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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1012987

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category CTD or STD cast
Instrument Type
SeaTech transmissometer  transmissometers
Sea-Bird SBE 13 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor  dissolved gas sensors
Sea-Bird SBE 911plus CTD  CTD; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor
LI-COR LI-192 PAR sensor  radiometers
Turner Designs SCUFA II Submersible Fluorometer  fluorometers
Instrument Mounting lowered unmanned submersible
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator Mr Phil Knight
Originating Organization Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (now National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)
Processing Status banked
Online delivery of data Download available - Ocean Data View (ODV) format
Project(s) Coastal Observatory

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier C012
BODC Series Reference 1012987

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2006-11-01 22:19
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 0.5 decibars

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 53.69817 N ( 53° 41.9' N )
Longitude 3.50617 W ( 3° 30.4' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.05 to 0.1 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 1.73 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 34.93 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 0.67 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 33.87 m
Sea Floor Depth 35.6 m
Sea Floor Depth Source -
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Variable common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth, but this depth varies significantly during the series
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface
Sea Floor Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface


BODC CODERankUnitsTitle
ATTNMR011per metreAttenuation (red light wavelength) per unit length of the water body by 20 or 25cm path length transmissometer
DOXYPR011Micromoles per litreConcentration of oxygen {O2 CAS 7782-44-7} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by in-situ Beckmann probe
FVLTWS011VoltsRaw signal (voltage) of instrument output by linear-response chlorophyll fluorometer
IRRDUV011MicroEinsteins per square metre per secondDownwelling vector irradiance as photons of electromagnetic radiation (PAR wavelengths) in the water body by cosine-collector radiometer
OXYSBB011PercentSaturation of oxygen {O2 CAS 7782-44-7} in the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by in-situ Beckmann probe and computation from concentration using Benson and Krause algorithm
POTMCV011Degrees CelsiusPotential temperature of the water body by computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm
PRESPR011DecibarsPressure (spatial coordinate) exerted by the water body by profiling pressure sensor and correction to read zero at sea level
PSALCC011DimensionlessPractical salinity of the water body by CTD and computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm and calibration against independent measurements
SIGTPR011Kilograms per cubic metreSigma-theta of the water body by CTD and computation from salinity and potential temperature using UNESCO algorithm
TEMPCC011Degrees CelsiusTemperature of the water body by CTD and verification against independent measurements

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

Problem Report

Dissolved Oxygen

All data from this channel should be used with caution as the values measured were unrealistic during this and several other cruises. Readings taken by the probe indicated that the sensor was constantly saturated. It is advised that the data should only be used for relative comparisons.

Data Quality Notes


There was a lot of scatter present in the calibration data set, which may have compromised the quality of the calibration used to derivethe salinity channel.


For casts C001, C002, and C004-C007, the downcast profiles began too deep for any PAR signal to be detected. However there was a PAR signal logged in each corresponding upcast and this is available from BODC on request.

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Narrative Documents

Sea Bird Electronics SBE13 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor

The SBE 13 was designed as an auxiliary sensor for Sea Bird SBE 9plus, but can fitted in custom instrumentation applications. When used with the SBE 9 Underwater Unit, a flow-through plenum improves the data quality, as the pumping water over the sensor membrane reduces the errors caused by oxygen depletion during the periods of slow or intermittent flushing and also reduces exposure to biofouling.

The output voltage is proportional to membrane current (oxygen current) and to the sensor element's membrane temperature (oxygen temperature), which is used for internal temperature compensation.

Two versions of the SBE 13 are available: the SBE 13Y uses a YSI polarographic element with replaceable membranes to provide in situ measurements up to 2000 m depth and the SBE 13B uses a Beckman polarographic element to provide in situ measurements up to 10500 m depth, depending on the sensor casing. This sensor includes a replaceable sealed electrolyte membrane cartridge.

The SBE 13 instrument has been out of production since 2001 and has been superseded by the SBE 43.


Measurement range 0 to 15 mL L-1
Accuracy 0.1 mL L-1
Time response

2 s at 25°C

5 s at 0°C

Depth range

2000 m (SBE 13Y- housing in anodized aluminum)

6800 m (SBE 13B- housing in anodized aluminum)

105000 m (SBE 13B- housing in titanium)

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's specification sheet.

