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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1721901

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category Currents -subsurface Eulerian
Instrument Type
Teledyne RDI 300kHz Workhorse Monitor direct-reading ADCP  current profilers
Instrument Mounting lowered unmanned submersible
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator Dr Penny Holliday
Originating Organization National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Processing Status QC in progress
Online delivery of data Download not available
Project(s) -

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier LADCP_010
BODC Series Reference 1721901

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2015-06-04 04:20
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 5.0 decibars

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 61.50048 N ( 61° 30.0' N )
Longitude 19.99990 W ( 19° 60.0' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 5.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 2200.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 3.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 2198.0 m
Sea Floor Depth 2203.0 m
Sea Floor Depth Source CTDDATA
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Variable common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth, but this depth varies significantly during the series
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Approximate - Depth is only approximate
Sea Floor Depth Datum Approximate - Depth is only approximate


No Parameters for BODC Reference Number = 1721901

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

Instrument Description

The LADCP data were collected using the instrumentation detailed below:

Sensor Model Serial Number Calibration (UT) Comments
LADCP Teledyne RDI high-power Workhorse 300kHz 15288 - LDEO unit, downward looking

One Teledyne RDI Workhorse 300kHz ADCP was mounted on the Sea-Bird 9 11 plus CTD frame pointing downward (downlooker).

Teledyne RDI's Workhorse Monitor ADCP

The Workhorse Monitor acoustic doppler current profler (Teledyne RD Instruments) is a long-range and long-term self contained ADCP. It has a patented four beam signal (300, 600 or 1200 kHz) and a standard depth rating of 200m or 600m. It operates effectively between temperatures of -5°C and 45°C and has a velocity accuracy of ±1% ±5mm/s.

BODC Processing

LDEO processed data were provided by the originator in Matlab and ASCII formats. The LDEO processed data in ASCII format were converted into BODC internal format after discussion with the originator. All data provided were from the downward looking RDI 300 kHz Workhorse ADCP which was in operation at the time. The following table shows how the variables within the ASCII files were mapped to appropriate BODC parameter codes:

Originator's Parameter Name Units Description BODC Parameter Code Units Comments
z m Depth of LADCP bin ADEPZZ01 m -
u m s-1 Eastward velocity LCEWLW01 cm s-1 Units converted from m s-1 to cm s-1 by multiplying by 100.
v m s-1 Northward velocity LCNSLW01 cm s-1 Units converted from m s-1 to cm s-1 by multiplying by 100.
ev m s-1 Uncertainty estimates of LADCP velocity profile ERRVLDCP cm s-1 Units converted from m s-1 to cm s-1 by multiplying by 100.

All reformatted data were visualised using the in-house Edserplo software. Suspect and missing data were marked by adding an appropriate quality control flag.

Note that the more complex LDEO processed data are available on request in Matlab format as well as the unprocessed raw LADCP files.

Originator's Data Processing

Sampling Strategy

A total of 84 LADCP profiles were collected at all CTD stations in order to derive full-depth profiles of ocean velocity, as well as profiles of finestructure vertical shear.

Data processing

Preliminary shipboard processing of the LADCP data was carried out with the LDEO IX LADCP processing software using averaged one Hz ascii CTD data in order to correct the LADCP data for depth and sound speed.

Please refer to Thurnherr (2014) and cruise report for a more detailed processing methodology. However, please be aware that this processing guide is for software versions IX.7 to IX.10 only, and changes have been made between versions which have the potential for significantly changing the solutions.


Thurnherr, A. M., 2014. How To Process LADCP Data With the LDEO Software, Versions IX.7 - IX.10.

Project Information

No Project Information held for the Series

Data Activity or Cruise Information


Cruise Name DY031
Departure Date 2015-05-29
Arrival Date 2015-06-17
Principal Scientist(s)N Penny Holliday (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
Ship RRS Discovery

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here

Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameExtended Ellett Line Station IB16
CategoryOffshore location
Latitude61° 30.00' N
Longitude20° 0.00' W
Water depth below MSL2000.0 m

Extended Ellett Line: Fixed Station IB16

Station IB16 is one of the fixed CTD stations, which together form The Extended Ellett Line. The line lies between Iceland and the Sound of Mull (Scotland) crossing the Iceland Basin and Rockall Trough via the outcrop of Rockall. As part of this initiative, CTD dips, together with associated discrete sampling of the water column, have typically been carried out annually at this station since September 1996.

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: Extended Ellett Line Station IB16

Related series for this Fixed Station are presented in the table below. Further information can be found by following the appropriate links.

If you are interested in these series, please be aware we offer a multiple file download service. Should your credentials be insufficient for automatic download, the service also offers a referral to our Enquiries Officer who may be able to negotiate access.

Series IdentifierData CategoryStart date/timeStart positionCruise
1008325CTD or STD cast1997-09-10 06:27:0061.64983 N, 20.02383 WRRS Discovery D230
1304801Water sample data1997-09-10 07:33:0061.64985 N, 20.02385 WRRS Discovery D230
1020453CTD or STD cast1998-05-23 10:34:0061.496 N, 20.003 WRRS Discovery D233
1306113Water sample data1998-05-23 11:35:0061.49608 N, 20.00305 WRRS Discovery D233
1849260Water sample data1998-05-23 11:35:0061.49608 N, 20.00305 WRRS Discovery D233
1070984CTD or STD cast1999-09-17 02:17:0061.64417 N, 19.99683 WRRS Discovery D242
1252353Water sample data1999-09-17 02:52:0061.64417 N, 19.99683 WRRS Discovery D242
670618CTD or STD cast2001-05-10 16:02:0061.49733 N, 20.00517 WRRS Discovery D253
667426CTD or STD cast2004-07-18 03:58:0061.50167 N, 19.9995 WFS Poseidon PO314
897079CTD or STD cast2005-10-19 13:57:0061.49984 N, 19.99988 WRRS Charles Darwin CD176
776326CTD or STD cast2006-10-13 21:28:0561.50667 N, 19.99067 WRRS Discovery D312
847845CTD or STD cast2007-08-26 22:17:3561.50071 N, 20.0013 WRRS Discovery D321B
953981CTD or STD cast2009-06-12 00:55:3161.4991 N, 20.00053 WRRS Discovery D340A
1052535CTD or STD cast2010-05-14 02:04:4461.49983 N, 20.01583 WRRS Discovery D351
1929677Currents -subsurface Eulerian2010-05-14 02:05:5561.4989 N, 19.9998 WRRS Discovery D351
1896467Water sample data2010-05-14 03:08:0061.4996 N, 20.01846 WRRS Discovery D351
1195456CTD or STD cast2011-05-25 18:17:5861.50033 N, 19.999 WRRS Discovery D365
1204271CTD or STD cast2012-08-13 23:20:0061.4997 N, 20.00126 WRRS Discovery D379
1220117CTD or STD cast2013-05-11 10:34:3161.4976 N, 20.0062 WRRS James Cook JC086
1371014CTD or STD cast2014-07-12 18:28:5961.4997 N, 19.9997 WRRS James Clark Ross JR20140531 (JR302)
1722800CTD or STD cast2015-06-04 04:20:0361.5005 N, 19.9999 WRRS Discovery DY031
1878774Water sample data2015-06-04 05:26:0061.50048 N, 19.99988 WRRS Discovery DY031
1764199CTD or STD cast2016-06-11 21:34:1161.5009 N, 20.0014 WRRS Discovery DY052
1765326Currents -subsurface Eulerian2016-06-11 21:34:3761.50088 N, 20.00147 WRRS Discovery DY052
1874527Water sample data2016-06-11 22:32:0061.50089 N, 20.00147 WRRS Discovery DY052
1976511CTD or STD cast2017-05-25 08:58:4661.4998 N, 19.9977 WRRS Discovery DY078 (DY079)