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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1253184

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category Water sample data
Instrument Type
Niskin bottle  discrete water samplers
Instrument Mounting lowered unmanned submersible
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator Dr Sinhue Torres-Valdes
Originating Organization National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Processing Status banked
Online delivery of data Download available - Ocean Data View (ODV) format
Project(s) ANDREX

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier JC030_CTD_NUTS_570:CTD08
BODC Series Reference 1253184

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2009-01-03 09:37
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval -

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 54.01605 S ( 54° 1.0' S )
Longitude 25.72679 E ( 25° 43.6' E )
Positional Uncertainty 0.05 to 0.1 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 7.6 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 3439.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 57.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 3488.4 m
Sea Floor Depth 3496.0 m
Sea Floor Depth Source -
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Unspecified -
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Unspecified -
Sea Floor Depth Datum Unspecified -


BODC CODERankUnitsTitle
ADEPZZ011MetresDepth (spatial coordinate) relative to water surface in the water body
BOTTFLAG1Not applicableSampling process quality flag (BODC C22)
FIRSEQID1DimensionlessBottle firing sequence number
NTRZAATX1Micromoles per litreConcentration of nitrate+nitrite {NO3+NO2} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by colorimetric autoanalysis
PHOSAATX1Micromoles per litreConcentration of phosphate {PO43- CAS 14265-44-2} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by colorimetric autoanalysis
ROSPOSID1DimensionlessBottle rosette position identifier
SAMPRFNM1DimensionlessSample reference number
SLCAAATX1Micromoles per litreConcentration of silicate {SiO44- CAS 17181-37-2} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by colorimetric autoanalysis

Definition of BOTTFLAG

0The sampling event occurred without any incident being reported to BODC.
1The filter in an in-situ sampling pump physically ruptured during sample resulting in an unquantifiable loss of sampled material.
2Analytical evidence (e.g. surface water salinity measured on a sample collected at depth) indicates that the water sample has been contaminated by water from depths other than the depths of sampling.
3The feedback indicator on the deck unit reported that the bottle closure command had failed. General Oceanics deck units used on NERC vessels in the 80s and 90s were renowned for reporting misfires when the bottle had been closed. This flag is also suitable for when a trigger command is mistakenly sent to a bottle that has previously been fired.
4During the sampling deployment the bottle was fired in an order other than incrementing rosette position. Indicative of the potential for errors in the assignment of bottle firing depth, especially with General Oceanics rosettes.
5Water was reported to be escaping from the bottle as the rosette was being recovered.
6The bottle seals were observed to be incorrectly seated and the bottle was only part full of water on recovery.
7Either the bottle was found to contain no sample on recovery or there was no bottle fitted to the rosette position fired (but SBE35 record may exist).
8There is reason to doubt the accuracy of the sampling depth associated with the sample.
9The bottle air vent had not been closed prior to deployment giving rise to a risk of sample contamination through leakage.

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

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Narrative Documents

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 and Lever Action bottles have a capacity between 1.7 and 30 L. Reversing thermometers may be attached to a spring-loaded disk that rotates through 180° on bottle closure.

Inorganic nutrient measurements from CTD bottle samples collected during ANDREX cruise JC030

Originator's Protocol for Data Acquisition and Analysis

Water samples for the determination of nitrate and nitrite, phosphate and silicate were drawn from 20 litre Niskin bottles from a 24-rosette sampling system mounted on a Sea-Bird 9/11 plus CTD. The water samples were collected into 35 ml coulter counter vials and kept refrigerated at approximately 4°C until analysis, which usually commenced within 0.5 to 2.0 hours.

Concentrations of nitrate and nitrite, phosphate and silicate were determined by a Skalar SansPlus segmented autoanalyser following methods described by Kirkwood (1996), with the exception that the pump rates through the phosphate line were increased by a factor of 1.5, which improved reproducibility and peak shape. A dilution loop for the sample line of the silicate channel was also installed giving a 2.9 times dilution. This was done in anticipation of the very high silicate concentrations expected in the area to be sampled. Stations were run individually because there was a large gap ca. >8 hours between stations. Further details of the instrumentation setup can be seen in the cruise report.

