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The Dataset's Variables and Attributes

Row Type Variable Name Attribute Name Data Type Value
attribute NC_GLOBAL cdm_data_type String TimeSeries
attribute NC_GLOBAL cdm_timeseries_variables String waterbody,station,sensor_type,sensor_serial_number
attribute NC_GLOBAL contributor_name String Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR)
attribute NC_GLOBAL contributor_role String owner
attribute NC_GLOBAL Conventions String COARDS, CF-1.6, ACDD-1.3
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_email String info(at)
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_name String CMAR
attribute NC_GLOBAL creator_type String person
attribute NC_GLOBAL date_created String 2021-01-19T19:43:36Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL defaultDataQuery String &time>=min(time)
attribute NC_GLOBAL Easternmost_Easting double -60.98854
attribute NC_GLOBAL featureType String TimeSeries
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_max double 46.08417
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_min double 45.59586
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lat_units String degrees_north
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_max double -60.98854
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_min double -61.45722
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_lon_units String degrees_east
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_vertical_max double 42.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_vertical_min double 1.0
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_vertical_positive String down
attribute NC_GLOBAL geospatial_vertical_units String m
attribute NC_GLOBAL infoUrl String (external link)
attribute NC_GLOBAL institution String Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR)
attribute NC_GLOBAL instrument String hobo-10755232,hobo-10755215,hobo-10778922,hobo-10778916,hobo-10034851,hobo-10034865,hobo-10755204,hobo-10755206,hobo-10778921,hobo-10778923,hobo-10755219,hobo-10755217,hobo-10755218,hobo-10778918,hobo-10817401,aquameasure-670295,aquameasure-670352,aquameasure-670285,hobo-10778914,hobo-10779129,hobo-10817399,aquameasure-670290,aquameasure-670296,hobo-10777103,hobo-10817503,aquameasure-671015,aquameasure-671045,aquameasure-680360,aquameasure-671010,aquameasure-671014,aquameasure-680323,hobo-20495242
attribute NC_GLOBAL keywords String aquaculture, buoy, centre for marine applied research, climate change, cmar, coast, coastal monitoring program, dissolved oxygen, downloadable data, ecosystem, environment, environmental monitoring, essential ocean variables, fisheries, fishing, inverness county, mooring, nova scotia, ocean, oceanography, salinity, temperature, water quality
attribute NC_GLOBAL license String Nova Scotia Open Government Licence
attribute NC_GLOBAL Northernmost_Northing double 46.08417
attribute NC_GLOBAL publisher_email String info(at)
attribute NC_GLOBAL publisher_institution String Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR)
attribute NC_GLOBAL publisher_name String Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR)
attribute NC_GLOBAL sourceUrl String (local files)
attribute NC_GLOBAL Southernmost_Northing double 45.59586
attribute NC_GLOBAL standard_name_vocabulary String CF Standard Name Table v55
attribute NC_GLOBAL subsetVariables String waterbody, station, sensor_type, sensor_serial_number,lease,string_configuration,qc_flag_dissolved_oxygen,qc_flag_salinity,qc_flag_temperature
attribute NC_GLOBAL summary String The Centre for Marine Applied Research’s (CMAR) Coastal Monitoring Program provides high resolution data on ocean variables from around the coast of Nova Scotia. The program was initiated by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the early 1990s. In 2019, CMAR assumed responsibility for the program and expanded its scope and mandate. Through the Water Quality Branch of the program, CMAR collects temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity data using sensors deployed on “sensor strings”. A sensor string typically consists of a line anchored to the sea floor by an acoustic release and suspended by a sub-surface buoy, with sensors attached at various depths below the surface (as measured at low tide). Alternatively, a string may be attached to surface moorings, including floating docks, buoys, and equipment. Sensor strings are deployed for several months, and data are measured every 1 minute to 1 