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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 1929966

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 Ms Jane Read
Originating Organization National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Processing Status banked
Online delivery of data Download available - Ocean Data View (ODV) format
Project(s) Oceans 2025

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier LADCP_039
BODC Series Reference 1929966

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2010-05-20 01:15
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 10.0 metres

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 57.39610 N ( 57° 23.8' N )
Longitude 10.87360 W ( 10° 52.4' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 10.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 760.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 32.38 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 782.39 m
Sea Floor Depth 792.39 m
Sea Floor Depth Source GEBCO1901
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Sensor fixed with measurements made at multiple depths within a fixed range (e.g. ADCP) - The sensor is at a fixed depth, but measurements are made remotely from the sensor over a range of depths (e.g. ADCP measurements)
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface
Sea Floor Depth Datum Chart reference - Depth extracted from available chart


BODC CODERankUnitsTitle
ACYCAA011DimensionlessSequence number
ADEPZZ011MetresDepth (spatial coordinate) relative to water surface in the water body
ERRVLDCP1Centimetres per secondError velocity of water current in the water body by lowered acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP)
LCEWLW011Centimetres per secondEastward velocity of water current (Eulerian measurement) in the water body by lowered acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP)
LCNSLW011Centimetres per secondNorthward velocity of water current (Eulerian measurement) in the water body by lowered acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP)

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

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 Data Processing

The LADCP data were supplied as individual files in .lad format. All data provided were from two downward looking Teledyne RDI Workhorse 300 kHz ADCP's, which were 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 Variable Originator's Units BODC Parameter Code BODC Units Comments
z m ADEPZZ01 m -
u m s-1 LCEWLW01 cm s-1 Units converted from m s-1 to cm s-1 by multiplying by 100.
v m s-1 LCNSLW01 cm s-1 Units converted from m s-1 to cm s-1 by multiplying by 100.
ev m s-1 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.

Originator's Data Processing

Instrument description

Two Teledyne RDI Workhorse 300 kHz lowered acoustic Doppler current profilers (LADCP) (serial numbers 13329 and 10607) were mounted on two CTD frames, both were positioned in a downward looking orientation. Serial number 13329 was mounted on the stainless steel frame and was last serviced 21st September 2009. Serial number 10607 was mounted on the titanium frame and was last serviced 26th March 2008. Both instruments worked well throughout the cruise, without any evidence of problems.

Sampling strategy

CTD casts were taken during cruise D351, occupying 62 stations across the Ellett Line and Extended Ellett Line, from which 49 Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (LADCP) profiles are available. Processing of LADCP data from stations 010, 025, 051, 052, 055, and 057 crashed, and of these, stations 051, 052, 055, and 057 were in shallow water where there were insufficient data for the processing to work. It is not clear why stations 010 and 025 failed to process as inspection of the LADCP data with the RDI software winADCP identified nothing wrong. It is unknown why data were not provided for station 043.

Data processing

Data were processed using MatLab Visbeck v10 software. The Visbeck software incorporates ship's position, CTD pressure and vessel mounted ADCP (VM-ADCP) currents to obtain the best solution for water column currents. However, VM-ADCP data were not ready during the cruise so the processing was run without. CTD data were merged with the 'abnv3511' (bestnav) file for position, then converted from PSTAR 2db files to MATLAB format. Time, position and pressure were separated into different .mat files for the Visbeck software.

Please refer to page 60 of the cruise report for more details about the processing methodology.

Project Information

Oceans 2025 - The NERC Marine Centres' Strategic Research Programme 2007-2012

Who funds the programme?

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funds the Oceans 2025 programme, which was originally planned in the context of NERC's 2002-2007 strategy and later realigned to NERC's subsequent strategy (Next Generation Science for Planet Earth; NERC 2007).

Who is involved in the programme?

The Oceans 2025 programme was designed by and is to be implemented through seven leading UK marine centres. The marine centres work together in coordination and are also supported by cooperation and input from government bodies, universities and other partners. The seven marine centres are:

  • National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
  • Marine Biological Association (MBA)
  • Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Marine Science (SAHFOS)
  • Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL)
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
  • Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)

Oceans2025 provides funding to three national marine facilities, which provide services to the wider UK marine community, in addition to the Oceans 2025 community. These facilities are:

  • British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC), hosted at POL
  • Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL), hosted at POL
  • Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), hosted at SAMS

The NERC-run Strategic Ocean Funding Initiative (SOFI) provides additional support to the programme by funding additional research projects and studentships that closely complement the Oceans 2025 programme, primarily through universities.

What is the programme about?

Oceans 2025 sets out to address some key challenges that face the UK as a result of a changing marine environment. The research funded through the programme sets out to increase understanding of the size, nature and impacts of these changes, with the aim to:

  • improve knowledge of how the seas behave, not just now but in the future;
  • help assess what that might mean for the Earth system and for society;
  • assist in developing sustainable solutions for the management of marine resources for future generations;
  • enhance the research capabilities and facilities available for UK marine science.

