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Background and Software

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The information provided in the Contaminant Exposure and Effects-Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database profiles available geo-referenced information on contaminant exposure and effects in terrestrial vertebrates along the U. S. Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts (including Hawaii and Alaska ) and the Great Lakes. Sources of data are provided on a separate list of over 1,200 references. The database contains 20,120 records and is approximately 25 MB.

 

 

 

Sources of Information

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a. Published data for the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts and the Great Lakes were obtained mainly through computerized literature searches on Web of Science (key words: metals, pollution, pesticides, lead, and mercury), BIOSIS [key words: concept code 37015 (public health; environmental health-ai), concept code 22506 (toxicology-environmental and industrial), and nonhuman vertebrates], Agricola (Key words: individual species name) and Toxline (key words: pollution, state name and species name).


b. Unpublished biomonitoring data (research manuscripts in press and unpublished reports of state government) were obtained from written requests for information.


c. Published and unpublished data on animals that presumably died of contaminant exposure that are documented in the Environmental Protection Agency Ecological Incident Information System. Only data in the "highly probable" or "probable" categories were included. Data from animals intentionally poisoned were excluded.


d. Necropsy information that included environmental contaminant data (pesticide or metal concentrations, cholinesterase inhibition), was obtained from the National Wildlife Health Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (Diagnostic and Epizootic Databases), the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (Wildlife Pathology Unit), Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Oil Spill Response History and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study of the University of Georgia.


e. Exposure and effects data for animals exposed to petrochemicals following the Exxon Valdez oil spill from Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Reports obtained from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council web pages.


f. DDE, DDD, DDT, and some PCB data gathered from typed testimony reports prepared for evidence in court case against Montrose Chemical Corporation for DDE contamination in the Southern California Bight ecosystem.

 

 

 

Description of Data Field

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The following section describes the data entry fields in CEE-TV. The underlined words reported the field headings as they appear on printouts.


Field 1 - Unique consecutive 5-6 digit, first describing the State (digit 1 or digits 1 and 2: State ID codes below) and then describing the record number (digits 2, 3, 4, and 5 or digits 3, 4, 5, and 6).

State-ID

State

1

Maine

2

New Hampshire

3

Massachusetts

4

Rhode Island

5

Connecticut

6

New York

7

New Jersey

8

Delaware

9

Maryland , D.C.

10

Virginia

11

North Carolina

12

South Carolina

13

Georgia

14

Florida

15

Pennsylvania

16

Alabama

17

Mississippi

18

Louisiana

19

Texas

20

Alaska

21

Washington

22

Oregon

23

California

24

Hawaii

25

Minnesota

26

Wisconsin

27

Illinois

28

Indiana

29

Michigan

30

Ohio

31

Ontario

Fields 2-6 - Taxonomic information


Common and scientific names from source documents may have been changed to reflect the most recent taxonomic information available. All taxonomy for avian species is based on the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist of North American Birds (7th Edition, 1998, and Supplements). Taxonomic information for other species is based on the federal government's Integrated Taxonomic Information System.


Field 2 - Common name for species.


Field 3 - Genus/species for each animal.


Field 4 - Taxonomic family of species


Field 5 - Taxonomic order of species


Field 6 - Taxonomic class of species (Aves, Reptilia, Amphibia, or Mammalia)


Fields 7 and 8 - Initiation Year (Year From) and Completion Year (Year To) during which the sample in the record was collected. The format for this field is "YYYY" (e.g., 1998). If this field is blank, the information could not be found in the report.


Field 9 - Season, Month or Day during which the sample was collected (Date). If this field is blank, the information could not be found in the report.


Field 10 - The "specific" name of the location (e.g., Island , Wildlife Refuge, City, Town, County) where the sample was collected. Occasionally, multiple sites have the identical specific name (e.g., Maine has 19 sites named Black Island ). An asterisk denotes that a specific location is not known, and the State or Province Capital, County Seat or other locations have been assigned as the collection site. If a vague state or province location is given, the coordinates for the state or province capital are used for geo-referencing (Atlantic Flyway*). If only a county within the state or province is given (e.g., Carroll County , MD ) and specific coordinates are not given, the county name would appear in this field (i.e., Carroll Co.*) and coordinates for the County Seat would appear in Fields 14 and 15. If a county within the state or province and specific coordinates are given in the source, the county name would appear in this field (i.e., Carroll County ) and the coordinates given would appear in Fields 14 and 15.


