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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1722283

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 Prof 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_046
BODC Series Reference 1722283

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2015-06-10 11:45
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 5.0 decibars

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 57.58352 N ( 57° 35.0' N )
Longitude 13.63400 W ( 13° 38.0' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 5.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 100.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 18.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 113.0 m
Sea Floor Depth 118.0 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 = 1722283

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 Quality Report

All casts were processed, although it was noted that casts shallower than 100-200 m often seemed to have problems, usually characterised as giving a profile that was significantly deeper than the true water depth. It is assumed this was due to confusing reflections at the seabed, and recommend that those profiles not be used (Casts 35, 37, 46, 47, 68-75, 79-81, 83). For more information see the cruise report page 35.

Data Access Policy

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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 NameEllett Line/Extended Ellett Line Station A
CategoryOffshore location
Latitude57° 34.98' N
Longitude13° 37.98' W
Water depth below MSL130.0 m

Ellett Line/Extended Ellett Line: Station A

Station A 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.

Prior to September 1996, Station A was part of a shorter repeated survey section, consisting of 35 fixed stations, known as The Ellett Line (originally termed the Anton Dohrn Seamount Section). This line incorporated those stations across the Rockall Trough and Scottish shelf between Rockall and the Sound of Mull and was visited at regular intervals (usually at least once a year) between 1975 and January 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: Ellett Line/Extended Ellett Line Station A

