Stream Event Sampling - Calvert Island - 2015-2018

The Stream Event Sampling survey is a part of the Kwakshua Watersheds Program. It was designed to investigate the change in river water chemistry (with a focus on Dissolved Organic Carbon) with changing river flow associated with a rain event. On the one hand, the goal was to collect high flow water samples for a wide range of rain events and across seasons for the seven focal stream outlets of the Kwakshua Watersheds Program. For each rain event, a single high flow sample has been selected and used in the estimate of dissolved organic carbon flux from these watersheds (Oliver et al., 2017). On the other hand, the goal was to collect a detailed sequence of stream water samples along the rising and falling limbs of the storm hydrographs of the seven focal streams. Two stream event surveys were conducted in great detail for a late summer and early fall event at all seven watersheds in 2014 . In addition several discrete high flow samples were taken during that summer (2014 data available here: In summer 2015, one rain event was captured entirely by stream event samples for all seven watersheds. After installation of the pump sampler at watershed 708, several rain events were sampled at that location in the fall of 2015. In 2016, only discrete high flow samples were collected for two rain events in April. In 2017, two full rain events were sampled at all watersheds in May and in July. Additionally, discrete high flow grab samples were taken in June and August. Several full rain events were sampled in the fall of 2017 with the autosampler at watershed 708. In 2018, only discrete high flow samples from the watershed outlets were taken at several rain events throughout the year. High flow water samples along the rising limb were taken with the aid of an automatic rack sampler. This is a mechanical device that samples water at predefined water stages. Several bottles are mounted at vertical increments above low water level. As the water level rises, bottles fill in sequence. Each bottle has an intake device that allows it to fill curing the rise while preventing further exchange of sample water with the stream. The exact water stages are determined with the aid of an Odyssey water stage logger installed nearby. In fall 2015, an automatic electronic pump sampler was installed at watershed 708, which allowed us to remotely (or programmatically) trigger the collection of stream samples. Samples taken prior to a rain event and along the falling limb of an hydrograph were taken manually. These three distinct sample methods are named Rack Sample (RS), Auto Sample (AS) and Grab Sample (GS). Sample water was analyzed for SUVA from Hakai Institute; Dissolved Organic Carbon and Alkalinity, cations and anions from North Road Analytical Laboratory; DO13C from GGHATCH; Total Dissolved Nitrogen, Total Nitrogen, Total Dissolved Phosphorous, Total Phosphorous, NH4 and O18/H2 isotopes from University of Alberta; NO3, SiO2 and PO4 from UBC; Particular Organic Matter from UC Davies; Specific Conductance, temperature, pH, ORP and DO from in situ collection with a YSI.

Sample metadata includes the time of collection (Pacific Standard Time), the time a sample was retrieved from either the rack sampler or the autosampler, the time of sample preservation and filtration and the date of sample analysis. It also includes a ‘sampling bout’, which indicates the chronological order of a set of samples that were taken during the same storm event at the same watershed. Further on the sampling method is indicated (RS, AS or GS). Please consult the ‘STR_data_dictionary_2015-2018’ file for a detailed description of all variables and acronyms used as column headers and flags, including units for each variable.

Samples collected in 2014 only includes Dissolved Organic Carbon and SUV absorbance samples. Sample ID labels do not correspond with current Hakai ID’s and are therefore not stored in the Hakai data portal. Therefore, these data are stored in a separate spreadsheet (STR data package 2014 v1.21.xlsx) in the following data package: The data collected in 2014 have been analyzed and reported in the MSc thesis of M.C. Korver (2015). The data of 2015 and beyond are here available but have yet to be analyzed. This dataset is near completion: POMS data collected in April, August and November 2018 is awaiting processing at UC DAVIES and O18 data collected in November 2018 is awaiting analysis at the University of Alberta. References: Korver, M.C., van Meerveld, H.J., Floyd, W.C., Waterloo, M.J.: Dissolved organic carbon fluxes of seven watersheds in a bog forest ecosystem at Calvert Island, British Columbia, Canada. VU University Amsterdam and Hakai Institute. MSc thesis extension, 2015. (available on Hakai metadata portal) Oliver, A. A., Tank, S. E., Giesbrecht, I., Korver, M. C., Floyd, W. C., Sanborn, P., Bulmer, C., and Lertzman, K. P.: A global hotspot for dissolved organic carbon in hypermaritime watersheds of coastal British Columbia, Biogeosciences, 14, 3743-3762,, 2017 Credits: Maartje Korver, Ian Giesbrecht, Ilja van Meerveld, Bill Floyd, Maarten Waterloo, Allison Oliver, and Suzanne Tank. Acknowledgements: We wish to thank all the field assistants that have been involved in collecting these data, often under challenging conditions: Chris Coxson and David Norwell who have taken temporary leading roles, Isabelle Desmarais, Emily Haughton, Rob White, Christian Standring, Libby Harmsworth, Lori Johnson, Ben Millard-Martin, Stewart Butler, Ondine Pontier, Kaia Bryce, Carolyn Knapper and Midoli Bresch. Many thanks to Matthew Foster for his general IT support and help with data management, and also to James McPhail and Shawn Hateley for the installation of the Autosampler. Finally, we are grateful for the excellent care of the facility staff at Calvert Island.

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Metadata Reference Date(s) March 26, 2021, 22:22 (UTC) (Lastupdate)
Dataset Reference Date(s) July 05, 2019 (Creation)
July 05, 2019 (Publication)
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