Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1652394


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 Alex Poulton
Originating Organization National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Processing Status banked
Project(s) Atlantic Meridional Transect Phase2(AMT)
 

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier AMT16_GPUMP_PIGX_215:
BODC Series Reference 1652394
 

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2005-05-23 13:00
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2005-06-26 11:15
Nominal Cycle Interval -
 

Spatial Co-ordinates

Southernmost Latitude 32.62213 S ( 32° 37.3' S )
Northernmost Latitude 46.36570 N ( 46° 21.9' N )
Westernmost Longitude 45.83870 W ( 45° 50.3' W )
Easternmost Longitude 13.56776 E ( 13° 34.1' E )
Positional Uncertainty Unspecified
Minimum Sensor Depth 5.0 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 5.0 m
Minimum Sensor Height -
Maximum Sensor Height -
Sea Floor Depth -
Sensor Distribution Unspecified -
Sensor Depth Datum Unspecified -
Sea Floor Depth Datum Unspecified -
 

Parameters

BODC CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
AADYAA01 1 Days Date(Loch_Day) Date (time from 00:00 01/01/1760 to 00:00 UT on day)
AAFDZZ01 1 Days Time(Day_Fract) Time (time between 00:00 UT and timestamp)
ALATGP01 1 Degrees Lat_GPS Latitude north (WGS84) by unspecified GPS system
ALONGP01 1 Degrees Lon_GPS Longitude east (WGS84) by unspecified GPS system
CPHLFLP1 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water>GF/F_fluor Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >GF/F phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry
CPHLFLP4 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water>0.2um_fluor_sum_frac Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >0.2um phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry and summation of size-fractionated values
SCHLFLPA 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water>5um_fluor Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >5um phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry
SCHLFLPC 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water_2-5um_fluor Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate 2-5um phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry
SCHLFLPF 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water_0.2-2um_fluor Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate 0.2-2um phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry
 

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.

AMT16 extracted chlorophyll-a measured fluormetrically from CTD bottle and underway samples

Data Acquisition and Analysis

This data originates from analyses on samples collected from CTD rosette bottles for 64 CTD casts and from the ship's non-toxic supply. Water-column sampling during AMT16 concentrated around collection of the main core measurements from 5 or 6 light depths from the predawn CTD cast (~0200 - 0400h local time), with a reduced set of measurements and depths from the late morning 'optics' cast (1100h local time).

Water samples from the 5-6 main light depths were collected from CTD bottles and underway samples from the ship's non-toxic supply every 4-5 hours. These samples were filtered on 25 mm GFF filters. Filters were extracted in 90% acetone for 24 hrs and total chlorophyll-a measured with a TD-700 Turner Designs fluorometer following the procedure of Welschmeyer (1994) which minimises interference by chlorophyll-b. The fluorometer was calibrated with dilutions of a solution of pure chlorophyll-a (Sigma, UK) in 90% acetone, the concentration of which was determined spectrophotometrically after the cruise.

References Cited

Welschmeyer N.A., 1994. Fluorometric analysis of chlorophyll-a in the presence of chlorophyll-b and phaeopigments. Limnology and Oceanography, 39, 1985-1992.

Instrumentation Description

Not relevant to this dataset.

BODC Data Processing Procedures

Data were submitted to BODC in an Excel spreadsheet and accessioned under BODC archive SOC050136. Sample metadata provided (CTD cast, date, time, lat/lon and depth) were checked against information held in the database. There were 2 discrepancies: cast 2 had two samples with very different values from 20 m, the data originator was contacted and confirmed there was a typing error and the second values should be from 30m; cast 43 had sample depths provided that did not match the depths at which the bottles were fired returned from the CTD files (21, 57 and 120m in originators file loaded to 42, 68 and 112m bottle firing depths respectively). There were also 2 samples from 50 m on cast 2 and the data originator confirmed this was correct, these data were averaged and entered into the database at 50 m.

Parameter codes defined in BODC parameter dictionary were assigned to the variable. The units supplied in the spreadsheet were mg l -1 , however comparison with data values reported from onboard calibration in the Cruise Report and sensor range of fluorometer (from manufacturer's website) suggests this is an error and the data should be labelled mg m -3 (equivalent to µg l -1 ).

Data loaded into BODC's database without any changes applied.

A parameter mapping table is provided below;

Originator's Parameter Units Description BODC Parameter Code Units Comments
Chlorophyll-a µg l -1 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >GF/F phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry CPHLFLP1 mg m -3 n/a

Data Quality Report

The data originator indicated 4 values where it was felt these data might be lower than they should be. These have been flagged 'L'.

Problem Report

Not relevant to this dataset.