Field 11 - The State or Province (using a two letter abbreviation) from which the sample was collected.


Field 12 - The Estuary from which the sample was collected.


Field 13 - Hydrologic Unit Cataloguing (HUC) Code contains the USGS watershed code.


Fields 14 and 15 - The latitude and longitude of the collection site. When the coordinates are not reported in the source information, various tools are used to approximate the site coordinates.
Among them are Google Earth, USA Topographic Maps service from ArcGIS Online, and USGS Geographic Names Information System or the Canadian Geographical Names website.


Field 16 - Sample matrix (e.g., carcass, egg, feather, liver) that was analyzed.


Field 17 - Sample size.


Fields 18-31 - Organochlorine contaminant concentration. Where possible, organochlorine contaminant concentrations were reported in ug/g in order to facilitate database searches.


Field Number

Common Name

Chemical Abstract Service #

18

p,p'-DDE

72-55-9, 12002-54-9

19

p,p'-DDD

72-54-8

20

p,p'-DDT

50-29-3

21

Dieldrin

60-57-1

22

Heptachlor epoxide

1024-57-3

23

Oxychlordane

26880-48-8

24

cis-Chlordane

5103-71-9

25

trans-Nonachlor

39765-80-5

26

cis-Nonachlor

5103-73-1

27

Toxaphene

8001-35-2

28

Hexachlorobenzene

118-74-1

29

Endrin

72-20-8

30

Mirex

2385-85-5

31

Total PCBs

numerous


Field 32: Concentration units for organochlorine contaminants (OC Units; unit abbreviations below).

Abbreviation

Units of Concentration

ug/g

micrograms per gram; parts per million (ppm)

ug/g ww

micrograms per gram wet weight

ug/g lw

micrograms per gram lipid weight

ug/g fw

micrograms per gram fresh weight

ug/g dw

micrograms per gram dry weight

ug/carcass

total micrograms in a carcass


Fields 33-50 - PCB congener concentration

Field Number

Common Name

Chemical Abstract Service #

33

PCB congener 66

32598-10-0

34

PCB congener 77

32598-13-3

35

PCB congener 81

70362-50-4

36

PCB congener 105

32598-14-4

37

PCB congener 114

74472-37-0

38

PCB congener 118/106

31508-00-6/70424-69-0

39

PCB congener 123

65510-44-3

40

PCB congener 126

57465-28-8

41

PCB congener 128

38380-07-3

42

PCB congener 138

35065-28-2

43

PCB congener 156

38380-08-4

44

PCB congener 157

69782-90-7

45

PCB congener 158

74472-42-7

46

PCB congener 166

41411-63-6

47

PCB congener 167

52663-72-6

48

PCB congener 169

32774-16-6

49

PCB congener 170

35065-30-6

50

PCB congener 189

39635-31-9

 

Field 51: Concentration units for PCB congeners (PCBS Units; unit abbreviations below).

Abbreviation

Units of Concentration

ng/g

nanograms per gram; parts per billion (ppb)

ng/g ww

nanograms per gram wet weight

ng/g lw

nanograms per gram lipid weight

ng/g fw

nanograms per gram fresh weight

ng/carcass

total nanograms in a carcass

ng/ml

nanograms per milliliter


Fields 52-69 - Dioxin or dibenzofuran concentration.