Prince Madog Cruise PD35_06 CTD Instrumentation

The CTD unit was a Sea-Bird Electronics 911plus system (SN P23655-0620), with dissolved oxygen sensor. In addition the CTD was fitted with a red (660 nm) beam transmissometer, a fluorometer and a LI-COR Underway Quantum Sensor. Also attached was a Sea-Bird SBE-35 Temperature Logger to supply an independent check of temperature. There were no reported changes of sensor during the cruise. The table below lists more detailed information about the various sensors.

Sensor Model Serial Number Calibration Date Comments
Pressure transducer Paroscientific Digiquartz 42K-105 76076 2004-01-21 -
Conductivity sensor SBE 4 2543 2004-01-14 -
Temperature sensor SBE 3 P4100 2004-01-21 -
Dissolved oxygen sensor SBE 13 Beckman 130580 2004-01-05 -
Transmissometer 660nm SeaTech T1000 T1021 1998-03-03 0.2 m path length
Fluorometer Turner SCUFA II 262 - -
LI-COR LI 192SB 33 - -
Temperature Logger SBE-35 0041 2005-05-09 -

Sampling Device

The rosette sampling system was equipped with 5 litre sampling bottles.

Sea-Bird Electronics SBE 911 and SBE 917 series CTD profilers

The SBE 911 and SBE 917 series of conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) units are used to collect hydrographic profiles, including temperature, conductivity and pressure as standard. Each profiler consists of an underwater unit and deck unit or SEARAM. Auxiliary sensors, such as fluorometers, dissolved oxygen sensors and transmissometers, and carousel water samplers are commonly added to the underwater unit.

Underwater unit

The CTD underwater unit (SBE 9 or SBE 9 plus) comprises a protective cage (usually with a carousel water sampler), including a main pressure housing containing power supplies, acquisition electronics, telemetry circuitry, and a suite of modular sensors. The original SBE 9 incorporated Sea-Bird's standard modular SBE 3 temperature sensor and SBE 4 conductivity sensor, and a Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor. The conductivity cell was connected to a pump-fed plastic tubing circuit that could include auxiliary sensors. Each SBE 9 unit was custom built to individual specification. The SBE 9 was replaced in 1997 by an off-the-shelf version, termed the SBE 9 plus, that incorporated the SBE 3 plus (or SBE 3P) temperature sensor, SBE 4C conductivity sensor and a Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor. Sensors could be connected to a pump-fed plastic tubing circuit or stand-alone.

Temperature, conductivity and pressure sensors

The conductivity, temperature, and pressure sensors supplied with Sea-Bird CTD systems have outputs in the form of variable frequencies, which are measured using high-speed parallel counters. The resulting count totals are converted to numeric representations of the original frequencies, which bear a direct relationship to temperature, conductivity or pressure. Sampling frequencies for these sensors are typically set at 24 Hz.

The temperature sensing element is a glass-coated thermistor bead, pressure-protected inside a stainless steel tube, while the conductivity sensing element is a cylindrical, flow-through, borosilicate glass cell with three internal platinum electrodes. Thermistor resistance or conductivity cell resistance, respectively, is the controlling element in an optimized Wien Bridge oscillator circuit, which produces a frequency output that can be converted to a temperature or conductivity reading. These sensors are available with depth ratings of 6800 m (aluminium housing) or 10500 m (titanium housing). The Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor comprises a quartz crystal resonator that responds to pressure-induced stress, and temperature is measured for thermal compensation of the calculated pressure.

Additional sensors

Optional sensors for dissolved oxygen, pH, light transmission, fluorescence and others do not require the very high levels of resolution needed in the primary CTD channels, nor do these sensors generally offer variable frequency outputs. Accordingly, signals from the auxiliary sensors are acquired using a conventional voltage-input multiplexed A/D converter (optional). Some Sea-Bird CTDs use a strain gauge pressure sensor (Senso-Metrics) in which case their pressure output data is in the same form as that from the auxiliary sensors as described above.

