[magick]-ally adding images to figures

By Shannon Dunnigan I create most of my data visualizations using R, which for most people seems like such a daunting task. Yes, R certainly has a learning curve, especially if you are not familiar with writing code, but there are so many cool things you can create using it! We have talked about R…

The visualization of rain

By Shannon Dunnigan I am sure most of you NERRds can agree that the visualization of data is an integral part of the scientific process. In fact, I would further argue that it does not simply occur ONCE, but multiple times throughout the process. Visualization is a key step in detecting patterns and relationships within…

“Big” Irma at the GTM

By Shannon Dunnigan We’re still here! It has been a crazy few weeks for us NERRds with “Big Irma” and we were unable to contribute to our monthly blog post schedule (we release new content the first and third Wednesday of every month). We hope everyone that was affected by Irma is on their way…

Eclipsing the sensor

The following post was written by a guest writer and a true fellow NERRd! Seriously, though, she works at another NERR… Kim Cressman is the Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for Grand Bay NERR and a part of the SWMPrats team. She has a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington,…

Re-Coding Our Data Files

By Katie Petrinec Let me begin with where we left off last… After realizing that our dataset contained turbidity values that exceed 1000 NTUs. We realized that further steps were needed in preparing the data before we could begin any sort of analyses. If we were noticing these patterns in the turbidity data, what about…

Understanding Our Data Files

By Katie Petrinec For the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to really delve into our SWMP data with the goal of providing a 10-year analysis of SWMP data [almost] since the program’s inception at the GTMNERR. Analyses of the SWMP datasets are necessary to identify estuarine impacts of events like hurricanes or prolonged droughts,…