Field Number

Common Name

Chemical Abstract Service #

52

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD)

1746-01-6

53

1,2,3,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,7,8-PnCDD)

40321-76-4

54

1,2,4,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,4,7,8-PnCDD)

58802-08-7

55

1,2,3,4,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDD)

39227-28-6

56

1,2,3,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDD)

39227-28-6

57

1,2,3,7,8,9-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDD)

19408-74-3

58

1,2,3,4,6,7,8-Heptachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDD)

35822-46-9

59

1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-Octachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (OCDD)

3268-87-9

60

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzofuran (2,3,7,8-TCDF)

51207-31-9

61

1,2,3,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,7,8-PnCDF)

57117-31-4

62

2,3,4,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzofuran (2,3,4,7,8-PnCDF)

57117-31-4

63

1,2,3,4,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,4,7,8-HxCDF)

55684-94-1

64

1,2,3,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,6,7,8-HxCDF)

57117-44-9

65

1,2,3,7,8,9-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,7,8,9-HxCDF)

72918-38-8

66

2,3,4,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzofuran (2,3,4,6,7,8-HxCDF)

60851-34-5

67

1,2,3,4,6,7,8-Heptachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,4,6,7,8-HpCDF)

67562-39-4

68

1,2,3,4,7,8,9-Heptachlorodibenzofuran (1,2,3,4,7,8,9-HpCDF)

55673-89-7

69

1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-Octachlorodibenzofuran (OCDF)

39001-02-0

 

Field 70 - Concentration units for dioxins and the furans (D F units, unit abbreviations below):

Abbreviation

Units of Concentration

pg/g

picograms per gram; parts per trillion (ppt)

pg/g ww

picograms per gram wet weight

pg/g fw

picograms per gram fresh weight

pg/g lw

picograms per gram lipid weight


Field 71 - Toxic equivalents (TEQ) derived mathematically from the product of concentration of an arylhydrocarbon receptor-active contaminant and toxic equivalency factors.


Field 72 - Concentration units for TEQs predicted mathematically. If unit has asterisk, TEQs were derived by bioassay.

Abbreviation

Units of Concentration

pg/g

picograms per gram; parts per trillion (ppt)

pg/g ww

picograms per gram wet weight

pg/g fw

picograms per gram fresh weight

pg/g lw

picograms per gram lipid weight


Field 73 - Organophosphorus - "Yes" indicates organophosphorus pesticide detected in tissues or gastrointestinal tract. "No" indicates that organophosphorus pesticides were looked for and not found. A blank field indicates organophosphorus pesticides were not investigated.


Field 74 - Carbamates - "Yes" indicates carbamate pesticide detected in tissues or gastrointestinal tract. "No" indicates that carbamate pesticides were looked for and not found. A blank field indicates carbamate pesticides were not investigated.


Field 75 - Avicides - "Yes" indicates avicides detected in tissues or gastrointestinal tract. "No" indicates that avicides were looked for and not found. A blank field indicates avicides were not investigated.


Field 76 - Rodenticides - "Yes" indicates rodenticides detected in tissues or gastrointestinal tract. "No" indicates that rodenticides were looked for and not found. A blank field indicates rodenticides were not investigated.


Fields 77-98 - Metal or metalloid concentration. Where possible, metal concentrations were reported in ug/g in order to facilitate database searches.

Field Number

Common Name

Chemical Abstract Service #

77

Aluminum

7429-90-5

78

Arsenic

7440-38-2

79

Barium

7440-39-3

80

Beryllium

7440-41-7

81

Boron

7440-42-8

82

Cadmium

7440-43-9

83

Chromium

7440-47-3

84

Copper

7440-50-8

85

Iron

7439-89-6

86

Lead

7439-92-1

87

Lead Shot

007439-92-1

88

Magnesium

7439-95-4

89

Manganese

7439-96-5

90

Mercury

7439-97-6

91

Molybdenum

7439-98-7

92

Nickel

7440-02-0

93

Selenium

7782-49-2

94

Strontium

7440-24-6

95

Thallium

7440-28-0

96

Tin

7440-31-5

97

Vanadium

7440-62-2

98

Zinc

7440-66-6


Field 99 - Metal or metalloid concentration units (Metal Units). Metal Units may be wet weight (ww) or dry weight (dw). The table below lists concentration abbreviations included in the database.

Abbreviation

Units of Concentration

ug/g

micrograms per gram; parts per million (ppm)

ug/g ww

micrograms per gram wet weight

ug/g dw

micrograms per gram dry weight

ug/g fw

micrograms per gram fresh weight

ug/dL

micrograms per deciliter

ng/ml ww

nanograms per milliliter wet weight


Fields 100-103 - Butyltin concentration. Where possible, butyltin concentrations were reported in ng/g in order to facilitate database searches.