Deck unit or SEARAM

Each underwater unit is connected to a power supply and data logging system: the SBE 11 (or SBE 11 plus) deck unit allows real-time interfacing between the deck and the underwater unit via a conductive wire, while the submersible SBE 17 (or SBE 17 plus) SEARAM plugs directly into the underwater unit and data are downloaded on recovery of the CTD. The combination of SBE 9 and SBE 17 or SBE 11 are termed SBE 917 or SBE 911, respectively, while the combinations of SBE 9 plus and SBE 17 plus or SBE 11 plus are termed SBE 917 plus or SBE 911 plus.


Specifications for the SBE 9 plus underwater unit are listed below:

Parameter Range Initial accuracy Resolution at 24 Hz Response time
Temperature -5 to 35°C 0.001°C 0.0002°C 0.065 sec
Conductivity 0 to 7 S m-1 0.0003 S m-1 0.00004 S m-1 0.065 sec (pumped)
Pressure 0 to full scale (1400, 2000, 4200, 6800 or 10500 m) 0.015% of full scale 0.001% of full scale 0.015 sec

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's specification sheet.

Turner Designs Self-Contained Underwater Fluorescence Apparatus (SCUFA)

The Turner Designs SCUFA is a submersible fluorometer for chlorophyll and dye tracing operations that has been designed to operate in a wide range of concentrations, environmental conditions as well as operational modes (profiling or moored deployments). The instrument includes an integrated temperature probe and software which allow for automatic correction of fluorescence data from temperature effects. The superior ambient light rejection eliminates the effects of sunlight and allows the SCUFA to be used in surface waters without the need for external pumps or light shields.

Each instrument can be customised to meet user requirements. Users can choose one of the following channels: chlorophyll a, cyanobacteria (phycocyanin or phycoerythrin pigments), rhodamine WT, fluorescein and turbidity. Instrument options include turbidity, internal data logging and automatic temperature correction.

Three versions of the SCUFA are available: SCUFA I, II and III. SCUFA I and II are used for chlorophyll a applications, while SCUFA III is used for Rhodamine WT. Models II and III include a turbidity channel that is not present on model I. The SCUFA has been out of production since 2008.


Depth rating 600 m
Detector Photodiode
Temperature range -2 to 40°C
Maximum sampling rate

1Hz- digital

5 Hz- analog


12 bit- digital

1.2 mV- analog

Dynamic Range
Fluorescence 4 orders of magnitude
Turbidity 3 orders of magnitude

The table below presents the specifications for the different channels.

Specifications Chlorophyll Cyanobacteria Rhodamine WT/Fluorescein
Light source Blue

Orange- PC

Blue- PE

Excitation/Emission 460/685

595/670 (phycocyanin, PC)

528/573 (phycoerythrin, PE)

530/600 (rhodamine)

490/580 (fluorescein)

Minimum detection Limit
Fluorescence 0.02 µg L-1 150 cells mL-1 0.04 ppb
Turbidity 0.05 NTU 0.05 NTU 0.05 NTU

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's brochure.

LI-COR LI-192 Underwater Quantum Sensor

The LI-192 Underwater Quantum Sensor is used to measure photosynthetic photon flux density and is cosine corrected. The sensor is often referred to as LI-192SA or LI-192SB (the LI-192SB model was superseded by LI-192SA). One of the main differences is that the LI-192SA model includes a built-in voltage output for interfacing with NexSens iSIC and SDL data loggers.

Sensor specifications, current at January 2012, are given in the table below. More information can be found in the manufacturer's LI-192SA andLI-192SB specification sheets.

Sensor Specifications

(Specifications apply to both models unless otherwise stated)

Absolute Calibration ± 5 % in air traceable to NBS.
Sensitivity Typically 3 µA per 1000 µmol s-1 m-2 for LI-192SB and 4 µA per 1000 µmol s-1 m-2 for LI-192SA in water.
Linearity Maximum deviation of 1 % up to 10,000 µmol s-1 m-2.
Stability < ± 2 % change over a 1 year period.
Response Time 10 µs.
Temperature Dependence ± 0.15 % per °C maximum.
Cosine Correction Optimized for both underwater and atmospheric use.
Azimuth < ± 1 % error over 360 ° at 45 ° elevation.
Detector High stability silicon photovoltaic detector (blue enhanced).
Sensor Housing Corrosion resistant metal with acrylic diffuser for both saltwater and freshwater applications. Waterproof to withstand 800 psi (5500 kPa) (560 meters).