AMT16 Size Fractioned Chlorophyll-a from CTD bottles and surface underway

Originator's Protocol for Data Acquisition and Analysis

These data originate from samples collected onboard the RRS Discovery between 20 May and 29 June 2005. Samples for chlorophyll analysis were collected from 6 light depths during the late morning 'optics' cast. Light depths were selected assuming that the 1% surface irradiance corresponded to the fluorescence or chlorophyll maximum. One sample from the surface underway was analysed.

Chlorophyll concentration was determined using acetone extraction and fluorometry. Measurements were made onboard using a TD-700 Turner Designs fluorometer, calibrated with fresh chlorophyll-a standard (Sigma, UK) in 90% acetone. The system was set up to measure chlorophyll-a in the presence of chlorophyll-b (Welschmeyer, 1994).

References

W elschmeyer, N.A. 1994. Fluorometric analysis of chlorophyll a in the presence of chlorophyll b and phaeopigments. Limnology and Oceanography 39(8), 1985-1992.

Instrumentation Description

Not relevant to this dataset.

BODC data processing procedures

Data were submitted to BODC in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format and archived to the BODC database under accession SOC110235. Sample metadata were checked against information held in the database - there were no discrepancies. For CTD bottle samples the following size-fractions were analysed: 0.2-2 µm, 2-5 µm, 2-10 µm, 5-10 µm, >10 µm and total chlorophyll. For underway samples, size fractions 0.2-2 µm, 2-5 µm, >5 µm and total chlorophyll were analysed. Parameter codes defined in the BODC parameter dictionary were assigned to each variable. The data were assigned parameter codes defined in the BODC parameter dictionary; no unit conversions were applied as the data were provided in units consistent with those used for the parameters assigned. Data were loaded into BODC's database using established BODC data banking procedures.

A parameter mapping table is provided below;

Originator's parameter Units Description BODC Parameter code Units Comment
Total Chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >0.2 µm phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry and summation of size-fractionated values CPHLFLP4 Milligrams per cubic metre N/A
10 µm chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >10 µm phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry SCHLFLPO Milligrams per cubic metre N/A
5 µm chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit : volume of the water body [particulate >5 µm phase] : by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry SCHLFLPA Milligrams per cubic metre N/A
5-10 µm chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate 5-10 µm phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry SCHLFLPX Milligrams per cubic metre N/A
2-10 µm chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate 2-10 µm phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry SCHLZP02 Milligrams per cubic metre N/A
2-5 µm chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate 2-5 µm phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry SCHLFLPC Milligrams per cubic metre N/A
0.2-2 µm chl mg m -3 Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate 0.2-2 µm phase] by filtration, acetone extraction and fluorometry SCHLFLPF Milligrams per cubic metre N/A

Data Quality Report

BODC has not been advised of any QC checks performed by the data originator before submission to BODC. No data were flagged by BODC.

Problem Report

Not relevant to this dataset.


Project Information

The Atlantic Meridional Transect - Phase 2 (2002-2006)

Who was involved in the project?

The Atlantic Meridional Transect Phase 2 was designed by and implemented by a number of UK research centres and universities. The programme was hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The universities involved were:

What was the project about?

AMT began in 1995, with scientific aims to assess mesoscale to basin scale phytoplankton processes, the functional interpretation of bio-optical signatures and the seasonal, regional and latitudinal variations in mesozooplankton dynamics. In 2002, when the programme restarted, the scientific aims were broadened to address a suite of cross-disciplinary questions concerning ocean plankton ecology and biogeochemistry and the links to atmospheric processes.

The objectives included the determination of:

The data were collected with the aim of being distributed for use in the development of models to describe the interactions between the global climate system and ocean biogeochemistry.

When was the project active?

The second phase of funding allowed the project to continue for the period 2002 to 2006 and consisted of six research cruises. The first phase of the AMT programme ran from 1995 to 2000.

Brief summary of the project fieldwork/data

The fieldwork on the first three cruises was carried out along transects from the UK to the Falkland Islands in September and from the Falkland Islands to the UK in April. The last three cruises followed a cruise track between the UK and South Africa, only deviating from the traditional transect in the southern hemisphere. During this phase the research cruises sampled further into the centre of the North and South Atlantic Ocean and also along the north-west coast of Africa where upwelled nutrient rich water is known to provide a significant source of climatically important gases.

Who funded the project?

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)


Data Activity or Cruise Information

Cruise

Cruise Name D294 (AMT16)
Departure Date 2005-05-20
Arrival Date 2005-06-29
Principal Scientist(s)Tony Bale (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
Ship RRS Discovery

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