Field Number

Common Name

Chemical Abstract Service #

100

Monobutyltin

1118-46-3

101

Dibutyltin

1002-53-5

102

Tributyltin

688-73-3

103

Total Butyltin

 


Field 104 - Butyltin concentration units (Butyltin Units). Butyltin Units are reported in ng/g ww.


Field 105 - Oil - "Yes" indicates petroleum hydrocarbons detected in tissues, gastrointestinal tract, or externally. "No" indicates that petroleum hydrocarbons were looked for and not found. A blank field indicates that petroleum hydrocarbons were not investigated.


Fields 106-110 - Petroleum hydrocarbon concentration. Where possible, petroleum hydrocarbon concentrations were reported in ng/g in order to facilitate database searches.

Field Number

Common Name

Chemical Abstract Service #

106

Phenanthrene

85-01-8

107

Naphthalene

91-20-3

108

Pristane

1921-70-6

109

Phytane

638-36-8

110

Total Alkanes

 

111

Total PAHS (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)

61-78-9


Field 113 - PAH concentration units (PAH Units). PAH Units may be wet weight (ww) or dry weight (dw). The table below lists concentration abbreviations included in the database.

Abbreviation

Units of Concentration

ng/g

nanograms per gram (ppb)

ng/g ww

nanograms per gram wet weight

ng/g dw

nanograms per gram dry weight


Field 114 - Biomarker (biochemical and physiological responses) and bioindicator (population response) data are descriptively presented.


Field 115 - Biomarker value is a measurement of response (e.g., %, value, descriptive change) in qualitative or quantitative terms.


Field 116 - Units of the Response for Biomarker value.


Field 117 - Reference field describes source of the record.


Field 118 - The "Other" field provides explanatory information unique to each record (e.g., sex or age of collected specimen, other contaminants measured, statistical information, biomarker information, etc.).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utilization and Special Codes

 

a. Quantitative information (viz., contaminant concentrations, year of collection) are "numeric" fields, and all other information (e.g., common name, location, matrix, sample size, references, etc.) including coordinates are "character" fields.


b. Some data integrity is lost in Access. Values ending with placeholder zeroes in decimal places are truncated. For example, a source reporting 0.10 ug/g wet weight DDE will appear in the database as 0.1 ug/g wet weight. In order to determine the actual number of significant figures in the data requires review of the referenced source information.


c. The code "-2" indicates that the matrix was analyzed for a specific contaminant, but it was not detected. Values in source documents reported with a "<" or as "0" were coded as "-2".


d. The code "-1" indicates that trace quantities of a particular contaminant were detected.

 

 

 

How to Cite This Document

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Please use the following citation when referring to this document:
Barnett A. Rattner, ...[et al.]. 2012. Contaminant Exposure and Effects--Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database. Version 10.0. [Updated May 2012*; cited **]. U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center , Laurel , Maryland . Available from: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/contaminants-online/.

* enter the date of the last update reported on the Contaminant Exposure and Effects--Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database website.

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Authors


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Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Pacific Coast , Alaska and Hawaii

Great Lakes Region

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Barnett A. Rattner
Nancy H. Golden
Karen M. Eisenreich
Jonathan B. Cohen
Lois M. Loges
Lynda Garrett
Elise A. Larsen
Eileen K. Henniger
Moira A. McKernan
Betty K. Ackerson
Meredith E. Barton
Mary E. Maxey
Sarah E. Warner
Jane E. Fallon


Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland

Mary Ann Ottinger
Pamela C. Toschik
Jennifer L. Pearson

USGS Western Ecological Research Center 

Dixon Field Station
Roger L. Hothem

Anne M. Meckstroth
Rebecca L. Kershnar
David L. Kelly

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Thomas W. Custer
Craig R. Beckman
Katie L. Lobner
Craig W. Meeusen

Acknowledgments: Wanda Manning graciously assisted with the preparation of this database.

 

URL: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/contaminants-online/
Contact: Barnett Rattner
Last modified: 05/02/2012
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