An artificial seawater matrix (ASW) of 40 g l-1 sodium chloride was used as the inter-sample wash and standard matrix. The nutrient free status of this solution was checked by running Ocean Scientific International (OSI) nutrient free seawater on every run. A single set of mixed standards were made up by diluting 5 mMol solutions made from weighed dried salts in 1 l of ASW into 1 l plastic volumetric flasks. On setting up the laboratory all labware was washed with 10% HCl and rinsed with MQ water. The wash time and sample time of the autosampler were 90 seconds and the lines were washed daily with 0.5 mol l-1 sodium hydroxide and 10% Decon 90.

Data processing was undertaken using Skalar proprietary software and was done at regular intervals throughout the cruise. Time series of baseline, instrument sensitivity, calibration curve correlation coefficient, nitrate reduction efficiency and duplicate difference was compiled to check the performance of the autoanalyser over the course of the cruise.

References Cited

Kirkwood, D., 1996. Nutrients: Practical notes on their determinations in seawater. ICES Techniques in marine environmental sciences. 17, 1-25.

BODC Data Processing Procedures

All data were received in one Microsoft Excel format file. Data received were loaded into the BODC database using established BODC data banking procedures. One discrepancy was found between the data originator's metadata and the Sea-Bird .btl files and log sheets. The rosette position numbers 22 and 23 provided for CTD cast 27 were the wrong way round in comparison to the pressure values therefore these were swapped without referral with the data originator. In addition, the following changes were made; all WOCE quality control flags provided by the originator were converted into BODC standard flags, 2 (good) = no flag, 3 (questionable) = 'L', and all absent data values were removed. The data were screened in-house prior to loading. Data were then loaded without any further changes. The following table shows how the variables were mapped to appropriate BODC parameter codes:

Originator's Parameter Unit Description BODC Parameter Code BODC Unit Comments
EXPOCODE - Cruise - - -
CASTNO - CTD station number - - -
SAMPNO - Sample number - - Null values only
DATE - Year - - -
TIME - Time - - Null values only
LATITUDE - Latitude - - -
LONGITUDE - Longitude - - -
CTDPRS dbar CTD pressure - - -
CTDPRS_FLAG_W - CTD pressure flags - - Null values only
BTLNBR - Rosette position - - -
BTLNBR_FLAG_W - Bottle flags - - Null values only
Depth m Depth - - Null values only
Depth_FLAG_W - Depth flags - - Null values only
temp - CTD temperature - - -
temp_FLAG_W - CTD temperature flags - - Null values only
potemp - CTD potential temperature - - -
potemp_FLAG_W - CTD potential temperature flags - - Null values only
sal_cal - CTD salinity - - -
sal_cal_FLAG_W - CTD salinity flags - - Null values only
NO3 µmol l-1 Nitrate+nitrite NTRZAATX µmol l-1 -
NO3_FLAG_W - Nitrate+nitrite flags - - -
SiO4 µmol l-1 Silicate SLCAAATX µmol l-1 -
SiO4_FLAG_W - Silcate flags - - -
PO4 µmol l-1 Phosphate PHOSAATX µmol l-1 -
PO4_FLAG_W - Phosphate flags - - -
oxy_cal µmol l-1 CTD oxygen - - -
oxy_cal_FLAG_W - CTD oxygen flags - - -
NO3 µmol kg-1 Nitrate+nitrite - - Nitrate+nitrite in µmol l-1 units loaded
NO3_FLAG_W - Nitrate+nitrite flags - - -
SiO4 µmol kg-1 Silicate - - Silicate in µmol l-1 units loaded
SiO4_FLAG_W - Silicate flags - - -
PO4 µmol kg-1 Phosphate - - Phosphate in µmol l-1 units loaded
PO4_FLAG_W - Phosphate flags - - -

Data Quality Report

None (BODC assessment).

Problem Report

None (BODC assessment).

Project Information

Antarctic Deep Water Rates of Export (ANDREX) project document

ANDREX is a UK field programme aimed at investigating the role of the Weddell Gyre in the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) and its influence on deep ocean properties.

The MOC is a critical regulator of Earth's climate and is crucial for deep water ventilation across the globe. Surface currents transport waters towards the poles, where they become dense and sink, flowing equatorward as deep, cool currents. The MOC ensures that the deep oceans remain ventilated and conducive to life, and is also important for anthropogenic carbon sequestration. The southern closure of the MOC in the Weddell Sea is strongly influenced by the Weddell Gyre, which facilitates the exchange of waters between the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the waters of the continental shelf. Cooling and sea ice formation in the Weddell Sea lead to overturning of the water column and the ventilation of Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW), which flows out of the Weddell Sea and into the deep oceans to the north. Thus, the Weddell Gyre plays an important role in the properties of deep ocean waters on a global scale.