SeaTech Transmissometer


The transmissometer is designed to accurately measure the the amount of light transmitted by a modulated Light Emitting Diode (LED) through a fixed-length in-situ water column to a synchronous detector.


  • Water path length: 5 cm (for use in turbid waters) to 1 m (for use in clear ocean waters).
  • Beam diameter: 15 mm
  • Transmitted beam collimation: <3 milliradians
  • Receiver acceptance angle (in water): <18 milliradians
  • Light source wavelength: usually (but not exclusively) 660 nm (red light)


The instrument can be interfaced to Aanderaa RCM7 current meters. This is achieved by fitting the transmissometer in a slot cut into a customized RCM4-type vane.

A red LED (660 nm) is used for general applications looking at water column sediment load. However, green or blue LEDs can be fitted for specilised optics applications. The light source used is identified by the BODC parameter code.

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's Manual.

Prince Madog Cruise PD35_06 CTD Processing

Sampling Strategy

A total of 36 CTD casts were performed during the cruise throughout Liverpool Bay. Rosette bottles were fired near-bed on most profiles in order to obtain independent temperature and salinity samples, the results of which were sent to BODC. Water bottle samples were also taken from the near-surface and near-bed bottles and frozen for nutrient analysis (nitrates, phosphate, silicate) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Additionally, the near-surface samples were filtered to determine suspended sediment load by the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales Bangor. Some filtrate was also preserved by mecuric chloride for nutrient analysis by Cefas at stations 5-9, 11 and 21.

Data were logged at 24 Hz onto a PC running SEASAVE, Sea-Bird's data acquisition software. The raw Sea-Bird data, configuration and bottle files were supplied to BODC for further processing.

BODC processing and screening

Sea-Bird Processing

The raw CTD files were processed through the Sea-Bird SBE Data Processing software version 5.35. Binary (.DAT) files were converted to engineering units and ASCII format (.CNV) using the DATCNV program. Sea-Bird bottle files (.BTL), with information on pressure and other logged readings at the time of bottle firing, were also generated during the data conversion process.

Sea-Bird software program ALIGNCTD was run to advance conductivity by 0s and oxygen by 3s (within the typical range given in the Sea-Bird manual). No adjustment was made to the temperature channel as the fast sensor response time renders this unnecessary, according to the Sea-Bird literature.

To compensate for conductivity cell thermal mass effects, the data files were run through CELLTM, using alpha = 0.03, 1/beta = 7, typical values for this CTD model given in the Sea-Bird literature. After running WILD EDIT, FILTER was run on the pressure channel using the recommended time filter of 0.15 seconds. Next, a minimum CTD velocity of 0.0 m s-1 was used for LOOP EDIT in order to exclude scans where the CTD was travelling backwards due to ship's heave. Salinity, density and oxygen concentration were then calculated and added to the output files using the DERIVE program.


The data were converted from ASCII format into a subset of NetCDF. The following table shows the mapping of variables within the original files to appropriate BODC parameter codes:

