About the Hydrological Monitoring Reporting Format

The ESS-DIVE Hydrologic Monitoring Reporting Format is intended for water level, temperature, electrical conductivity, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, and pH data measured in situ using sensors deployed in water bodies. The user can also include data from variables/parameters outside the scope.


Read about the Reporting Format and access all of the files at the GitBook, GitHub, or ESS-DIVE dataset. If you're new to the Reporting Format, we recommend using the GitBook.

Quickstart Guide

1 - Read the Instructions file

2 - Download the four templates (Data, Installation Methods, File-Level Metadata, and Data Dictionary). There are MS Excel versions with instructions and examples included, and there are csv versions with no guidance content. See the Term Guide for guidance as needed.

3 - Review the Recommended Vocabulary File for suggested column headers for your data file(s). If you choose to use your own column headers, the only allowed special characters are underscores and hyphens. No spaces are allowed.

4 - Populate all required fields in the templates and populate optional fields as desired. No empty cells are permitted. Omit the optional columns you do not populate. Find the full list of fields to populate in the MS Excel templates and in the Term Guide

A Quick Look at the Templates

Screengrabs of the Data File and Installation Methods templates with the required fields filled in with example information are below. The MS Excel templates include these examples and examples that include optional fields.

Data File template (required fields only):

Installation Methods template (required fields only):

How to contribute

This ESS-DIVE Hydrologic Monitoring Reporting Format is evolving and growing to meet the needs of the community. Feedback and new contributions are welcome. If you would like to suggest a change to the Reporting Format please submit a GitHub issue using one of the templates we provide.

If you have any questions about this reporting format, you can also directly email ESS-DIVE support at ess-dive-support@lbl.gov. Our issue templates were based on those used by Darwin Core (Darwin Core maintenance group, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) (2014). Darwin Core. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.592792)

Licensing Information

This repository content is licensed for use under the CC BY 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Funding and acknowledgements

Funding for the development of ESS-DIVE Hydrologic Monitoring Reporting Format was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Climate and Environmental Science Division, Data Management program.

Goldman A E ; Ren H ; Torgeson J ; Zhou H (2021): ESS-DIVE Reporting Format for Hydrologic Monitoring Data and Metadata. Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE). doi:10.15485/1822940

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