Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1672358


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
Project(s) Provess
 

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier CH140_GPUMP_PIGX_59:
BODC Series Reference 1672358
 

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1998-10-23 12:31
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1998-10-28 13:18
Nominal Cycle Interval -
 

Spatial Co-ordinates

Southernmost Latitude 59.23011 N ( 59° 13.8' N )
Northernmost Latitude 59.45365 N ( 59° 27.2' N )
Westernmost Longitude 3.05576 W ( 3° 3.3' W )
Easternmost Longitude 1.06791 E ( 1° 4.1' E )
Positional Uncertainty Unspecified
Minimum Sensor Depth 4.0 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 4.0 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
CPHLHPP1 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water>GF/F_HPLC 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 high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
 

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

Public domain data

These data have no specific confidentiality restrictions for users. However, users must acknowledge data sources as it is not ethical to publish data without proper attribution. Any publication or other output resulting from usage of the data should include an acknowledgment.

The recommended acknowledgment is

"This study uses data from the data source/organisation/programme, provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre and funded by the funding body."


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.

Phytoplankton pigment concentration data series for cruise Challenger CH140

Document History

Converted from CDROM documentation.

Data Originator

Ken Jones, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory (DML), Oban, UK.

Content of data series

Parameter Unit Parameter code Number of samples Number of stations Comments
Chlorophyll a (total) µg l -1 CPHLHPP1 76 17 CTD + 9 NT none
Chl. a (sum of size-fractions >0.2 µm) µg l -1 CPHLHPP4 6 1 CTD none
Chl. a (0.2-2 µm) µg l -1 SCHLHPPF 6 1 CTD none
Chl. a (2-20 µm) µg l -1 SCHLHPPG 6 1 CTD none
Chl. a (>20 µm) µg l -1 SCHLHPPQ 6 1 CTD none

CTD= CTD-Rosette water column sampling station.
NT= surface underway sampling from ship's non-toxic supply (ca. 4 m).

Sampling strategy and methodology

Water samples were collected mainly from the near surface, bottom mixed layers and in the vicinity of the thermocline using the CTD-rosette water sampler. Full vertical profiles of phytopigment distribution were determined from 4 CTD casts. Occasional samples were also taken from the ship's non-toxic water supply for calibration of the underway fluorometer. Water (200 ml) was filtered through 2.5 cm GF/F filters and the filters were stored frozen for later analysis at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory. At one CTD station water samples were size-fractionated by passage through a filter stack consisting of polycarbonate filters of 18, 2 and 0.2 µm pore size. Filters were stored as described above.

Chlorophyll a was extracted into 8 ml of 90% acetone and analysed by isocratic HPLC analysis.

BODC processing

The data were loaded into a database under the ORACLE Relational Database Management System without modification.

Comments on data quality

None to report.


Project Information

PROcesses of Vertical Exchange in Shelf Seas (PROVESS)

Introduction

PROVESS was an interdisciplinary study of the vertical fluxes of properties through the water column and the surface and bottom boundary layers. The project was funded by the European Community MAST-III programme (MAS3-CT97- 0159) and ran from March 1998 to May 2001.

Scientific Rationale

PROVESS was based on the integration of experimental, theoretical and modelling studies with the aim of improving understanding and quantification of vertical exchange processes in the water column, in particular in the surface and benthic boundary layers and across the> pycnocline. PROVESS also explored mechanisms of physical-biological coupling in which vertical exchanges and turbulence significantly affect the environmental conditions experienced by the biota with particular reference to aggregation, flocculation, sedimentation and trophic interactions.

Fieldwork

The experimental phase of the project was carried out at two contrasting sites in the North Sea: the northern North Sea site (NNS) and the southern North Sea site (SNS).

The two sites had the following characteristics:

SNS NNS
Position 52° 15.0' N, 4° 17.0' E 59° 20.0' E, 1° 00.0' E
Time of year April-May September-November
Water depth (m) 16 100
M2 max amplitude (m s-1) 0.75 0.15
Max current (m s-1) 1.0 0.6
Delta T (deg C) mixed 7-1
Thermocline depth (m) mixed 35-100
Delta S 1 small
Halocline depth (m) 5-10 cf. thermocline depth
Max wind speed (m s-1) 20 25
Max wave height (m) 5 10
Max wave period (s) 8 10
Internal motion No Yes
Sediment muddy-sand muddy-sand
Biology eutrophic oligotrophic

At both locations measurements were concentrated at a central position with additional measurements being made to estimate horizontal gradients. Moored instruments (including current meters, temperature and pressure sensors, fluorometers, transmissometers, nutrient analysers and meteorological sensors) were deployed between 7 September and 5 November 1998 at the NNS and between 29 March and 25 May 1999 at the SNS. Each experiment was supported by intensive measurement series made from oceanographic ships and involving turbulence dissipation profiler CTD, particle size profilers, optical profilers, benthic sampling and water bottle sampling.

Details of the cruises were as follows:

Site Ship
(nationality)
Cruise
Mnemonic
Date
NNS Valdivia (GER) VA174 5 - 17 Sep 1998
  Dana (DK) D1198 14 - 26 Oct 1998
  Pelagia (NL) PE125 19 - 30 Oct 1998
  Challenger (UK) CH140 22 Oct - 9 Nov 1998
SNS Pelagia (NL) PE135 29 Mar - 9 Apr 1999
  Mitra (NL) MT0499 19 - 30 Apr 1999
  Belgica (BE) BG9912 17 - 21 May 1999

Data Activity or Cruise Information

Cruise

Cruise Name CH140 (PROVESS N-4)
Departure Date 1998-10-21
Arrival Date 1998-11-11
Principal Scientist(s)M John Howarth (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory)
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