The goals of ANDREX are to investigate the exchange of water masses between the ACC and the Weddell Sea, including AABW formation and ventilation rates, carbon and nutrient cycling, the influence of fresh water input from sea ice, precipitation and glacial melt, and the role of the Weddell Gyre in anthropogenic carbon sequestration. The project includes hydrographic, ventilation tracer, biogeochemical and bathymetric measurements along the outer rim of the Weddell Gyre.

ANDREX is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI) and involves scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of Manchester, the Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

For more information please see the official project website at ANDREX

Data Activity or Cruise Information

Data Activity

Start Date (yyyy-mm-dd) 2009-01-03
End Date (yyyy-mm-dd) 2009-01-03
Organization Undertaking ActivityNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Country of OrganizationUnited Kingdom
Originator's Data Activity IdentifierJC030_CTD_CTD08
Platform Categorylowered unmanned submersible

BODC Sample Metadata Report for JC030_CTD_CTD08

Sample reference number Nominal collection volume(l) 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
233666   20.00 1 1 3498.00 3499.30 3439.00 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233667   20.00 2 2 3445.50 3447.50 3388.10 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233668   20.00 3 3 3394.00 3395.10 3337.20 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233669   20.00 4 4 3291.00 3291.90 3236.60 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233670   20.00 5 5 3049.70 3052.90 3002.40 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233671   20.00 6 6 2793.60 2795.10 2750.80 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233672   20.00 7 7 2539.00 2541.50 2502.50 Niskin bottle Bottle leak   Bottle leaked
233673   20.00 8 8 2283.20 2285.70 2251.90 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233674   20.00 9 9 2027.80 2030.10 2001.00 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233675   20.00 10 10 1774.10 1775.00 1751.20 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233676   20.00 11 11 1518.20 1521.40 1500.60 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233677   20.00 12 12 1265.80 1266.30 1250.80 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233678   20.00 13 13 1011.10 1011.60  999.80 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233679   20.00 14 14  809.20  809.60  800.70 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233680   20.00 15 15  606.90  607.70  601.00 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233681   20.00 16 16  404.40  404.90  400.60 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233682   20.00 17 17  303.80  304.50  301.20 Niskin bottle Bottle leak   Possible that bottle leaked
233683   20.00 18 18  204.00  204.90  202.70 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233684   20.00 19 19  152.80  154.00  151.90 Niskin bottle Bottle leak   Possible that bottle leaked
233685   20.00 20 20  103.70  104.10  103.00 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233686   20.00 21 21   77.70   79.00   77.70 Niskin bottle Bottle leak   Possible that bottle leaked
233687   20.00 22 22   53.20   53.50   52.90 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233688   20.00 23 23   27.50   28.70   27.80 Niskin bottle No problem reported    
233689   20.00 24 24    7.40    7.90    7.60 Niskin bottle 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.


Cruise Name JC030
Departure Date 2008-12-26
Arrival Date 2009-01-30
Principal Scientist(s)Sheldon Bacon (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
Ship RRS James Cook

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here

Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameWOCE Southern Repeat Section 4
CategoryOffshore route/traverse

World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) Southern Repeat Section 4

WOCE established a repeat hydrographic section across Northern Weddell sea and designated it SR04. The section is located between Antarctic Peninsula and south of South Africa within a bounding box of -44.00583, -53.624 (North-Western corner) and -71.02167, 38.99683 (South-Eastern corner).

A table of cruises which have occupied SR04 is presented below with links to the relevant cruise reports or cruise narratives (where available).

