Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1047508

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category Water sample data
Instrument Type
Teflon-coated Niskin bottle  discrete water samplers
Pall AcroPak 200 filter cartridge  sieves and filters
Varian 820-MS inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer  inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometers
Instrument Mounting lowered unmanned submersible
Originating Country Australia
Originator Dr Mike Ellwood
Originating Organization Australian National University Department of Geological Sciences (now Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences)
Processing Status banked
Project(s) GEOTRACES

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier TAN0609_UCCTD_u4832b_Ellwood_TM
BODC Series Reference 1047508

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2006-07-23 21:11
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval -

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 48.21100 S ( 48° 12.7' S )
Longitude 158.20100 E ( 158° 12.1' E )
Positional Uncertainty Unspecified
Minimum Sensor Depth 29.7 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 495.2 m
Minimum Sensor Height 4298.8 m
Maximum Sensor Height 4764.3 m
Sea Floor Depth 4794.0 m
Sensor Distribution Variable common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth, but this depth varies significantly during the series
Sensor 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 CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
ADEPZZ01 1 Metres DepBelowSurf Depth below surface of the water body
BOTTFLAG 1 Dimensionless C22_flag Sampling process quality flag (BODC C22)
CDCDICP1 1 Picomoles per litre Conc_DissCd_ICPMS Concentration of cadmium {Cd CAS 7440-43-9} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
CDCOICP1 1 Picomoles per litre Conc_Co_water_<0.2um_ICPMSchel Concentration of cobalt {Co CAS 7440-48-4} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
CDCUICP1 1 Nanomoles per litre Conc_DissCu_ICPMS Concentration of copper {Cu CAS 7440-50-8} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
CDFEICP1 1 Nanomoles per litre Conc_DissFe_ICPMS Concentration of total iron {total_Fe CAS 7439-89-6} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
CDNIICP1 1 Nanomoles per litre Conc_DissNi_ICPMS Concentration of nickel {Ni CAS 7440-02-0} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
CDPBICP1 1 Picomoles per litre Conc_DissPb_ICPMS Concentration of lead {Pb CAS 7439-92-1} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
CDZNICP1 1 Nanomoles per litre Conc_DissZn_ICPMS Concentration of zinc {Zn CAS 7440-66-6} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate <0.2um phase] by filtration, acidification, chelation, solvent extraction and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
ROSPOSID 1 Dimensionless RosPos Bottle rosette position identifier
SAMPRFNM 1 Dimensionless SampRef Sample reference number

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

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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

Pall AcroPak 200, 500, 1000 and 1500 filter capsules with Supor membrane

AcroPak filter capsules are designed for sterile filtration. The capsule includes a Supor membrane (hydrophilic polyethersulfone, PES) which allows high flow rates and throughputs, and is ideal for solutions where low protein binding is required, although it is not recommended for use with some ketones. The capsule housing, vent plug, and support material are polypropylene, while the filling bell is polycarbonate. The unit is manufactured without the use of adhesives (sealing is achieved by thermal bonding) to minimize extractables, and each capsule is sterilised by gamma irradiation to eliminate potential contamination by EtO residuals before being packaged individually. A built-in prefilter extends filter life when particulate-laden solutions, such as serum-containing media, are processed.

AcroPak capsules are available in four versions, with different pore sizes, filtration areas and flow rates, as described below. The AcroPak 200 is suitable for low- to medium-volume filtration (up to 20 L), while the 500, 1000 and 1500 versions are suitable for high-volume filtration (up to 150 L).


Feature AcroPak 200 AcroPak 500 AcroPak 1000 AcroPak 1500
Pore size 0.8/0.2 μm 0.1/0.1, 0.2/0.2, 0.8/0.2 and 0.8/0.45 μm 0.1/0.1, 0.2/0.2, 0.8/0.2 and 0.8/0.45 μm 0.2/0.2 and 0.8/0.2 μm
Effective filtration area 200 cm 2 500 cm 2 1000 cm 2 1500 cm 2
Typical water flow rate (L min -1 at 0.1 bar) 0.3

0.1/0.1 μm: 0.2

0.2/0.2 μm: 0.6

0.8/0.2 μm: 1.1

0.8/0.45 μm: 1.3

0.1/0.1 μm: 0.4

0.2/0.2 μm: 1.1

0.8/0.2 μm: 1.6

0.8/0.45 μm: 2.5

0.2/0.2 μm: 1.6

0.8/0.2 μm: 2.2

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

Varian 810-MS and 820-MS inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP-MS)

The Varian 810-MS and 820-MS systems are compact, floor-mounted inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP-MS) featuring 90 ° reflecting ion optics systems for gigahertz sensitivity and low background and interferences. Each system comprises a sample introduction system, solid state 27 MHz RF generator, Turner Interlaced Coils and Discrete Dynode Electron Multiplier (DDEM) detector. The Varian 820-MS system also features a Collision Reaction Interface (CRI) providing fast, flexible, interference-free analysis using simple collision and reaction gases.

The 810-MS and 820-MS systems were manufactured by Varian, Inc., which was bought by Agilent Technologies in 2010.

Sample introduction

The External Sample Introduction Assembly (ESIA) comprises a spraychamber, nebuliser and peristaltic pump mounted outside the torch box to eliminate temperature-induced drift. The spraychamber is Peltier-cooled, with variable temperature control (from 15 °C to room temperature) for enhanced stability and reduced oxide ion interferences. The temperature is controlled by a PC and the spraychamber is insulated with inert polypropylene foam.

The glass concentric nebuliser allows flow rates of 100 μL min -1 , while an inert PFA nebuliser and a range of low-flow, inert microconcentric nebulisers are optional. The peristaltic pump is also PC-controlled, with a variable speed from 0 to 50 rpm and three independently pressure adjustable channels for sample, drain, and internal standards or diluent.

RF generator

The 27.12 MHz solid-state, air-cooled, crystal locked RF generator is included in the main instrument housing. It has a range of 600-1600 W in 10 W increments. The user can customise the ignition sequence for different accessories and plasma types.

Plasma and plasma interface

Plasma parameters can be optimised according to user requirements (sensitivity, interferences, etc.). A PC controls the horizontal, vertical and sampling depth (Z position) of plasma for maximum sensitivity and minimum polyatomic interferences. For the cool plasma, the Turner Interlaced Coils minimise polyatomic interferences without the use of a mechanical torch shield.

The plasma interface is water-cooled for stability, including individual and independent cooling of the cones for faster warm-up, improved stability, and faster cool down. The 810-MS plasma interface comprises one set of C-series high performance Ni cones provided as standard, while platinum tipped C-series high performance cones are optional. One set of CRI cones is provided as standard in the 820-MS. Orifice diameters are 1.1 mm for the sampler and 0.5 mm for the skimmer.

Collision Reaction Interface

This is standard on the 820-MS and is available as an upgrade for the 810-MS. The CRI reduces interferences by injecting simple collision and reaction gases (hydrogen or helium) into the plasma as it passes through the orifice of the cones. Gas may be injected through the sampler cone, skimmer cone, or both and all CRI gas flows controlled by mass flow controllers. The CRI allows rapid switchover between gas on and gas off, or between different collision and reaction gases.

Ion optics

An ion mirror reflects the analyte ion beam through 90 ° while photons and neutrals pass to the vacuum system. The ion mirror creates parabolic electrostatic field to focus the analyte ions with optimum efficiency at the quadrupole entrance aperture, leading to gigahertz sensitivity (1000 Mc s -1 mg -1 L -1 ). All ion optics settings, including the ion mirror, are auto-optimised based on selected criteria such as signal and interferences. The quadrupole mass analyser is off-axis using curved stainless steel entrance rods to ensure low background by further eliminating excited neutrals before the quadrupole.

