Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1665128


Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category Water sample data
Instrument Type
NameCategories
Non-toxic sea water supply  continuous water samplers
Instrument Mounting research vessel
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator Dr Guy Westbrook
Originating Organization Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Processing Status banked
Project(s) Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT)
 

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier AMT1_GPUMP_PIGX_128:
BODC Series Reference 1665128
 

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1995-09-24 17:00
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1995-10-24 18:25
Nominal Cycle Interval -
 

Spatial Co-ordinates

Southernmost Latitude 51.63227 S ( 51° 37.9' S )
Northernmost Latitude 50.15686 N ( 50° 9.4' N )
Westernmost Longitude 57.60274 W ( 57° 36.2' W )
Easternmost Longitude 3.59969 W ( 3° 36.0' W )
Positional Uncertainty Unspecified
Minimum Sensor Depth 6.0 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 6.0 m
Minimum Sensor Height -
Maximum Sensor Height -
Sea Floor Depth -
Sensor Distribution Unspecified -
Sensor Depth Datum Unspecified -
Sea Floor Depth Datum Unspecified -
 

Parameters

BODC CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
AADYAA01 1 Days Date(Loch_Day) Date (time from 00:00 01/01/1760 to 00:00 UT on day)
AAFDZZ01 1 Days Time(Day_Fract) Time (time between 00:00 UT and timestamp)
ALATGP01 1 Degrees Lat_GPS Latitude north (WGS84) by unspecified GPS system
ALONGP01 1 Degrees Lon_GPS Longitude east (WGS84) by unspecified GPS system
CPHLFLP1 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water>GF/F_fluor Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >GF/F phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry
PHAEFLP1 1 Milligrams per cubic metre Fluor_Phae_>GFF Concentration of phaeopigments {pheopigments} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >GF/F phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry
 

Definition of Rank

  • Rank 1 is a one-dimensional parameter
  • Rank 2 is a two-dimensional parameter
  • Rank 0 is a one-dimensional parameter describing the second dimension of a two-dimensional parameter (e.g. bin depths for moored ADCP data)

Problem Reports

No Problem Report Found in the Database


Data Access Policy

Open Data supplied by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

You must always use the following attribution statement to acknowledge the source of the information: "Contains data supplied by Natural Environment Research Council."


Narrative Documents

Non-toxic (underway) sea water supply

A source of uncontaminated near-surface (commonly 3 to 7 m) seawater pumped continuously to shipboard laboratories on research vessels. There is typically a temperature sensor near the intake (known as the hull temperature) to provide measurements that are as close as possible to the ambient water temperature. The flow from the supply is typically directed through continuously logged sensors such as a thermosalinograph and a fluorometer. Water samples are often collected from the non-toxic supply. The system is also referred to as the underway supply.

AMT1 Chlorophyll-a and Phaeopigments from underway surface samples

Originator's Protocol for Data Acquisition and Analysis

This data originates from analyses on underway samples collected from the ship's non-toxic supply. The seawater samples were collected approximately every 2 hours while the ship was underway. Pigment samples were filtered through Whatman GF/F filters prior to extraction in 10 ml of 90% acetone for a minimum of 15 hours and analysed using fluorometric techniques on board the ship.

Chlorophyll-a data were obtained with a flow-through Turner-10 fluorometer, which used a standard Turner Designs chlorophyll fluorescence filter set. At the start of the cruise the flow-through cell was cleaned and the dessicant changed, and the instrument's zero was set with a clean water blank. The cell was also regularly checked for fouling throughout the cruise.

Instrumentation Description

Turner-10 fluorometer

BODC Data Processing Procedures

Data were submitted to BODC in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format and saved to the archive with reference PML010015. The samples were provided with Julian Day and time (GMT) as metadata. Sample metadata were loaded to the database. Parameter codes defined in BODC parameter dictionary were assigned to the variables. Units for Chlorophyll-a concentration were converted from nanograms per litre to milligrams per cubic metre by a multiplying the original values with 0.001. Phaeopigment data were delivered in units equivalent to the ones used in the BODC parameter dictionary, no conversion was necessary.