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
89403CTD or STD cast1975-07-07 00:10:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH10A/75
90293CTD or STD cast1975-11-09 23:35:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH14A/75
90404CTD or STD cast1976-04-01 19:21:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH5A/76
91339CTD or STD cast1976-05-23 11:00:0057.5966 N, 13.6166 WRRS Challenger CH8/76
90846CTD or STD cast1977-03-06 07:20:0057.57 N, 13.6116 WRRS Challenger CH4/77
92110CTD or STD cast1977-04-16 20:11:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH6B/77
94085CTD or STD cast1977-07-23 07:51:0057.585 N, 13.6116 WRRS Challenger CH11/77
185962CTD or STD cast1978-08-09 07:55:0057.5833 N, 13.6166 WRRS Challenger CH11B/78
187434CTD or STD cast1980-03-01 17:05:0057.5783 N, 13.63 WRRS Challenger CH4/80
188253CTD or STD cast1981-04-19 17:39:0057.5866 N, 13.6166 WRRS Challenger CH6B/81
189361CTD or STD cast1982-05-08 16:37:0057.6333 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH7B/82
96878CTD or STD cast1983-08-17 11:22:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH11/83
257415CTD or STD cast1984-11-21 05:59:0057.585 N, 13.63 WRRS Challenger CH10/84
254085CTD or STD cast1985-05-10 00:05:0057.5833 N, 13.6316 WRRS Challenger CH4/85
261395CTD or STD cast1985-08-22 01:03:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH8/85
250385CTD or STD cast1987-04-28 06:51:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH14
266037CTD or STD cast1989-05-07 10:49:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRV Lough Foyle LF1/89
317820CTD or STD cast1989-08-06 13:03:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRV Lough Foyle LF2/89
317008CTD or STD cast1989-11-27 11:49:0057.5817 N, 13.635 WRRS Charles Darwin CD44
314895CTD or STD cast1990-06-26 22:58:0057.5767 N, 13.6633 WRRS Challenger CH67A
382690CTD or STD cast1991-02-28 10:57:0057.5833 N, 13.635 WRRS Challenger CH75B
316392CTD or STD cast1991-07-04 02:43:0057.585 N, 13.635 WRRS Challenger CH81
386666CTD or STD cast1992-09-28 20:55:0057.5833 N, 13.6283 WRRS Challenger CH97
385546CTD or STD cast1993-05-14 19:25:0057.5833 N, 13.6367 WRRS Challenger CH103
387694CTD or STD cast1993-09-05 04:46:0057.5827 N, 13.6352 WRRS Challenger CH105
389154CTD or STD cast1994-05-02 00:32:0057.5765 N, 13.626 WRRS Challenger CH112
391017CTD or STD cast1994-08-19 14:58:0057.5762 N, 13.6338 WRRS Challenger CH114
435225CTD or STD cast1995-04-27 11:53:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Charles Darwin CD92B
390597CTD or STD cast1995-08-01 15:10:0057.5797 N, 13.5925 WRRS Challenger CH120
434209CTD or STD cast1996-01-14 19:26:0057.5833 N, 13.6333 WRRS Challenger CH124
1014761CTD or STD cast1996-10-03 00:17:0057.568 N, 13.6355 WRRS Discovery D223A
1850261Water sample data1996-10-03 00:31:0057.568 N, 13.63543 WRRS Discovery D223A
1007985CTD or STD cast1997-09-13 01:04:0057.5545 N, 13.61567 WRRS Discovery D230
2131542Water sample data1997-09-13 01:12:0057.55456 N, 13.61568 WRRS Discovery D230
1020582CTD or STD cast1998-05-25 11:43:0057.57983 N, 13.63417 WRRS Discovery D233
1306229Water sample data1998-05-25 11:53:0057.57978 N, 13.63414 WRRS Discovery D233
1849388Water sample data1998-05-25 11:53:0057.57978 N, 13.63414 WRRS Discovery D233
1076899CTD or STD cast1999-05-30 11:05:0057.5795 N, 13.62683 WNot applicable
1070831CTD or STD cast1999-09-14 01:52:0057.563 N, 13.6315 WRRS Discovery D242
1252168Water sample data1999-09-14 01:58:0057.563 N, 13.6315 WRRS Discovery D242
559020CTD or STD cast2000-05-17 18:30:0057.5817 N, 13.5983 WFRV Scotia 0700S
1230394Water sample data2000-05-17 18:30:0057.58267 N, 13.59933 WFRV Scotia 0700S
676964CTD or STD cast2001-05-22 03:42:0057.58517 N, 13.63433 WRRS Discovery D253
626666CTD or STD cast2003-04-17 18:54:0056.8845 N, 8.4918 WFRV Scotia 0703S
626887CTD or STD cast2003-04-19 07:35:0057.5848 N, 13.625 WFRV Scotia 0703S
844884CTD or STD cast2003-07-21 00:36:0057.58442 N, 13.63245 WFS Poseidon PO300_2
667230CTD or STD cast2004-07-15 06:12:0057.57833 N, 13.63617 WFS Poseidon PO314
896562CTD or STD cast2005-10-12 15:55:0057.58414 N, 13.63322 WRRS Charles Darwin CD176
2079312Water sample data2005-10-12 16:05:3757.58414 N, 13.63322 WRRS Charles Darwin CD176
2139753Water sample data2005-10-12 16:05:3757.58414 N, 13.63322 WRRS Charles Darwin CD176
847372CTD or STD cast2007-08-28 15:01:2557.58355 N, 13.64052 WRRS Discovery D321B
880732CTD or STD cast2008-05-21 04:52:0057.58383 N, 13.63233 WFRV Scotia 0508S
1616762Water sample data2008-05-21 04:52:0057.58383 N, 13.63233 WFRV Scotia 0508S
954185CTD or STD cast2009-06-16 07:04:1557.58301 N, 13.63408 WRRS Discovery D340A
1052652CTD or STD cast2010-05-18 19:27:5157.58083 N, 13.63767 WRRS Discovery D351
1929862Currents -subsurface Eulerian2010-05-18 19:28:3157.5813 N, 13.6374 WRRS Discovery D351
1896676Water sample data2010-05-18 19:42:0057.58036 N, 13.63815 WRRS Discovery D351
1195665CTD or STD cast2011-05-29 21:13:0057.582 N, 13.6325 WRRS Discovery D365
1203636CTD or STD cast2012-08-05 17:22:0057.58313 N, 13.63233 WRRS Discovery D379
1220302CTD or STD cast2013-05-18 12:59:5857.5837 N, 13.6344 WRRS James Cook JC086
2098278Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
2098739Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
2099269Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
2099847Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
2100395Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
2100900Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
2101374Water sample data2013-05-18 13:07:0057.58833 N, 13.65139 WRRS James Cook JC086
1370649CTD or STD cast2014-07-08 11:15:3057.5828 N, 13.6324 WRRS James Clark Ross JR20140531 (JR302)
1371063CTD or STD cast2014-07-14 14:47:4857.5827 N, 13.6334 WRRS James Clark Ross JR20140531 (JR302)
1723108CTD or STD cast2015-06-08 16:55:1757.5822 N, 13.6325 WRRS Discovery DY031
1722178Currents -subsurface Eulerian2015-06-08 16:58:0657.58222 N, 13.63246 WRRS Discovery DY031
1879034Water sample data2015-06-08 17:07:0057.58223 N, 13.63245 WRRS Discovery DY031
2150146Water sample data2015-06-08 17:07:0057.58223 N, 13.63245 WRRS Discovery DY031
1723201CTD or STD cast2015-06-10 11:43:4957.5835 N, 13.634 WRRS Discovery DY031
2150251Water sample data2015-06-10 11:51:3057.58353 N, 13.634 WRRS Discovery DY031
1879138Water sample data2015-06-10 11:52:0057.58353 N, 13.634 WRRS Discovery DY031
1764476CTD or STD cast2016-06-15 15:55:4157.5826 N, 13.6342 WRRS Discovery DY052
1765615Currents -subsurface Eulerian2016-06-15 15:56:2757.58262 N, 13.63418 WRRS Discovery DY052
2149329Water sample data2016-06-15 16:03:5157.58263 N, 13.63418 WRRS Discovery DY052
1874804Water sample data2016-06-15 16:04:0057.58263 N, 13.63418 WRRS Discovery DY052
1976142CTD or STD cast2017-05-19 16:18:5057.5826 N, 13.6326 WRRS Discovery DY078 (DY079)