Vacuum system

All vacuum components located in the main housing of the instrument. There is a pneumatic vacuum isolation gate between the first and second vacuum stages, such that the gate automatically closes in the event of a power failure. The system includes two rotary (SD602 and SD302) and two V-301 turbomolecular pumps, with the first turbopump being positioned immediately behind the ion mirror and skimmer cone for maximum pumping efficiency and removal of unwanted neutrals and particles.


This comprises precision-machined, stainless steel, round rods manufactured to micrometre tolerances and locked into ceramic mounts for a near-perfect hyperbolic field. Stainless steel construction permits determination of mercury without high memory. Curved entrance rods provide a double off-axis design and low background signals. All voltages are fully interlocked and under PC control. The system features a solid-state air-cooled power supply, a built-in, on board multi-channel scaler providing up to 40 channels per mass, range of 3 to 256 amu with "zero blast" protection and a resolution adjustable from 0.5 to 1.2 amu. The mass calibration stability is 0.05 amu per day, Quadrupole RF frequency is 3.0 MHz, scan speed is 2000 amu s -1 , Quadrupole settling time is less than 400 μs, and minimum dwell time is 200 μs.


Both the 810-MS and the 821-MS include an all-digital ETP AF250 Discrete Dynode Electron Multiplier (DDEM) as standard. This provides nine decades of linear dynamic range in an all-pulse-counting detector, avoiding the need for analog-to-digital cross calibrations. Measuring dynodes are mounted off-axis for reduced background. The DDEM is fully controlled from a PC.


These details pertain to both the 810-MS and the 820-MS.

Parameter Hot plasma high sensitivity mode Hot plasma normal sensitivity mode
Sensitivity (Mc s -1 mg -1 L -1 )

9 Be >50

115 In >1000

232 Th >300

9 Be >5

115 In >50

232 Th >50

Precision (10 replicates, 20 minutes) < 3% < 3%
Long term stability (10 μg L -1 multi-element standard aspirated for 4 hours)   < 4%
Oxides (CeO + /Ce + ) < 3% < 1% (< 2% for CRI)
Doubly charged ions (Ba ++ /Ba + ) < 3% < 3%
Background at 5 amu < 10 < 5 c s -1

Abundance sensitivity: 10 -6 low, 10 -7 high on 23 Na

Isotope ratio precision: < 0.1%

CRI interference reduction: 1μg L -1 As readback in 1% HCl 1μg L -1 ± 0.1 μg L -1

Niskin Bottle

The Niskin bottle is a device used by oceanographers to collect subsurface seawater samples. It is a plastic bottle with caps and rubber seals at each end and is deployed with the caps held open, allowing free-flushing of the bottle as it moves through the water column.

Standard Niskin

The standard version of the bottle includes a plastic-coated metal spring or elastic cord running through the interior of the bottle that joins the two caps, and the caps are held open against the spring by plastic lanyards. When the bottle reaches the desired depth the lanyards are released by a pressure-actuated switch, command signal or messenger weight and the caps are forced shut and sealed, trapping the seawater sample.

Lever Action Niskin

The Lever Action Niskin Bottle differs from the standard version, in that the caps are held open during deployment by externally mounted stainless steel springs rather than an internal spring or cord. Lever Action Niskins are recommended for applications where a completely clear sample chamber is critical or for use in deep cold water.

Clean Sampling

A modified version of the standard Niskin bottle has been developed for clean sampling. This is teflon-coated and uses a latex cord to close the caps rather than a metal spring. The clean version of the Levered Action Niskin bottle is also teflon-coated and uses epoxy covered springs in place of the stainless steel springs. These bottles are specifically designed to minimise metal contamination when sampling trace metals.


Bottles may be deployed singly clamped to a wire or in groups of up to 48 on a rosette. Standard bottles have a capacity between 1.7 and 30 L, while Lever Action bottles have a capacity between 1.7 and 12 L. Reversing thermometers may be attached to a spring-loaded disk that rotates through 180° on bottle closure.