Cruise Country Ship Start Date End Date Comments
ANT XIII/2 Germany FS Polarstern 06/09/1989 08/10/1989 -
ANT IX/2 Germany FS Polarstern 17/11/1990 30/12/1990 -
ANT X/4 Germany FS Polarstern 21/05/1992 05/08/1992 -
ANT X/7 Germany FS Polarstern 03/12/1992 22/01/1993 -
ANT XIII/4 Germany FS Polarstern 17/03/1996 20/05/1996 WOCE line also known as S04A
ANT XV/4 Germany FS Polarstern 28/03/1998 23/05/1998 -
JC030 United Kingdom RRS James Cook 26/12/2008 30/01/2009 Repeat of ANT XIII/4

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: WOCE Southern Repeat Section 4

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
1102263CTD or STD cast2009-01-01 05:59:5354.0 S, 30.0001 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253135Water sample data2009-01-01 08:16:0054.00002 S, 30.00007 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102287CTD or STD cast2009-01-02 01:31:0254.0035 S, 29.1109 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253159Water sample data2009-01-02 03:45:0054.00349 S, 29.11096 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102299CTD or STD cast2009-01-02 14:11:1954.0283 S, 27.3817 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253160Water sample data2009-01-02 16:22:0054.02867 S, 27.38152 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113479Water sample data2009-01-02 16:22:3054.02867 S, 27.38152 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102306CTD or STD cast2009-01-02 23:36:2354.0029 S, 26.4887 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113480Water sample data2009-01-03 01:47:4254.00288 S, 26.48865 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253172Water sample data2009-01-03 01:48:0054.00288 S, 26.48865 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102318CTD or STD cast2009-01-03 07:56:3554.016 S, 25.7267 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102331CTD or STD cast2009-01-03 19:28:3754.7528 S, 24.6381 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113492Water sample data2009-01-03 21:19:4054.75288 S, 24.63811 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253196Water sample data2009-01-03 21:20:0054.75288 S, 24.63811 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102042CTD or STD cast2009-01-04 07:29:0355.4994 S, 23.4341 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253203Water sample data2009-01-04 09:31:0055.49938 S, 23.43414 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102054CTD or STD cast2009-01-04 19:28:5756.2449 S, 22.2473 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253215Water sample data2009-01-04 21:41:0056.24488 S, 22.2473 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113511Water sample data2009-01-04 21:41:1756.24488 S, 22.2473 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102066CTD or STD cast2009-01-05 07:25:2457.0009 S, 21.006 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253227Water sample data2009-01-05 09:42:0057.00088 S, 21.00595 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102078CTD or STD cast2009-01-05 19:16:5957.2301 S, 18.9898 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253239Water sample data2009-01-05 21:24:0057.23005 S, 18.98979 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113523Water sample data2009-01-05 21:24:2457.23005 S, 18.98979 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102091CTD or STD cast2009-01-06 05:57:3257.3687 S, 17.2587 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253240Water sample data2009-01-06 08:00:0057.36885 S, 17.25871 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102109CTD or STD cast2009-01-06 17:06:0657.5375 S, 15.3751 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253252Water sample data2009-01-06 19:13:0057.53753 S, 15.37504 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113535Water sample data2009-01-06 19:13:1357.53753 S, 15.37504 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102110CTD or STD cast2009-01-07 05:19:3657.7132 S, 13.4878 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253264Water sample data2009-01-07 07:31:0057.71327 S, 13.48768 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102122CTD or STD cast2009-01-07 17:28:2957.8961 S, 11.8957 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113547Water sample data2009-01-07 19:48:4157.896 S, 11.59938 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253276Water sample data2009-01-07 19:49:0057.896 S, 11.59938 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102134CTD or STD cast2009-01-08 06:26:4258.0668 S, 9.6609 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253288Water sample data2009-01-08 08:42:0058.0668 S, 9.66093 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102146CTD or STD cast2009-01-08 18:29:0458.3312 S, 7.7594 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253307Water sample data2009-01-08 20:13:0058.33122 S, 7.75943 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113559Water sample data2009-01-08 20:13:1458.33122 S, 7.75943 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102171CTD or STD cast2009-01-09 05:51:0258.4162 S, 5.8259 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253319Water sample data2009-01-09 07:58:0058.41657 S, 5.82603 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102183CTD or STD cast2009-01-09 21:14:2058.8172 S, 2.8575 ERRS James Cook JC030
2113560Water sample data2009-01-09 23:35:5858.81717 S, 2.85753 ERRS James Cook JC030
1253320Water sample data2009-01-09 23:36:0058.81717 S, 2.85753 ERRS James Cook JC030
1102195CTD or STD cast2009-01-10 12:06:3159.213 S, 0.1162 WRRS James Cook JC030
1253332Water sample data2009-01-10 14:20:0059.21304 S, 0.11619 WRRS James Cook JC030