The purpose of the ACE Basin Reserve monitoring program is to document both short-term variability and long-term changes in weather, water quality, plant and animal diversity and sea level rise in the Reserve's waterways – with the goal of informing coastal managers about the dynamics of estuarine ecosystems. Each of our 29 fellow Reserve sites around the country has similar standardized efforts, which we call the System-Wide Monitoring Program (or SWMP, pronounced "swamp").SWMP started back in 1995, and new types of data have been collected over time. Some of the water quality and weather data is available within an hour of collection, which you can access through the Reserve system's Centralized Data Management Office.
A weather station at the McKenzie Field Station in Bennetts Point monitors conditions every 15 minutes, which are uploaded hourly to an online database. The weather station measures: