Great Lakes Sediment Archive Database (1960-1975)

Great Lakes Sediment Archive Database (1960-1975) The Great Lakes Sediment Database (also known as the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Sediment Archive) is an archive of data on the sediments of the Great Lakes, their connecting channels, and the St. Lawrence River which was collected by NWRI and in cooperation with other agencies between 1960 and 1975. It is housed in Environment and Climate Change Canada's Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. The data has been subdivided into two groups according to location and purpose: 1.Great Lakes Basin Sediment Data: physical and geochemical data for sediment samples and cores collected lakewide in lakes Ontario, Erie, St. Clair, Huron (including Georgian Bay), Michigan and Superior between 1960 and 1975 by R.L. Thomas, A.L.W. Kemp and C.F.M. Lewis of NWRI. The data includes descriptions of sediment and core properties, grain-size statistics and sediment geochemistry; 2. Nearshore Sediments Data: physical data for samples and cores, bathymetry, and sediment thickness collected in the Canadian nearshore zone of lakes Ontario, Erie, St. Clair, Huron and Georgian Bay between 1960 and 1975. The data includes descriptions of sediment and core properties, grain-size statistics, sediment patterns and x-radiographs of sediment cores. Underwater photographs are also available for Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Supplemental Information The database was prepared to preserve historic and current sediment data and make it available for research, remediation, lake and shoreline management, habitat studies and engineering projects. Because the basin and nearshore surveys were the first systematic and detailed surveys of both zones, their data should also be useful for studies of trends in physical properties, sediment transport, and contamination or trophic levels. The sediment-sample archive serves the same purpose by making historic samples available for analysis of changes in composition or geotechnical properties. The database was produced by Dr. Norm Rukavina, formerly of NWRI, as an archive of his own sediment data and that of some of his colleagues and associates. Marilyn Dunnett was responsible for the editing of the data and its quality control, and Chris Prokopec for the organization of the database, its metadata description, and the preparation of ArcView maps. 2021-12-07 Environment and Climate Change Canada open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca Nature and EnvironmentSedimentsGreat Lakeswater qualitytrendsstatusenvironmentsurveillancemonitoringsediment qualitysediment substratetoxicschemicals of mutual concernmetalsnutrientsmercuryLake OntarioLake ErieLake HuronLake SuperiorLake MichiganBay of QuinteGeorgain BayNorth ChannelBatchawana BayHamilton Harbour GreatLakesSedimentDataArchive-1960-1975.csvCSV https://data-donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/great-lakes-water-quality-monitoring-and-aquatic-ecosystem-health-data/great-lakes-sediment-archive-database-1960-1975/GreatLakesSedimentDataArchive-1960-1975.csv Scientific Publication - Spatial Distributions of Legacy Contaminants in Sediments of Lakes Hurons and SuperiorHTML http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0380133008700133 Scientific Publication - Surficial Sediment Contamination in Lakes Erie and Ontario: A Comparative AnalysisHTML http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0380133002705960 Scientific Publication - Sediment Contamination in Lake Erie: A 25-Year Retrospective AnalysisHTML http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0380133001706582 GreatLakesSediment-DataDictionary.csvCSV https://data-donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/great-lakes-water-quality-monitoring-and-aquatic-ecosystem-health-data/great-lakes-sediment-archive-database-1960-1975/GreatLakesSediment-DataDictionary.csv View ECCC Data Mart (English)HTML https://data-donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/great-lakes-water-quality-monitoring-and-aquatic-ecosystem-health-data/great-lakes-sediment-archive-database-1960-1975/ View ECCC Data Mart (French)HTML https://data-donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/substances/monitor/great-lakes-water-quality-monitoring-and-aquatic-ecosystem-health-data/great-lakes-sediment-archive-database-1960-1975/?lang=fr

The Great Lakes Sediment Database (also known as the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Sediment Archive) is an archive of data on the sediments of the Great Lakes, their connecting channels, and the St. Lawrence River which was collected by NWRI and in cooperation with other agencies between 1960 and 1975. It is housed in Environment and Climate Change Canada's Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. The data has been subdivided into two groups according to location and purpose:

1.Great Lakes Basin Sediment Data: physical and geochemical data for sediment samples and cores collected lakewide in lakes Ontario, Erie, St. Clair, Huron (including Georgian Bay), Michigan and Superior between 1960 and 1975 by R.L. Thomas, A.L.W. Kemp and C.F.M. Lewis of NWRI. The data includes descriptions of sediment and core properties, grain-size statistics and sediment geochemistry;

  1. Nearshore Sediments Data: physical data for samples and cores, bathymetry, and sediment thickness collected in the Canadian nearshore zone of lakes Ontario, Erie, St. Clair, Huron and Georgian Bay between 1960 and 1975. The data includes descriptions of sediment and core properties, grain-size statistics, sediment patterns and x-radiographs of sediment cores. Underwater photographs are also available for Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.

Supplemental Information

The database was prepared to preserve historic and current sediment data and make it available for research, remediation, lake and shoreline management, habitat studies and engineering projects. Because the basin and nearshore surveys were the first systematic and detailed surveys of both zones, their data should also be useful for studies of trends in physical properties, sediment transport, and contamination or trophic levels. The sediment-sample archive serves the same purpose by making historic samples available for analysis of changes in composition or geotechnical properties.

The database was produced by Dr. Norm Rukavina, formerly of NWRI, as an archive of his own sediment data and that of some of his colleagues and associates. Marilyn Dunnett was responsible for the editing of the data and its quality control, and Chris Prokopec for the organization of the database, its metadata description, and the preparation of ArcView maps.

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