In order to address these aims there are nine science themes supported by the Oceans 2025 programme:

  • Climate, circulation and sea level (Theme 1)
  • Marine biogeochemical cycles (Theme 2)
  • Shelf and coastal processes (Theme 3)
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (Theme 4)
  • Continental margins and deep ocean (Theme 5)
  • Sustainable marine resources (Theme 6)
  • Technology development (Theme 8)
  • Next generation ocean prediction (Theme 9)
  • Integration of sustained observations in the marine environment (Theme 10)

In the original programme proposal there was a theme on health and human impacts (Theme 7). The elements of this Theme have subsequently been included in Themes 3 and 9.

When is the programme active?

The programme started in April 2007 with funding for 5 years.

Brief summary of the programme fieldwork/data

Programme fieldwork and data collection are to be achieved through:

  • physical, biological and chemical parameters sampling throughout the North and South Atlantic during collaborative research cruises aboard NERC's research vessels RRS Discovery, RRS James Cook and RRS James Clark Ross;
  • the Continuous Plankton Recorder being deployed by SAHFOS in the North Atlantic and North Pacific on 'ships of opportunity';
  • physical parameters measured and relayed in near real-time by fixed moorings and ARGO floats;
  • coastal and shelf sea observatory data (Liverpool Bay Coastal Observatory (LBCO) and Western Channel Observatory (WCO)) using the RV Prince Madog and RV Quest.

The data is to be fed into models for validation and future projections. Greater detail can be found in the Theme documents.

Data Activity or Cruise Information


Cruise Name D351
Departure Date 2010-05-11
Arrival Date 2010-05-28
Principal Scientist(s)Jane F Read (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 K
CategoryOffshore location
Latitude57° 24.00' N
Longitude10° 52.02' W
Water depth below MSL850.0 m

Ellett Line/Extended Ellett Line: Station K

Station K 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 K 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 K

