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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1722351

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_052
BODC Series Reference 1722351

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2015-06-11 02:02
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 5.0 decibars

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 57.49152 N ( 57° 29.5' N )
Longitude 11.84830 W ( 11° 50.9' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 5.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 1775.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 17.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 1787.0 m
Sea Floor Depth 1792.0 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 = 1722351

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 NameEllett Line/Extended Ellett Line Station G
CategoryOffshore location
Latitude57° 29.52' N
Longitude11° 51.00' W
Water depth below MSL1812.0 m

Ellett Line/Extended Ellett Line: Station G

Station G 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 G 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 G

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
89986CTD or STD cast1975-05-04 20:30:0057.4916 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH7A/75
90220CTD or STD cast1975-11-09 09:46:0057.49 N, 11.8516 WRRS Challenger CH14A/75
90477CTD or STD cast1976-04-02 07:05:0057.4933 N, 11.8566 WRRS Challenger CH5A/76
91272CTD or STD cast1976-05-22 21:50:0057.4966 N, 11.855 WRRS Challenger CH8/76
90914CTD or STD cast1977-03-06 18:00:0057.4916 N, 11.8483 WRRS Challenger CH4/77
92066CTD or STD cast1977-04-16 06:42:0057.4916 N, 11.8533 WRRS Challenger CH6B/77
94153CTD or STD cast1977-07-23 22:40:0057.4866 N, 11.8416 WRRS Challenger CH11/77
88798CTD or STD cast1977-08-22 14:21:0057.4883 N, 11.8366 WRRS Challenger CH13/77
92367CTD or STD cast1978-02-05 07:13:0057.495 N, 11.86 WRRS Challenger CH2/78
92460CTD or STD cast1978-02-06 19:47:0057.4933 N, 11.8566 WRRS Challenger CH2/78
94454CTD or STD cast1978-04-16 09:35:0057.4866 N, 11.8183 WRRS Challenger CH6/78
95236CTD or STD cast1978-06-05 12:00:0057.4883 N, 11.855 WRRS Challenger CH9/78
186025CTD or STD cast1978-08-09 19:09:0057.49 N, 11.8683 WRRS Challenger CH11B/78
190792CTD or STD cast1978-09-12 00:10:0057.4916 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH11D/78
187526CTD or STD cast1980-03-02 06:23:0057.4916 N, 11.8516 WRRS Challenger CH4/80
188879CTD or STD cast1980-05-03 21:28:0057.4933 N, 11.845 WRRS Challenger CH7/80
188321CTD or STD cast1981-04-20 05:55:0057.485 N, 11.8466 WRRS Challenger CH6B/81
189348CTD or STD cast1982-05-02 00:22:0057.4883 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH7A/82
189428CTD or STD cast1982-05-09 05:15:0057.495 N, 11.8416 WRRS Challenger CH7B/82
193612CTD or STD cast1983-05-26 05:06:0057.4916 N, 11.845 WRRS Challenger CH7B/83
96958CTD or STD cast1983-08-17 22:10:0057.4933 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH11/83
313357CTD or STD cast1984-06-28 20:53:0057.4917 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH2/84
257439CTD or STD cast1984-11-21 16:32:0057.4916 N, 11.8516 WRRS Challenger CH10/84
258302CTD or STD cast1985-01-26 02:55:0057.4833 N, 11.8666 WRRS Challenger CH1/85
254012CTD or STD cast1985-05-09 12:49:0057.4933 N, 11.8533 WRRS Challenger CH4/85
261322CTD or STD cast1985-08-21 11:27:0057.4916 N, 11.8483 WRRS Challenger CH8/85
264288CTD or STD cast1987-01-11 06:53:0057.4916 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH9
265476CTD or STD cast1989-01-25 14:53:0057.5 N, 11.85 WRRS Discovery D180
317752CTD or STD cast1989-08-06 02:52:0057.4917 N, 11.85 WRV Lough Foyle LF2/89