Originator's Variable Units Description BODC Parameter Code Units Comments
Pressure dbar Pressure exerted by the water body PRESPR01 dbar -
Conductivity S m-1 Electrical conductivity of the water body by CTD CNDCST01 S m-1 Intermediate channel used to calculate PSALCU01
Oxygen, Beckman/YSI ml l-1 Dissolved oxygen concentration from Beckman probe DOXYPR01 µmol l-1 ml l-1 * 44.66
Salinity - Practical salinity of the water body PSALCU01 - Intermediate channel used for the calculation of PSALCC01.
Temperature [ITS-90] °C Temperature of the water column by CTD TEMPCU01 °C Intermediate channel used for the calculation of TEMPCC01.
Voltage 2 Volts Voltage from CTD PAR sensor LVLTLD01 Volts Intermediate channel used for the calculation of IRRDUV01.
Voltage 3 Volts Beam transmissometer voltage TVLTCR01 Volts Intermediate channel used for the calculation of ATTNMR01
Voltage 4 Volts Voltage from CTD SCUFA Turner fluorometer. FVLTWS01 Volts No further calibration available
- - Potential temperature of water body POTMCV01 °C Generated by BODC using UNESCO Report 38 (1981) algorithm with parameters PSALCC01 and TEMPCC01.
- - Sigma-theta SIGTPR01 kg m-3 Generated by BODC using the Fofonoff and Millard (1982) algorithm
- - PAR IRRDUV01 µE m-2s-1 Generated by BODC from calibration of LVLTLD01
- - Beam Attenuation ATTNMR01 m-1 Generated by BODC from calibration of TVLTCR01
- - Salinity PSALCC01 °C Generated by BODC from calibration of PSALCU01
- - Temperature TEMPCC01 °C Generated by BODC from calibration of TEMPCU01
- - Oxygen saturation OXYSBB01 % Generated by BODC during transfer using the Benson and Krause (1984) algorithm.


Benson, B.B. and Krause, D., 1984. The concentration and isotopic fractionation of oxygen dissolved in freshwater and seawater in equilibrium with the atmosphere. Limnology and Oceanography., 29(3), 620-632

Fofonoff, N.P. and Millard, R.C., 1983. Algorithms for computations of fundamental properties of seawater. UNESCO Technical Papers in Marine Science No. 44, 53pp.

UNESCO, 1981. Background papers and supporting data on the International Equation of State of Seawater 1980. UNESCO Technical Papers in Marine Science No. 38, 192pp


Reformatted CTD data were transferred onto a graphics work station for visualisation using the in-house editor EDSERPLO. Downcasts and upcasts were differentiated and the limits manually flagged. No data values were edited or deleted.


Once quality control screening was complete, the CTD downcasts were binned against pressure at 0.5 dbar increments. During binning, BODC exclude flagged data and generate interpolated values to fill in gaps in the increment sequence, where necessary. Finally, the CTD downcasts were banked. Intermediate channels were excluded from final banking, for example where an uncalibrated channel was processed to give a calibrated channel, the uncalibrated channel was dropped. However, where no calibrations were available, then the voltage or uncalibrated channel was banked.



Independent salinity samples, obtained from the CTD rosette, were used to calibrate the CTD. Three data points were deemed to be outliers (casts C002, C005 and C013) and were removed from the analysis. The salinity offset (bottle salinity - CTD salinity) was examined to see if it varied with pressure, attenuation or bottle salinity. There was a lot of scatter present in the calibration data set, however, a significant relationship at 95% confidence was found between offset and bottle salinity. This allowed a calibration equation to be derived as follows, based on 32 observations:

Calibrated salinity = CTD salinity * 1.0623 - 1.9758

The calibration residuals ranged from -0.0707 to 0.0618


36 independent temperature values were compared to pressure and CTD temperature. Three data points were identified as outliers (casts C002, C005 and C013) and were removed from the analysis. The offset between CTD temperature and SBE-35 temperature were found not to be significantly different from zero at 95% confidence. Therefore, there was no adjustment to the CTD temperature resulting from the application of manufacturer's coefficients during initial processing.


There were no casts where the CTD pressure was logging in air. No adjustments were made to the values resulting from application of manufacturer's coefficients during the initial processing.

Beam attenuation

Coefficients M and B were calculated, allowing calibration of the transmissometer with air readings taken during the cruise. M and B are calculated according to SBE Application Note No. 7:

M = (Tw/W0)*(A0-Y0)/(A1-Y1)
B= -M*Y1

Where Tw is the percent transmission for pure water for the instrument (92.98%); W0 is the voltage output in pure water (4.649 volts); A0 is the manufacturer's air voltage (4.661 volts); Y0 is the manufacturer's blocked path voltage (0.000 volts); A1 is the cruise maximum air voltage (4.526 volts); Y1 is the current blocked path voltage (0.0000 volts). For this cruise, M and B were calculated to be 20.5966 and 0, respectively.

