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Catskill Science Collaborative

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Facilitating collaboration and outreach in the Catskills, NY region

2018 Conference

The Catskill Environmental Research and Monitoring conference is an opportunity for researchers, resource managers, and others working on environmental management in the Catskills to network and collaborate. CERM 2018 features an expanded three-day format to include field trips and workshop. To learn more and register to attend, visit http://ashokanstreams.org/conferences-training/research-conference/

About the Catskill Science Collaborative

The Catskill Science Collaborative is a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to facilitating collaboration and outreach by those doing environmental research in Catskill Mountain region of New York State. Funded by NY State through Environmental Protection Funds and coordinated by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the CSC carries forward the goals of the Catskill Environmental Research and Monitoring (CERM) group, an informal collaboration initiated in 2010. The CSC includes the Cary Institute, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster Country, the US Geological Survey, the NY State Museum, and many other research partners.

Goals

Promote scientific research and environmental monitoring in the Catskill region on topics relevant to natural resource management.

Provide a locus for exchange of information between resource managers (e.g., NYDEC, NYC DEP, private landowners) and scientists.

Promote the development of “scientific infrastructure” (e.g., databases, bibliographies, intensive research sites) that improves the opportunities for collaboration among Catskill researchers.

Project ID Title Project Description

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Two soil pits were excavated in each of 25 small catchments in the Catskills region in the summer of 2011. One pit was located near the watershed outlet, while the other was located at an elevation approximately half way between the watershed outlet and the watershed crest. Samples were collected from the combined Oi and Oe horizons, the combined Oa and A horizons, the 0-10 cm mineral soil layer, the 10-20 cm mineral soil layer, the layer from 20 cm to bedrock or C horizon, and the C horizon where present. A “quantitive pit” approach was used to determine the mass of soil in each layer per square meter of land surface area. This allowed for the computation of element pools in the soils. Chemical analyses included total C and N, pH, exchangeable cations, organically bound Al and H, and total contents of 26 elements using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry. The methods and a summary of the results may be found in Johnson (2013, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, vol. 1298, pp. 30-42). These results are expected to be useful in future monitoring efforts through resampling of the study sites.
Status: Completed
Duration: 06/01/2010 - 05/31/2014
Data Availability
Downloadable: 2 datasets

Delineation of forest stands in watershed lands located to the east and west of the Hudson River, NY. Stand delineation data are updated routinely as new lands are acquired and as stand boundaries change due to a shift in forest structure (e.g., management activities, disturbance). Variables collected for each forest stand are land cover (Anderson 1979 methodology) and area.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/2003 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 1 dataset

Routine, regularly updated hydrology data to monitor the drinking water supply. Variables include many standard water quality analytes.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/1987 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 2 datasets

Routine, ongoing, and regularly updated limnology assessments to monitor the drinking water supply in NYCDEP reservoirs.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/1987 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 2 datasets

Monthly sampling by NYCDEP at wastewater treatment plants for surveillance, modeling, and compliance.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/1987 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 1 dataset

Forest inventory plots collected by NYCDEP contractors on NYC watershed lands. Data includes plot locations (shapefile) and access database with forest inventory variables. Data is summarized at the stand level.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/2009 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 2 datasets

Forest plot sampling of 13 watersheds across the Catskill Mountains, New York. Data for this project was collected as part of a larger-scale effort to document the distribution of forest types within the Catskills using three similar methods of determining relative basal area for all canopy species.
Status: Completed
Duration: 01/01/1997 - 12/31/2000
Data Availability
Downloadable: 2 datasets

Collection of baseline water quality, water level, vegetation, and soils data from reference wetlands in the West of Hudson watershed.
Status: Active
Duration: 06/01/2004 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 1 dataset

This project is a common suite of meteorological data for NYCDEP that is regularly updated in one minute time increments spanning from 1996 to present. Variables include: temperature, solar radiation, wind direction and speed, snow depth, pressure and precipitation.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/1996 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 1 dataset

Regularly updated, real-time snow depth, snow water equivalence, and snow temperature data collected at bi-weekly or hourly intervals depending on the dataset.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/1963 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 2 datasets

Routine limnological monitoring to check for the presence of Zebra Mussels and Spiny Water Fleas, both invasive species, in NYCDEP reservoirs.
Status: Active
Duration: 01/01/1992 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 2 datasets

Collection of data on breeding amphibian use and health, water levels, basic water quality, and topographic settings of the pools.
Status: Active
Duration: 04/01/2010 - Ongoing
Data Availability
By request: 1 dataset

Single-species plots of five different tree species were fertilized with nitrogen to determine the impacts of atmospheric deposition on trees and soils.
Status: Completed
Duration: 07/01/1997 - 09/30/2010
Data Availability
Downloadable: 1 dataset

Vegetation cover maps produced for the Catskill Mountains in New York using remotely-sensed Landsat imagery.
Status: Completed
Duration: 01/01/1997 - 08/01/2001
Data Availability
Downloadable: 3 datasets

USGS Stream Gages
Status: Active
Duration: 10/01/1931 - Ongoing
Data Availability
Downloadable: 1 dataset

"The MDN is the only network providing a longterm record of total mercury (Hg) concentration and deposition in precipitation in the United States and Canada. All MDN sites follow standard procedures and have uniform precipitation chemistry collectors and gages." (From Mercury Deposition Network website - see link to left)
Status: Active
Duration: 03/09/2004 - Ongoing
Data Availability
Downloadable: 1 dataset

"Data were collected to assess fish communities and estimate population size and biomass for each species at each sampling site." (From USGS website -see dataset links)
Status: Completed
Duration: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2017
Data Availability
Downloadable: 1 dataset

"CASTNET is a national monitoring network established to assess trends in pollutant concentrations, atmospheric deposition, and ecological effects due to changes in air pollutant emissions." (from CASTNET website, see link to left)
Status: Active
Duration: 05/01/1994 - Ongoing
Data Availability
Downloadable: 1 dataset

"Land-based observations are collected from instruments sited at locations on every continent. They include temperature, dew point, relative humidity, precipitation, wind speed and direction, visibility, atmospheric pressure, and types of weather occurrences such as hail, fog, and thunder. " https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data (From Land-Based Station Data website to left)
Status: Active
Duration: 06/01/1924 - Ongoing
Data Availability
Downloadable: 1 dataset

Map of the Catskill Science Collaborative Area
Red box denotes the geographic extent of the Catskill Science Collaborative

Principal collaborators in the Catskill Science Collaborative include:

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (https://www.caryinstitute.org/)
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/)
US Geological Survey (https://www.usgs.gov/)
Catskill Institute for the Environment
NYS Energy Research and Devlopment Authority (https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/)
Syracuse University (https://www.syracuse.edu/)
Bard Center for Environmental Policy (http://www.bard.edu/cep/)