316945CTD or STD cast1989-11-26 23:27:0057.4917 N, 11.8483 WRRS Charles Darwin CD44
314963CTD or STD cast1990-06-27 11:36:0057.4933 N, 11.845 WRRS Challenger CH67A
259723CTD or STD cast1990-09-01 15:32:0057.4833 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH71A
382628CTD or STD cast1991-02-27 21:23:0057.4917 N, 11.8517 WRRS Challenger CH75B
316331CTD or STD cast1991-07-03 14:29:0057.4933 N, 11.8533 WRRS Challenger CH81
386605CTD or STD cast1992-09-28 06:17:0057.49 N, 11.8467 WRRS Challenger CH97
385614CTD or STD cast1993-05-15 07:48:0057.4933 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH103
387750CTD or STD cast1993-09-06 04:52:0057.4967 N, 11.86 WRRS Challenger CH105
389222CTD or STD cast1994-05-02 13:42:0057.489 N, 11.8502 WRRS Challenger CH112
390942CTD or STD cast1994-08-18 20:59:0057.4917 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH114
392101CTD or STD cast1994-11-26 04:02:0057.4888 N, 11.8263 WRRS Challenger CH116
435286CTD or STD cast1995-04-28 03:59:0057.4917 N, 11.85 WRRS Charles Darwin CD92B
390573CTD or STD cast1995-08-01 02:32:0057.4922 N, 11.8557 WRRS Challenger CH120
434166CTD or STD cast1996-01-14 03:05:0057.4917 N, 11.85 WRRS Challenger CH124
1014693CTD or STD cast1996-10-02 08:43:0057.49333 N, 11.82867 WRRS Discovery D223A
1850193Water sample data1996-10-02 09:32:0057.49339 N, 11.8287 WRRS Discovery D223A
1070775CTD or STD cast1999-09-13 08:20:0057.50217 N, 11.82067 WRRS Discovery D242
1252107Water sample data1999-09-13 08:50:0057.50217 N, 11.82067 WRRS Discovery D242
1075269CTD or STD cast2000-02-14 05:45:0057.51033 N, 11.84133 WRRS Discovery D245
559093CTD or STD cast2000-05-18 05:16:0057.495 N, 11.85 WFRV Scotia 0700S
1230425Water sample data2000-05-18 05:16:0057.49517 N, 11.85133 WFRV Scotia 0700S
676903CTD or STD cast2001-05-21 12:56:0057.49483 N, 11.8485 WRRS Discovery D253
626814CTD or STD cast2003-04-18 19:22:0057.4912 N, 11.8447 WFRV Scotia 0703S
844939CTD or STD cast2003-07-22 06:19:0057.49387 N, 11.85482 WFS Poseidon PO300_2
667174CTD or STD cast2004-07-14 13:31:0057.48933 N, 11.85067 WFS Poseidon PO314
896513CTD or STD cast2005-10-11 21:15:0057.49164 N, 11.85016 WRRS Charles Darwin CD176
776559CTD or STD cast2006-10-24 14:52:0157.48767 N, 11.846 WRRS Discovery D312
847427CTD or STD cast2007-08-29 05:36:2457.48902 N, 11.84798 WRRS Discovery D321B
880800CTD or STD cast2008-05-22 00:52:0057.49217 N, 11.85217 WFRV Scotia 0508S
1616829Water sample data2008-05-22 00:52:0057.49217 N, 11.85217 WFRV Scotia 0508S
954253CTD or STD cast2009-06-17 12:04:4657.49962 N, 11.84389 WRRS Discovery D340A
1052719CTD or STD cast2010-05-19 14:05:0657.4975 N, 11.85033 WRRS Discovery D351
1929929Currents -subsurface Eulerian2010-05-19 14:05:5357.4975 N, 11.8509 WRRS Discovery D351
1896744Water sample data2010-05-19 14:58:0057.49858 N, 11.85285 WRRS Discovery D351
1195733CTD or STD cast2011-05-30 10:37:4757.492 N, 11.8495 WRRS Discovery D365
1203568CTD or STD cast2012-08-05 00:05:0057.49225 N, 11.85052 WRRS Discovery D379
1220375CTD or STD cast2013-05-19 04:23:4657.4917 N, 11.8499 WRRS James Cook JC086
1371131CTD or STD cast2014-07-15 03:30:5257.492 N, 11.8499 WRRS James Clark Ross JR20140531 (JR302)
1723262CTD or STD cast2015-06-11 02:01:3657.4915 N, 11.8483 WRRS Discovery DY031
1879206Water sample data2015-06-11 02:55:0057.49152 N, 11.84826 WRRS Discovery DY031
1764544CTD or STD cast2016-06-16 07:28:2057.4915 N, 11.8513 WRRS Discovery DY052
1765676Currents -subsurface Eulerian2016-06-16 07:28:3057.49149 N, 11.85128 WRRS Discovery DY052
1874877Water sample data2016-06-16 08:20:0057.49149 N, 11.85129 WRRS Discovery DY052
1976086CTD or STD cast2017-05-18 19:05:0157.4947 N, 11.8437 WRRS Discovery DY078 (DY079)