M and B are then inserted into the following equations (from SBE Application Note No. 7) to obtain calibrated beam attenuation:

Light transmission [%] = (M * voltage output) + B
Beam attenuation coefficient c = - (1/z) * ln (light transmission [decimal])

Where M and B are the calibration coefficients, z is the transmissometer path length (0.2m), light transmission[decimal] is light transmission [%] divided by 100, c = beam attenuation (m-1)


The LI-COR LI-192SB sensor number 33 was calibrated from raw voltages using the Cefas supplied equation:

PAR = 0.157508*exp(volts*3.42410)

Project Information

Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal Observatory

The Coastal Observatory was established by Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory as a coastal zone real time observing and monitoring system. The main objective is to understand a coastal sea's response both to natural forcing and to the consequences of human activity. Near real-time measurements will be integrated with coupled models into a pre-operational coastal prediction system whose results will be displayed on the World Wide Web.

The Observatory is expected to grow and evolve as resources and technology allow, all the while building up long time series. A site selection pilot study was carried out in September 2001 and the Observatory became operational in August 2002.

The site is located in Liverpool Bay and is subject to typical coastal sea processes, with strong tides, occasional large storm surges and waves, freshwater input, stable and unstable stratification, high suspended sediment concentration and biogeochemical interaction. Measurements and monitoring will focus on the impacts of storms, variations in river discharge (especially the Mersey), seasonality and blooms in Liverpool Bay.

A variety of methods will be used to obtain measurements, including:

  1. Moored instruments for in situ time series of currents, temperature and salinity profiles, and surface waves and meteorology. It is hoped that turbidity and chlorophyll measurements will be made at another site as the Observatory progresses;
  2. The Cefas Smartbuoy for surface properties such as nutrients and chlorophyll, starting late 2002;
  3. R.V. Prince Madog to carry out spatial surveys and service moorings;
  4. Instrumented ferries for near surface temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll and nutrients. The first route will be Liverpool to Douglas, Isle of Man, starting late 2002;
  5. Drifters for surface currents and properties such as temperature and salinity, starting in 2004;
  6. Tide gauges, with sensors for meteorology, waves, temperature and salinity, where appropriate;
  7. Meteorological data from Bidston Observatory and Hilbre Island, HF radar and tide gauge sites;
  8. Shore-based HF radar measuring waves and surface currents out to a range of 50 km, starting in 2003;
  9. Satellite data, with infrared for sea surface temperature and visible for chlorophyll and suspended sediment.

The partners currently involved with the project are listed below:

  • Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
  • British Oceanographic Data Centre
  • UK Meteorological Office
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Environment Agency
  • Liverpool University and Port Erin Marine Laboratory
  • Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences
  • National Oceanography Centre Southampton
  • Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland

A summary of Coastal Observatory cruises to date on R.V. Prince Madog is given in the table below:

Year No. of cruises Work summary
2001 1 Site selection and pilot study. 95 CTD casts.
2002 4 POL moorings deployed and serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy deployed and serviced
103 CTD casts
2003 10 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
341 CTD/LISST casts
2004 9 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
347 CTD/LISST casts
2005 9 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
268 CTD/LISST casts
2006 11 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
508 CTD/LISST casts
2007 9 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
471 CTD/LISST casts
2008 9 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
260 CTD/LISST casts
2009 7 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
213 CTD/LISST casts
2010 8 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
268 CTD/LISST casts
2011 6 POL moorings serviced
Cefas Waverider and SmartBuoy serviced
307 CTD/LISST casts to date, ongoing

Data Activity or Cruise Information


Cruise Name PD35/06
Departure Date 2006-11-01
Arrival Date 2006-11-02
Principal Scientist(s)Phil J Knight (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory)
Ship RV Prince Madog

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here

Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameCoastal Observatory Site 15
CategoryOffshore area
Latitude53° 42.08' N
Longitude3° 29.99' W
Water depth below MSL35.5 m

Liverpool Bay Coastal Observatory Site 15

This station is one of 34 stations regularly visited by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL) as part of the Liverpool Bay Coastal Observatory. During each site visit, CTD profiles are taken. The station lies within a box of mean water depth 35.5 m with the following co-ordinates:

Box Corner Latitude Longitude
North-west corner 53.70456° -3.50886°
South-east corner 53.69796° -3.49102°

The position of this station relative to the other POL Coastal Observatory sites can be seen from the figure below.