Trace Metal sampling on the Boundary voyage (Tan0609)

Originator's Protocol for Data Acquisition and Analysis

Samples were collected using acid-cleaned 5 litre, Teflon coated Niskin-X bottles attached to an autonomous rosette (Model 1018, General Oceanics Inc). The rosette was always stored under a plastic cover in a large plastic box. Prior to deployment the rosette was removed from the box, placed on a plastic pallet and the Nisken-X bottles fastened to the rosette. The bags covering Nisken bottle spigots were removed, the bottles cocked and then the large plastic rosette cover was removed. Upon retrieval, the rosette package was covered, the Nisken-X bottles removed from the rosette frame and racked in a trace-metal clean container with HEPA filtered air.

Sample filtration and storage

Seawater was filtered through acid-cleaned 0.2 µm capsule filters (Supor AcroPak 200, Pall) and acidified with quartz-distilled nitric acid. Samples bottles were stored at pH <1.8 for 10 months before dissolved trace metals analysis.

Trace metal determination

Dissolved trace metals were determined after dithiocarbamate solvent extraction (Bruland, et al., 1979; Danielsson, et al., 1978) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) (820-MS, Varian).

Briefly, 100 g of seawater samples were buffered to a pH of 4.5 with purified ammonium acetate buffer. Purified ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (APDC) and sodium diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC) were added to the samples. Samples were then extracted twice with purified chloroform by shaking for two 3 minute periods. Combined chloroform extracts were acidified with HNO 3 and then diluted with deionised water.

Trace metal concentrations were determined by ICP-MS with hydrogen (60 ml/min -1 ) as the collision reaction interface gas (820-MS Varian, Australia) to reduce the interference of 40 Ar 16 O on 56 Fe. Isotopes used for reporting trace metals values were 56 Fe, 59 Co, 60 Ni, 63 Cu, 111 Cd and 207 Pb.
As a quality check, blanks and three SAFe reference samples (Johnson et al., 2007) were also analysed.

For full details please see Ellwood 2008.

References Cited

Bruland, K. W., R. P. Franks, G. A. Knauer, and J. H. Martin, 1979. Sampling and analytical methods for the determination of copper, cadmium, zinc and nickel at the nanogram per liter level in sea water. Anal. Chim. Acta, 105, 233-245.
Danielsson, L.-G., B. Magnusson, and S. Westerlund, 1978. An improved metal extraction procedure for the determination of trace metals in sea water by atomic absorption spectrometry with electrothermal atomization, Anal. Chim. Acta, 98, 47-57.
Ellwood, M. J., 2008. Wintertime trace metal (Zn, Cu, Ni, Cd, Pb and Co) and nutrient distributions in the Subantarctic Zone between 40-52°S; 155-160°E, Marine Chem., 112, 107-117.
Johnson, K. S., V. Elrod, S. Fitzwater, J. Plant, E. Boyle, B. Bergquist, K. Bruland, A. Aguilar-Islas, K. Buck, M. Lohan, et al., 2007. Developing Standards for Dissolved Iron in Seawater, EOS, 88, 131-132.

BODC Data Processing Procedures

Data were submitted to BODC in an Excel spreadsheet and archived under BODC's accession system. Sample metadata (CTD event, station number, date, sampling position and depth) were checked against information held in the cruise report and event logs. Where more than one event took place at a station, BODC added a suffix to the station number. Data were loaded into BODC's database using established BODC data banking procedures, time was converted from NZST (UTC/GMT +12 hours) to UTC.

A parameter mapping table is provided below;

Originator's Parameter Unit Description BODC Parameter Code BODC Unit
DFe nmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved iron CDFEICP1 nmol l -1
Zn nmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved zinc CDZNICP1 nmol l -1
Cu nmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved copper CDCUICP1 nmol l -1
Ni nmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved nickel CDNIICP1 nmol l -1
Cd pmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved cadmium CDCDICP1 pmol l -1
Co pmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved cobalt CDCOICP1 pmol l -1
Pb pmol l -1 Concentration of dissolved lead CDPBICP1 pmol l -1

Data Quality Report

The data are of good quality, SAFe reference samples were run in triplicate. A number of data values were flagged by the originator who suspected them of being contaminated.