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

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Series IdentifierData CategoryStart date/timeStart positionCruise
89950CTD or STD cast1975-05-04 12:32:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH7A/75
89292CTD or STD cast1975-07-06 00:28:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH10A/75
90176CTD or STD cast1975-11-09 02:33:0057.3983 N, 10.8683 WRRS Challenger CH14A/75
90521CTD or STD cast1976-04-02 14:19:0057.4033 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH5A/76
91235CTD or STD cast1976-05-22 11:53:0057.3933 N, 10.8683 WRRS Challenger CH8/76
90963CTD or STD cast1977-03-07 01:07:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH4/77
92029CTD or STD cast1977-04-16 00:08:0057.3916 N, 10.8916 WRRS Challenger CH6B/77
94190CTD or STD cast1977-07-24 06:40:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH11/77
88750CTD or STD cast1977-08-22 06:27:0057.3983 N, 10.8633 WRRS Challenger CH13/77
92503CTD or STD cast1978-02-07 03:20:0057.4183 N, 10.9183 WRRS Challenger CH2/78
94509CTD or STD cast1978-04-16 18:02:0057.385 N, 10.885 WRRS Challenger CH6/78
94792CTD or STD cast1978-04-19 07:08:0057.3883 N, 10.86 WRRS Challenger CH6/78
95285CTD or STD cast1978-06-05 19:22:0057.4033 N, 10.8416 WRRS Challenger CH9/78
186062CTD or STD cast1978-08-10 02:05:0057.4 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH11B/78
190847CTD or STD cast1978-09-12 15:27:0057.3916 N, 10.87 WRRS Challenger CH11D/78
314404CTD or STD cast1978-11-08 00:55:0057.4133 N, 10.875 WRRS Challenger CH14B/78
98664CTD or STD cast1979-05-20 18:53:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH7/79
95979CTD or STD cast1979-09-15 05:30:0057.3866 N, 10.86 WRRS Challenger CH13/79
187606CTD or STD cast1980-03-02 17:09:0057.3983 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH4/80
188923CTD or STD cast1980-05-04 15:08:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH7/80
188369CTD or STD cast1981-04-20 13:40:0057.3916 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH6B/81
187157CTD or STD cast1981-10-15 02:25:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH15/81
189268CTD or STD cast1982-04-29 12:23:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH7A/82
189490CTD or STD cast1982-05-09 15:08:0057.3983 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH7B/82
193568CTD or STD cast1983-05-25 22:05:0057.4 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH7B/83
97009CTD or STD cast1983-08-18 05:42:0057.4 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH11/83
313290CTD or STD cast1984-06-28 12:20:0057.385 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH2/84
313308CTD or STD cast1984-06-28 13:52:0057.385 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH2/84
253973CTD or STD cast1985-05-09 05:45:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH4/85
261278CTD or STD cast1985-08-21 03:39:0057.3983 N, 10.8716 WRRS Challenger CH8/85
264240CTD or STD cast1987-01-10 23:59:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH9
250490CTD or STD cast1987-04-29 02:13:0057.3983 N, 10.8683 WRRS Challenger CH14
263887CTD or STD cast1988-06-19 21:02:0057.3983 N, 10.8616 WRRS Challenger CH30
265439CTD or STD cast1989-01-25 07:29:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Discovery D180
265937CTD or STD cast1989-05-06 18:13:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRV Lough Foyle LF1/89
317715CTD or STD cast1989-08-05 20:57:0057.4 N, 10.8733 WRV Lough Foyle LF2/89
316890CTD or STD cast1989-11-26 16:16:0057.4 N, 10.86 WRRS Charles Darwin CD44
315002CTD or STD cast1990-06-27 18:42:0057.4 N, 10.865 WRRS Challenger CH67A
259760CTD or STD cast1990-09-01 23:47:0057.4 N, 10.8666 WRRS Challenger CH71A
382585CTD or STD cast1991-02-27 12:42:0057.3967 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH75B
316287CTD or STD cast1991-07-03 07:03:0057.4017 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH81
386562CTD or STD cast1992-09-27 21:47:0057.4 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH97
385663CTD or STD cast1993-05-15 16:50:0057.4017 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH103
387798CTD or STD cast1993-09-06 17:49:0057.403 N, 10.8685 WRRS Challenger CH105
389271CTD or STD cast1994-05-02 23:31:0057.3932 N, 10.8597 WRRS Challenger CH112
390905CTD or STD cast1994-08-18 10:17:0057.4 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH114
392069CTD or STD cast1994-11-25 17:40:0057.4 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH116
435170CTD or STD cast1995-04-22 14:06:0057.4 N, 10.8667 WRRS Charles Darwin CD92B
390524CTD or STD cast1995-07-31 15:55:0057.4005 N, 10.868 WRRS Challenger CH120
434129CTD or STD cast1996-01-13 17:57:0057.4 N, 10.8667 WRRS Challenger CH124
1014644CTD or STD cast1996-10-01 18:01:0057.39683 N, 10.86367 WRRS Discovery D223A
1850144Water sample data1996-10-01 18:34:0057.39688 N, 10.86369 WRRS Discovery D223A
1070726CTD or STD cast1999-09-12 20:50:0057.40283 N, 10.84483 WRRS Discovery D242
1252052Water sample data1999-09-12 21:07:0057.40283 N, 10.84483 WRRS Discovery D242
1075221CTD or STD cast2000-02-04 19:11:0057.40133 N, 10.86567 WRRS Discovery D245
559136CTD or STD cast2000-05-18 12:46:0057.3933 N, 10.865 WFRV Scotia 0700S
1230449Water sample data2000-05-18 12:46:0057.39433 N, 10.8665 WFRV Scotia 0700S
676860CTD or STD cast2001-05-21 04:01:0057.4015 N, 10.85167 WRRS Discovery D253
626771CTD or STD cast2003-04-18 12:50:0057.3963 N, 10.8655 WFRV Scotia 0703S
844976CTD or STD cast2003-07-22 15:51:0057.40485 N, 10.87055 WFS Poseidon PO300_2
667137CTD or STD cast2004-07-14 02:48:0057.403 N, 10.86533 WFS Poseidon PO314
896470CTD or STD cast2005-10-11 07:50:0057.4005 N, 10.86404 WRRS Charles Darwin CD176
776596CTD or STD cast2006-10-25 07:54:5657.4025 N, 10.86883 WRRS Discovery D312
847452CTD or STD cast2007-08-29 16:35:1257.39712 N, 10.86659 WRRS Discovery D321B
880848CTD or STD cast2008-05-22 13:05:0057.3735 N, 10.869 WFRV Scotia 0508S
1616866Water sample data2008-05-22 13:05:0057.3735 N, 10.869 WFRV Scotia 0508S
954290CTD or STD cast2009-06-19 18:22:3157.39969 N, 10.87057 WRRS Discovery D340A
1053563CTD or STD cast2010-05-20 01:14:4457.39383 N, 10.8775 WRRS Discovery D351
1896793Water sample data2010-05-20 01:48:0057.39226 N, 10.87779 WRRS Discovery D351
1195770CTD or STD cast2011-05-30 20:32:1157.39733 N, 10.8725 WRRS Discovery D365
1203520CTD or STD cast2012-08-04 12:23:0057.40017 N, 10.86748 WRRS Discovery D379
1220418CTD or STD cast2013-05-19 19:55:2657.3997 N, 10.8678 WRRS James Cook JC086
1371179CTD or STD cast2014-07-15 12:18:4957.4002 N, 10.8674 WRRS James Clark Ross JR20140531 (JR302)
1723305CTD or STD cast2015-06-13 01:05:5857.3998 N, 10.8672 WRRS Discovery DY031
1722399Currents -subsurface Eulerian2015-06-13 01:06:2757.39978 N, 10.86726 WRRS Discovery DY031
1879255Water sample data2015-06-13 01:30:0057.39978 N, 10.86725 WRRS Discovery DY031
1764593CTD or STD cast2016-06-16 18:23:3157.3996 N, 10.8667 WRRS Discovery DY052
1765720Currents -subsurface Eulerian2016-06-16 18:24:0057.39955 N, 10.86675 WRRS Discovery DY052
1874921Water sample data2016-06-16 18:48:0057.39955 N, 10.86675 WRRS Discovery DY052
1976049CTD or STD cast2017-05-17 20:31:4957.3999 N, 10.8666 WRRS Discovery DY078 (DY079)