Data were loaded into BODC's database using established BODC data banking procedures.

A parameter mapping table is provided below;

Originator's Parameter Units Description BODC Parameter Code Units Comments
CHL-a CONC ng ml -1 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >GF/F phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry CPHLFLP1 mg m -3 conversion by x 0.001
PHAEO CONC ng ml -1 Concentration of phaeopigments per unit volume of the water body [particulate >GF/F phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry PHAEFLP1 ng l -1 -

Data Quality Report

When loading the data into BODC's database, there was a need to flag 5 samples, as they showed improbable values.

Problem Report

Not relevant to this data set.


Project Information

The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) - Phase 1 (1995-2000)

Who was involved in the project?

The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) programme was designed by and implemented as a collaboration between Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) and Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC). The programme was hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and involved additional researchers from UK and international universities throughout its duration.

What was the project about?

When AMT began in 1995 the programme provided a platform for international scientific collaboration, including the calibration and validation of SeaWiFs measurements and products. The programme provided an exceptional opportunity for nationally and internationally driven collaborative research and provided a platform for excellent multi-disciplinary oceanographic research. As an in situ observation system, the data collected by the AMT consortium informed on changes in biodiversity and function of the Atlantic ecosystem during this period of rapid change to our climate and biosphere.

The scientific aims were to assess:

When was the project active?

The first phase of the AMT programme ran from 1995 to 2000 and consisted of a total of 12 cruises. A second phase of funding allowed the project to continue for the period 2002 to 2006 with a further 6 cruises.

Brief summary of the project fieldwork/data

The AMT programme undertook biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during the annual return passage of the RRS James Clark Ross between the UK and the Falkland Islands or the RRS Discovery between the UK and Cape Town, a distance of up to 13,500 km. This transect crossed a range of ecosystems from sub-polar to tropical and from euphotic shelf seas and upwelling systems to oligotrophic mid-ocean gyres. The transect route was covered north-south in September/October and south-north in April/May of each year.

The measurements of hydrographic and bio-optical properties, plankton community structure and primary production completed on the first 12 transects (1995-2000) represent the most coherent set of repeated biogeochemical observations over ocean basin scales. This unique dataset has led to several important discoveries concerning the identification of oceanic provinces, validation of ocean colour algorithms, distributions of picoplankton, identifying new regional sinks of pCO2 and variability in rates of primary production and respiration.

Who funded the project?

The programme was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and further support was received from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with equipment and funding from the Sea-viewing Wild Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) project.


Data Activity or Cruise Information

Cruise

Cruise Name JR19950921 (AMT1, JRXX1)
Departure Date 1995-09-21
Arrival Date 1995-10-24
Principal Scientist(s)David Robins (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
Ship RRS James Clark Ross

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here


Fixed Station Information


No Fixed Station Information held for the Series


BODC Quality Control Flags

The following single character qualifying flags may be associated with one or more individual parameters with a data cycle:

Flag Description
Blank Unqualified
< Below detection limit
> In excess of quoted value
A Taxonomic flag for affinis (aff.)
B Beginning of CTD Down/Up Cast
C Taxonomic flag for confer (cf.)
D Thermometric depth
E End of CTD Down/Up Cast
G Non-taxonomic biological characteristic uncertainty
H Extrapolated value
I Taxonomic flag for single species (sp.)
K Improbable value - unknown quality control source
L Improbable value - originator's quality control
M Improbable value - BODC quality control
N Null value
O Improbable value - user quality control
P Trace/calm
Q Indeterminate
R Replacement value
S Estimated value
T Interpolated value
U Uncalibrated
W Control value
X Excessive difference

SeaDataNet Quality Control Flags

The following single character qualifying flags may be associated with one or more individual parameters with a data cycle:

Flag Description
0 no quality control
1 good value
2 probably good value
3 probably bad value
4 bad value
5 changed value
6 value below detection
7 value in excess
8 interpolated value
9 missing value
A value phenomenon uncertain