Project Information



GEOTRACES is an international programme sponsored by SCOR which aims to improve our understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of trace elements and their isotopes (TEIs) in the marine environment. The global field programme started in 2009 and will run for at least a decade. Before the official launch of GEOTRACES, fieldwork was carried out as part of the International Polar Year (IPY)(2007-2009) where 14 cruises were connected to GEOTRACES.

GEOTRACES is expected to become the largest programme to focus on the chemistry of the oceans and will improve our understanding of past, present and future distributions of TEIs and their relationships to important global processes.

This initiative was prompted by the increasing recognition that TEIs are playing a crucial role as regulators and recorders of important biogeochemical and physical processes that control the structure and productivity of marine ecosystems, the dispersion of contaminants in the marine environment, the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and global climate.

Scientific Objectives

GEOTRACES mission is: To identify processes and quantify fluxes that control the distribution of key trace elements and isotopes in the ocean, and to establish the sensitivity of these distributions to changing environmental conditions.

Three overriding goals support the GEOTRACES mission

These goals will be pursued through complementary research strategies, including observations, experiments and modelling.


The central component of GEOTRACES fieldwork will be a series of cruises spanning all Ocean basins see map below.

BODC image

Three types of cruise are required to meet the goals set out by GEOTRACES. These are


The IPY-GEOTRACES programme comprised of 14 research cruises on ships from 7 nations; Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Russia. The cruises will not be classified in the same way as the full GEOTRACES programme since the intercalibration protocols and data management protocols had not been established before the start of the IPY. But IPY-GEOTRACES data will still be quality controlled by GDAC and in the majority of cases verified versus Intercalibration standards or protocols.

Key parameters

The key parameters as set out by the GEOTRACES science plan are as follows: Fe, Al, Zn, Mn, Cd, Cu; 15N, 13C; 230Th, 231Pa; Pb isotopes, Nd isotopes; stored sample, particles, aerosols.


Data Activity or Cruise Information

Data Activity

Start Date (yyyy-mm-dd) 2006-07-23
End Date (yyyy-mm-dd) 2006-07-23
Organization Undertaking ActivityNIWA, Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography, University of Otago
Country of OrganizationNew Zealand
Originator's Data Activity IdentifierTAN0609_UCCTD_u4832b
Platform Categorylowered unmanned submersible

BODC Sample Metadata Report for TAN0609_UCCTD_u4832b

Sample reference number Bottle rosette position Bottle firing sequence number Minimum pressure sampled (dbar) Maximum pressure sampled (dbar) Depth of sampling point (m) Bottle type Sample quality flag Bottle reference Comments
227897 12       30.00     30.00     29.70 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227898 11       60.00     60.00     59.50 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227899 10       80.00     80.00     79.30 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227900 9     100.00   100.00     99.10 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227901 8     150.00   150.00   148.70 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227902 7     200.00   200.00   198.20 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227903 6     250.00   250.00   247.70 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227904 5     300.00   300.00   297.30 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227905 4     350.00   350.00   346.80 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227906 3     400.00   400.00   396.30 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227907 2     450.00   450.00   445.70 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    
227908 1     500.00   500.00   495.20 5-litre Niskin No problem reported    

Please note: the supplied parameters may not have been sampled from all the bottle firings described in the table above. Cross-match the Sample Reference Number above against the SAMPRFNM value in the data file to identify the relevant metadata.

Other Series linked to this Data Activity - 1047207


Cruise Name TAN0609 (GIPY1)
Departure Date 2006-07-12
Arrival Date 2006-08-05
Principal Scientist(s)Philip Boyd (NIWA, Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography, University of Otago)
Ship Tangaroa

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