hour. Sensors are retrieved for data offload by triggering the acoustic release when applicable, by directly removing from surface moorings, or occasionally by divers or grappling methods. Automated Quality Control tests have been applied to the data to identify outlying and unexpected observations. The results of these tests are summarized in the “qc_flag” columns of the dataset. Each data point is assigned a flag value of “Pass”, “Suspect/Of Interest”, “Fail”, or “Not Evaluated”. Observations flagged as “Pass” passed all tests and can be included in analyses. Dissolved oxygen observations flagged as “Suspect/Of Interest” likely indicate biofouling signals and should be excluded from analysis or used with extreme caution. Observations for other variables flagged as “Suspect/Of Interest” should be reviewed before being included in analyses. Observations flagged as “Fail” should be excluded from most analyses. Some tests cannot be applied to certain observations, which will be flagged as “Not Evaluated”. These observations can typically be included in analyses. Flags should be used as a guide only, and data users are responsible for evaluating the quality of the data prior to use in any analysis. For more information about the Quality Control tests, visit the CMAR Data Governance website ( The Coastal Monitoring Program Water Quality data is organized by county. These datasets are very large, typically exceeding the number of rows that can be viewed in Excel. CMAR recommends filtering the data to the waterbody, station, depth, quality control flag, and/or time period of interest before exporting. A chart derived from the dataset also allows for interactive filtering and export ( The "Nova Scotia Water Quality Data: Station Locations" dataset on this Portal shows additional locations with available Water Quality data collected through CMAR’s Coastal Monitoring Program ( Summary reports by county are available on the CMAR website ( Data can also be downloaded from the ERDDAP server through the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) platform ( Data collection and retrieval are ongoing. The datasets and reports may be revised pending ongoing data collection and analyses. If you have accessed any Coastal Monitoring Program data, CMAR would appreciate your feedback: Please acknowledge the Centre for Marine Applied Research in any published material that uses this data. Contact for more information.
attribute NC_GLOBAL time_coverage_end String 2022-10-24T12:45:00Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL time_coverage_start String 2015-11-26T21:20:51Z
attribute NC_GLOBAL title String Inverness County Water Quality Data
attribute NC_GLOBAL Westernmost_Easting double -61.45722
variable waterbody   String  
attribute waterbody ioos_category String Unknown
attribute waterbody long_name String Waterbody
variable station   String  
attribute station cf_role String timeseries_id
attribute station ioos_category String Identifier
attribute station long_name String Station
variable lease   String  
attribute lease ioos_category String Unknown
attribute lease long_name String Lease
variable latitude   float  
attribute latitude _CoordinateAxisType String Lat
attribute latitude actual_range float 45.59586, 46.08417
attribute latitude axis String Y
attribute latitude colorBarMaximum double 90.0
attribute latitude colorBarMinimum double -90.0
attribute latitude ioos_category String Location
attribute latitude long_name String Latitude
attribute latitude standard_name String latitude
attribute latitude units String degrees_north
variable longitude   float  
attribute longitude _CoordinateAxisType String Lon
attribute longitude actual_range float -61.45722, -60.98854
attribute longitude axis String X
attribute longitude colorBarMaximum double 180.0
attribute longitude colorBarMinimum double -190.0
attribute longitude ioos_category String Location
attribute longitude long_name String Longitude
attribute longitude standard_name String longitude
attribute longitude units String degrees_east
variable deployment_start_date   double  
attribute deployment_start_date actual_range double 1.448496E9, 1.6594848E9
attribute deployment_start_date ioos_category String Time
attribute deployment_start_date long_name String Deployment Start Date
attribute deployment_start_date source_name String deployment_start_date
attribute deployment_start_date time_origin String 01-JAN-1970 00:00:00
attribute deployment_start_date time_precision String 1970-01-01
