Articles | Volume 18, issue 15
Research article
09 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 09 Aug 2021

Temporal variability and driving factors of the carbonate system in the Aransas Ship Channel, TX, USA: a time series study

Melissa R. McCutcheon, Hongming Yao, Cory J. Staryk, and Xinping Hu

Data sets

Sensor continuous measurements of pH, partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2), salinity and temperature at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute Research Pier, Aransas Ship Channel, TX, Gulf of Mexico from 2016-11-08 to 2017-08-23 (NCEI Accession 0222572) Xinping Hu and Melissa R. McCutcheon

Carbonate chemistry in Mission Aransas Estuary from May 2014 to Feb 2017 and Dec 2018 to Feb 2020 Melissa R. McCutcheon and Xinping Hu

Carbonate chemistry effects from Hurricane Harvey in San Antonio Bay and Mission Aransas Estuary from 2017-02-22 to 2018-11-15 Xinping Hu

Short summary
We used 5+ years of discrete samples and 10 months of hourly sensor measurements to explore temporal variability and environmental controls on pH and pCO2 at the Aransas Ship Channel. Seasonal and diel variability were both present but small compared to other regions in the literature. Despite the small tidal range, tidal control often surpassed biological control. In comparison with sensor data, discrete samples were generally representative of mean annual and seasonal carbonate chemistry.
Final-revised paper