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BODC Cruise Metadata Report for FRV Scotia (748S) cruise 0108S


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Cruise Inventory Information

Long name FRV Scotia (748S) cruise 0108S
Short name 0108S
Objectives and Narrative Objectives

1. To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP).

2. To collect water samples for nutrient studies as part of the Scottish Coastal Eutrophication Assessment Survey.

3. Undertake CTDF profiles, phytoplankton and water samples for chlorophyll a and nutrients in support of coastal phytoplankton monitoring programme, AE11t.

4. Sediments will be collected for phytoplankton cyst studies.

5. Collection of sea water for RGU.


Scotia sailed from Aberdeen at 1600 on 7 January. Passage was made north to the Moray Firth where sediments were sampled from 15 stratified random and the 2 fixed CSEMP sites. Fishing was undertaken at 2 locations. Plaice were sampled from the offshore site and dab from the intermediate site. The WFD sites were sampled on route. Water for the Scottish Coastal Eurtophication Assessment Survey (SCEAS) was sampled at 15 minute intervals.

With deteriorating weather, Scotia sheltered in Sinclair Bay from 0600 to 1200 on 9 January. Passage was then resumed north and into the Pentland Firth. Sampling at the Dounreay WFD site was not possible due to weather. Very slow passage was made until, with some abatement in the weather, Scotia returned to sample the Dounreay site and then continued west, sampling the Loch Eribol WFD site, before heading into the North Minch where the random stratified sediment sampling commenced at 0730 on 10 January. Ten random stratified sediment sampling sites were successfully completed in the north and south Minch, together with CSEMP 85, the WFD sites in the North Minch and the Inner Sound and a trawl off Gairloch before moving to the Sea of Hebrides where random stratified sediment sampling and the WFD site were successfully completed on 11 January. Scotia made passage north where a trawl was taken off Broad Bay.
Ship FRV Scotia
Departure Port Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Departure Date 2008-01-07
Arrival Port Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Arrival Date 2008-01-22
Principal Scientist(s) Alistair D McIntosh (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Responsible Organisation Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
Associated Project(s) AE11p; AE11t
IHB Sea Areas Visited North Sea, Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland, North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Marsden Squares Visited 181/216/217
Work Area Description North Sea, North and South Minches and Sea of Hebrides
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Work Area Bounding Polygon
Southern Limit unknown
Northern Limit unknown
Western Limit unknown
Eastern Limit unknown

Cruise Inventory Datasets

Chemical oceanography  
Ammonia Quantity: number of samples = 14
Description: Water samples (nutrients TOxN, phosphate, silicate, nitrite and ammonia analyses)  
Nitrite Quantity: number of samples = 14
Description: Water samples (nutrients TOxN, phosphate, silicate, nitrite and ammonia analyses)  
Oxygen Quantity: number of samples = 14
Description: Water samples (nutrients TOxN, phosphate, silicate, nitrite and ammonia analyses)  
Phosphate Quantity: number of samples = 14
Description: Water samples (nutrients TOxN, phosphate, silicate, nitrite and ammonia analyses)  
Silicate Quantity: number of samples = 14
Description: Water samples (nutrients TOxN, phosphate, silicate, nitrite and ammonia analyses)  
Biology and fisheries  
Pelagic fish Quantity: number of hauls = 26
Description: Dab and plaice - Fish Chemistry (PAH, CB, PBDE, trace metals) and biological effects (EROD and PAH bile metabolites)  
Phytobenthos Quantity: number of samples = 67
Description: Macrobenthos  
Sediment traps Quantity: number of samples = 71
Description: Sediment - physico-chemical parameters (PAH, CB, PBDE, trace metals, PSA, CHN)  
Sediment traps Quantity: number of samples = 14
Description: Sediment - physico-chemical parameters (PSA, CHN)  
Zoobenthos Quantity: number of samples = 67
Description: Macrobenthos  

Cruise Inventory Mooring/Buoy Operations

Latitude Longitude Data type Description
56° 49' N 6° 59' W Water bottle stations 60 l sea water collected from Sea of Hebrides

Summary of BODC Data Holdings for the Cruise

National Oceanographic Database


# Series Instrument Description Parameters
31 CTD/STD cast Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies
Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column
Electrical conductivity of the water column
Reference numbers
Salinity of the water column
Temperature of the water column
Transmittance and attenuance of the water column
Vertical spatial coordinates

Note: Parameter terms are taken from the BODC Parameter Discovery Vocabulary XML (SKOS)

Full List

BODC Reference Instrument Description Date/Time Location  
925906 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-07 19:02Z 57° 18' N, 1° 55' W Click for more
925918 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-07 20:52Z 57° 27' N, 1° 45' W Click for more
925931 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-08 00:22Z 57° 57' N, 1° 58' W Click for more
925943 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-08 10:54Z 57° 54' N, 3° 9' W Click for more
925955 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-08 13:58Z 57° 42' N, 3° 30' W Click for more
925967 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-08 19:24Z 57° 40' N, 3° 55' W Click for more
925979 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-08 22:25Z 57° 51' N, 3° 27' W Click for more
925980 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-09 04:34Z 58° 26' N, 3° 1' W Click for more
925992 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-09 22:35Z 58° 35' N, 3° 52' W Click for more
926006 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-10 02:21Z 58° 32' N, 4° 37' W Click for more
926018 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-10 12:53Z 58° 6' N, 5° 36' W Click for more
926031 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-10 14:20Z 58° 6' N, 5° 55' W Click for more
926043 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-10 15:46Z 58° 6' N, 6° 15' W Click for more
926055 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-11 01:28Z 57° 36' N, 5° 48' W Click for more
926067 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-11 03:09Z 57° 24' N, 5° 55' W Click for more
926079 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-11 12:22Z 56° 49' N, 7° 0' W Click for more
926080 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-11 17:54Z 56° 39' N, 6° 58' W Click for more
926092 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-13 04:16Z 59° 59' N, 1° 28' W Click for more
926111 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-14 09:07Z 60° 2' N, 0° 40' W Click for more
926123 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-16 13:31Z 60° 11' N, 1° 7' W Click for more
926135 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-17 13:18Z 56° 42' N, 2° 24' W Click for more
926147 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-17 15:08Z 56° 39' N, 2° 11' W Click for more
926159 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-17 18:37Z 56° 27' N, 2° 36' W Click for more
926160 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-17 19:34Z 56° 22' N, 2° 43' W Click for more
926172 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-17 21:10Z 56° 10' N, 2° 35' W Click for more
926184 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-18 00:27Z 55° 46' N, 1° 57' W Click for more
926196 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-18 07:39Z 56° 30' N, 1° 30' W Click for more
926203 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-20 01:43Z 58° 39' N, 0° 9' W Click for more
926215 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-20 09:01Z 58° 27' N, 0° 42' E Click for more
926227 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-20 14:13Z 58° 13' N, 0° 10' W Click for more
926239 CTD/STD cast 2008-01-20 18:45Z 58° 9' N, 0° 35' E Click for more

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