attribute deployment_start_date units String seconds since 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
variable deployment_end_date   double  
attribute deployment_end_date actual_range double 1.472688E9, 1.6665696E9
attribute deployment_end_date ioos_category String Time
attribute deployment_end_date long_name String Deployment End Date
attribute deployment_end_date source_name String deployment_end_date
attribute deployment_end_date time_origin String 01-JAN-1970 00:00:00
attribute deployment_end_date time_precision String 1970-01-01
attribute deployment_end_date units String seconds since 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
variable string_configuration   String  
attribute string_configuration ioos_category String Unknown
attribute string_configuration long_name String String Configuration
variable sensor_type   String  
attribute sensor_type ioos_category String Unknown
attribute sensor_type long_name String Sensor Type
variable sensor_serial_number   String  
attribute sensor_serial_number ioos_category String Unknown
attribute sensor_serial_number long_name String Sensor Serial Number
variable time   double  
attribute time _CoordinateAxisType String Time
attribute time actual_range double 1.448572851E9, 1.6666155E9
attribute time axis String T
attribute time ioos_category String Time
attribute time long_name String Timestamp
attribute time source_name String timestamp_utc
attribute time standard_name String time
attribute time time_origin String 01-JAN-1970 00:00:00
attribute time time_precision String 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
attribute time units String seconds since 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z
variable depth   float  
attribute depth _CoordinateAxisType String Height
attribute depth _CoordinateZisPositive String down
attribute depth actual_range float 1.0, 42.0
attribute depth axis String Z
attribute depth colorBarMaximum double 8000.0
attribute depth colorBarMinimum double -8000.0
attribute depth colorBarPalette String TopographyDepth
attribute depth ioos_category String Location
attribute depth long_name String Sensor depth at low tide
attribute depth positive String down
attribute depth standard_name String depth
attribute depth units String m
variable dissolved_oxygen   float  
attribute dissolved_oxygen actual_range float -0.6, 128.0
attribute dissolved_oxygen ioos_category String Dissolved O2
attribute dissolved_oxygen long_name String Volume Fraction Of Oxygen In Sea Water
attribute dissolved_oxygen standard_name String volume_fraction_of_oxygen_in_sea_water
attribute dissolved_oxygen units String % saturation
variable salinity   float  
attribute salinity actual_range float 22.2, 24.5
attribute salinity ioos_category String Salinity
attribute salinity long_name String Salinity
attribute salinity units String PSU
variable temperature   float  
attribute temperature _FillValue float NaN
attribute temperature actual_range float -0.311, 26.989
attribute temperature ioos_category String Temperature
attribute temperature long_name String Sea Water Temperature
attribute temperature standard_name String sea_water_temperature
attribute temperature units String degrees_Celsius
variable qc_flag_dissolved_oxygen   String  
attribute qc_flag_dissolved_oxygen ancillary_variables String dissolved_oxygen_percent_saturation
attribute qc_flag_dissolved_oxygen ioos_category String Quality
attribute qc_flag_dissolved_oxygen long_name String Quality Flag for Parameter: Dissolved Oxygen (Percent Saturation)
attribute qc_flag_dissolved_oxygen standard_name String quality_flag
variable qc_flag_salinity   String  
attribute qc_flag_salinity ancillary_variables String salinity_psu
attribute qc_flag_salinity ioos_category String Quality
attribute qc_flag_salinity long_name String Quality Flag for Parameter: Salinity (PSU)
attribute qc_flag_salinity standard_name String quality_flag
variable qc_flag_temperature   String  
attribute qc_flag_temperature ancillary_variables String temperature_degree_c
attribute qc_flag_temperature ioos_category String Quality
attribute qc_flag_temperature long_name String Quality Flag for Parameter: Temperature (Degree Celsius)
attribute qc_flag_temperature standard_name String quality_flag

The information in the table above is also available in other file formats (.csv, .htmlTable, .itx, .json, .jsonlCSV1, .jsonlCSV, .jsonlKVP, .mat, .nc, .nccsv, .tsv, .xhtml) via a RESTful web service.

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