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Spring Temperature Data Set from New York and New England

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Title: Dataset: Temperatures and flow rates for some springs in New England, 2017-18

Authors: Dallas Abbott1, William Menke1, Juliette Lamoureux2, Dionne Hutson2 and Alyssa Marrero3

1Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, New York
2City College of New York, New York, New York
3Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York
Summary: In 2017-2018, we visited a suite of about 80 springs in New York and New England (USA). We measured water temperature with a Lascar EL-WIFI-TP digital temperature logger (0.1°C precision) at the closest accessible point to the source, which was usually the reservoir inside a spring house or the outflow pipe from a spring house. When both reservoir and outflow pipe were accessible, we found that temperatures agreed to within ±0.2°C. We also measured the flow rate of the spring with a bucket and a stopwatch, with a repeatability of about ±10%.

A temperature anomaly ∆T was determined for each spring by subtracting the annual average temperature at the spring site. Annually averaged temperatures are rarely available for spring sites but are available for airports via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Center for Environmental Information. We therefore used the annually averaged temperature for the nearest airport (typically ~10-20 km away), corrected to the elevation of the spring using the dry adiabatic lapse rate of 9.8°C/km.

Data was used in the following paper:

Menke, W., Lamoureux, J., Abbott, D., Hopper, E., Hutson, D. and Marrero, A., 2018. Crustal heating and lithospheric alteration and erosion associated with asthenospheric upwelling beneath southern New England (USA). Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 123(10), pp.8995-9008.

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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