BODC image

CTD Sampling History

Year Number of Visits Total Casts per year
2011 5 5
2010 6 6
2009 6 6
2008 3 3
2007 7 7
2006 7 7
2005 7 7
2004 8 8
2003 10 10
2002 2 2

The CTD instrument package for these cruises was a Sea-Bird 911plus, with beam transmissometer, fluorometer, LICOR PAR sensor, LISST-25, and oxygen sensor.

Related Fixed Station activities are detailed in Appendix 1

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
B nominal value
Q value below limit of quantification

Appendix 1: Coastal Observatory Site 15

Related series for this Fixed Station are presented in the table below. Further information can be found by following the appropriate links.

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Series IdentifierData CategoryStart date/timeStart positionCruise
979130CTD or STD cast2007-02-15 01:51:0053.70283 N, 3.50433 WRV Prince Madog PD02/07
937723CTD or STD cast2007-04-19 23:11:0053.7015 N, 3.50017 WRV Prince Madog PD06/07
942184CTD or STD cast2007-05-17 02:58:0053.70083 N, 3.50767 WRV Prince Madog PD09/07
942891CTD or STD cast2007-06-21 00:05:0053.70367 N, 3.50067 WRV Prince Madog PD13/07
943347CTD or STD cast2007-07-27 02:25:0053.701 N, 3.50333 WRV Prince Madog PD16/07
943753CTD or STD cast2007-08-30 02:16:0053.69883 N, 3.50633 WRV Prince Madog PD20/07
945711CTD or STD cast2007-10-04 02:23:0053.7 N, 3.50417 WRV Prince Madog PD23/07
948179CTD or STD cast2008-05-15 08:12:0053.70167 N, 3.50617 WRV Prince Madog PD14/08
948641CTD or STD cast2008-06-25 23:56:0053.6995 N, 3.49833 WRV Prince Madog PD19/08
949423CTD or STD cast2008-07-31 03:19:0053.70067 N, 3.50367 WRV Prince Madog PD23/08
950332CTD or STD cast2009-02-05 23:12:0053.7 N, 3.50633 WRV Prince Madog PD02/09B
951359CTD or STD cast2009-04-01 19:27:0053.7015 N, 3.50633 WRV Prince Madog PD12/09
953631CTD or STD cast2009-05-12 19:20:0053.70067 N, 3.50217 WRV Prince Madog PD18/09
1023254CTD or STD cast2009-06-18 06:59:0053.70133 N, 3.5055 WRV Prince Madog PD24/09
1023611CTD or STD cast2009-08-03 23:03:0053.70283 N, 3.5045 WRV Prince Madog PD33/09
1024233CTD or STD cast2009-09-15 20:36:0053.702 N, 3.50883 WRV Prince Madog PD38/09
1030435CTD or STD cast2010-01-26 19:32:0053.702 N, 3.50117 WRV Prince Madog PD02/10
1090506CTD or STD cast2010-06-10 00:49:0053.6995 N, 3.509 WRV Prince Madog PD17/10
1091048CTD or STD cast2010-07-08 12:19:0053.69933 N, 3.50533 WRV Prince Madog PD21/10
1112177CTD or STD cast2010-08-11 20:11:0053.69917 N, 3.50067 WRV Prince Madog PD29/10
1114043CTD or STD cast2010-09-28 19:20:0053.70167 N, 3.50617 WRV Prince Madog PD36/10
1148943CTD or STD cast2011-01-12 20:07:0053.70017 N, 3.50783 WRV Prince Madog PD01/11
1149805CTD or STD cast2011-03-16 23:18:0053.70133 N, 3.5025 WRV Prince Madog PD07/11
1117575CTD or STD cast2011-04-19 23:41:0053.7 N, 3.50267 WRV Prince Madog PD11/11
1118530CTD or STD cast2011-06-06 15:02:0053.70033 N, 3.50133 WRV Prince Madog PD43/11