommended when one is looking for data from a specific geographic location.
This tool may be accessed here.
In addition to the interactive tool, there are ASCII files that contain data on this web page. This data is parsed by study and data type. For large studies like Mussel Watch, the data is also parsed by geographic region. Using this method is recommended when one is looking for data from a specific study or program.
For more information about downloading data, please contact either our branch chief Greg Piniak by e-mail at Greg.Piniak@noaa.gov or at 301-713-3028 ext 115, or our database manager Oren Perez by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bioeffects Assessment Program identifies and assesses biological effects associated with contaminant exposure. Over forty intensive regional studies have been conducted since 1986 using the Sediment Quality Triad approach which utilizes a stratified random sampling method to determine the areal extent of contaminated sediments. The data include: sediment chemistry, toxicity, and species diversity and quantity for the same suite of organic contaminants and trace metals as the Mussel Watch Program.
The units for these contaminants can be found here.
Benthic Surveillance (1984-1993)