Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce

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Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory

IRL Species Inventory welcome image

The Smithsonian Marine Station is located on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a 156-mile estuary that is home to one of the most diverse assemblages of estuarine plants and animals in the United States. In 1997, we became the depository for the Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory - an extensive taxonomic listing of the protists, plants and animals that occur in the local lagoonal system.  Since that time, we have greatly expanded the species inventory and will continue to do so with a goal of promoting public awareness and the need for stewardship of the IRL as an invaluable marine resource.

The Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory has proven to be of increasing use to students, the public and scientific community, and we encourage you to explore this dynamic, ever-growing online database.

Local Environmental Data


Weather Tower Detailed report on environmental data at SMS

*Current Water and Weather Data
In 2006, we began monitoring the water quality at our dock just south of the Fort Pierce Inlet in the Indian River Lagoon. In mid-2009, we installed a 25' tower with meteoro-logical sensors to record weather data. The water and weather data is recorded continually, and is posted every 10 minutes.

*Detailed Environmental Data
View and download our water quality and meteorologi-cal data including 24-hour reports, recent (weekly) readings, and all archived data.







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