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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1362035


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 Ken Jones
Originating Organization Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory (now Scottish Association for Marine Science)
Processing Status banked
Online delivery of data Download available - Ocean Data View (ODV) format
Project(s) LOIS Shelf Edge Study (LOIS - SES)
 

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier CH126B_GPUMP_NUTS_59:
BODC Series Reference 1362035
 

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1996-04-27 20:08
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1996-04-27 21:41
Nominal Cycle Interval 5580.0 seconds
 

Spatial Co-ordinates

Southernmost Latitude 55.40329 N ( 55° 24.2' N )
Northernmost Latitude 57.85350 N ( 57° 51.2' N )
Westernmost Longitude 10.00452 W ( 10° 0.3' W )
Easternmost Longitude 5.97573 W ( 5° 58.5' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.05 to 0.1 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 4.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 4.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height -
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height -
Sea Floor Depth -
Sea Floor Depth Source -
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Unspecified -
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Unspecified -
Sea Floor Depth Datum Unspecified -
 

Parameters

BODC CODERankUnitsTitle
AADYAA011DaysDate (time from 00:00 01/01/1760 to 00:00 UT on day)
AAFDZZ011DaysTime (time between 00:00 UT and timestamp)
ALATGP011DegreesLatitude north relative to WGS84 by unspecified GPS system
ALONGP011DegreesLongitude east relative to WGS84 by unspecified GPS system
AMONAATX1Micromoles per litreConcentration of ammonium {NH4+ CAS 14798-03-9} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by colorimetric autoanalysis
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
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 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.

Nutrients for Charles Darwin and RRS Challenger cruises

Document History

Converted from CDROM documentation.

Content of data series

AMONAATX Ammonium (unfiltered)
Colorometric autoanalysis (unfiltered)
Micromoles/litre
NTRZAAD1 Dissolved nitrate + nitrite
Colorometric autoanalysis (GF/F filtered)
Micromoles/litre
NTRZAATX Nitrate + nitrite (unfiltered)
Colorometric autoanalysis (unfiltered)
Micromoles/litre
PHOSAAD1 Dissolved phosphate
Colorometric autoanalysis (GF/F filtered)
Micromoles/litre
PHOSAATX Phosphate (unfiltered)
Colorometric autoanalysis (unfiltered)
Micromoles/litre
SLCAAATX Silicate (unfiltered)
Colorometric autoanalysis (unfiltered)
Micromoles/litre

Data Originator

Dr Ken Jones, CCMS Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, UK.

Sampling strategy and methodology

Charles Darwin cruises CD92B, CD93A and CD93B and RRS Challenger cruises CH120, CH121B, CH123B, CH124, CH125B, CH126B and CH128A.

Samples were collected using either Niskin bottles deployed on a CTD rosette (CD93A, CD93B, CH121B, CH123B, CH125B, CH126B and CH128A) or NIO bottles deployed on a hydrographic wire in conjunction with a CTD cast (CD92B, CH120 and CH124).

The samples were transferred to a refrigerator at 4°C immediately after collection and were analysed within a few hours on a Lachat autoanalyser using standard colorometric chemistry.

Comments on data quality

An intercalibration of the two nutrient data sets was carried out. Simple regression, excluding data values deemed suspect, yielded the following equations:

POL NO3+NO2 = 0.93 DML NO3+NO2 - 0.14 (R2 = 0.80)
POL PO4 = 0.84 DML PO4 + 0.07 (R2 = 0.78)

The POL nutrient values are systematically significantly lower than the DML data. When individual data values are inspected it can be seen that in some samples the POL values are down to a half of the DML values. This nutrient loss may be attributed to biological activity during sample storage.

The POL data were primarily collected to allow estimation of dissolved organic nitrogen and phosphorus from contemporary total nitrogen and phosphorus determinations. It is therefore recommended that the DML data be used for all considerations of ambient nutrient concentrations and that the POL data be considered as metadata for the TDN and TDP data.


Project Information

LOIS Shelf Edge Study (LOIS - SES)

Introduction

SES was a component of the NERC Land Ocean Interaction Study (LOIS) Community Research Programme that made intensive measurements from the shelf break in the region known as the Hebridean Slope from March 1995 to September 1996.

Scientific Rationale

SES was devoted to the study of interactions between the shelf seas and the open ocean. The specific objectives of the project were:

  • To identify the time and space scales of ocean-shelf momentum transmission and to quantify the contributions to ocean-shelf water exchange by physical processes.

  • To estimate fluxes of water, heat and certain dissolved and suspended constituents across a section of the shelf edge with special emphasis on net carbon export from, and nutrient import to, the shelf.

  • To incorporate process understanding into models and test these models by comparison with observations and provide a basis for estimation of fluxes integrated over time and the length of the shelf.

Fieldwork

The SES fieldwork was focussed on a box enclosing two sections across the shelf break at 56.4-56.5 °N and 56.6-56.7 °N. Moored instrument arrays were maintained throughout the experiment at stations with water depths ranging from 140 m to 1500 m, although there were heavy losses due to the intensive fishing activity in the area. The moorings included meteorological buoys, current meters, transmissometers, fluorometers, nutrient analysers (but these never returned any usable data), thermistor chains, colour sensors and sediment traps.

The moorings were serviced by research cruises at approximately three-monthly intervals. In addition to the mooring work this cruises undertook intensive CTD, water bottle and benthic surveys with cruise durations of up to 6 weeks (3 legs of approximately 2 weeks each).

Moored instrument activities associated with SES comprised current measurements in the North Channel in 1993 and the Tiree Passage from 1995-1996. These provided boundary conditions for SES modelling activities.

Additional data were provided through cruises undertaken by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in a co-operative programme known as SESAME.


Data Activity or Cruise Information

Cruise

Cruise Name CH126B
Departure Date 1996-04-27
Arrival Date 1996-05-12
Principal Scientist(s)Paul Tett (Napier University School of Life Sciences)
Ship RRS Challenger

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
Q value below limit of quantification