Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 34291
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Aanderaa Pressure Recorder Type TG-4A
The Aanderaa recorder uses a Digiquartz type 2-300a quartz crystal pressure transducer. The pressure sensor consists of a convoluted bellows linked to a 40kHz quartz crystal resonator coupled by piezoelectric action to an electronic resonator. Data are recorded on to 0.25 inch magnetic tape on an Aanderaa data logger in the same case. A quartz crystal clock is used for controlling the sampling interval.
The data are recorded as 10 bit binary words in serial form with the frequency count from the sensor stored as the most and least significant counts. The pressure recorder is a deep water instrument and is usually deployed on a pop up mooring.
IOS Calibration and Data Processing of Off-Shore Tide Gauge Data
Calibration of pressure/frequency sensors and thermistors are carried out using the facilities and staff at I.O.S. Bidston with the exception of pre 1975 pressure/frequency sensors, which were calibrated in the pressure chamber at I.O.S. Wormley.
The data are copied from the logger magnetic tape to 9 track magnetic tape and disk. The data are either listed or plotted as an initial check. A program is then used to check the data from the temperature sensor channels, calculate and plot the temperature values and store them (if temperature sensor channels are available).
A second program performs a similar function for the pressure sensor channel, using the pressure frequency coefficient to convert each pressure frequency to the frequency at the reference temperature and calculating the pressures using the pressure frequency calibration. The data values, generally at 15 minute intervals, but occasionally at 10 minute intervals, of pressure are then plotted and stored. If waterhead is required, it may be computed by subtracting atmospheric pressure and applying the hydrostatic relation:-
H = P / ( d * g )
H = waterhead (cm)
P = pressure (0.01 mb)
d = density (kg/m3)
g = gravitational acceleration (m/s2)
Station A3 (North Atlantic) Data Processing Notes
Sampling was every 30 minutes, alternate pressure and temperature readings. For temperature correction, temperature was calculated as a mean of the two adjacent temperatures for each pressure frequency. Clock gained 42 seconds over 137 days, 17.5 hours; the cycle interval and time values have been corrected.
Instrument characteristics and calibration factors
Aanderaa Pressure Recorder TG-4A, sensor DIG, serial number 282
|Original sampling interval||60 minutes|
|Pressure sensitivity(at 0.964°C)||0.3441counts/mb|
To convert pressure to elevation the following values should be used:
|Density||no CTD casts|
|Gravitational acceleration constant||9.804m/s2|
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The following single character qualifying flags may be associated with one or more individual parameters with a data cycle:
|<||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.)|
|E||End of CTD Down/Up Cast|
|G||Non-taxonomic biological characteristic uncertainty|
|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|
|O||Improbable value - user quality control|
|0||no quality control|
|2||probably good value|
|3||probably bad value|
|6||value below detection|
|7||value in excess|
|A||value phenomenon uncertain|
|Q||value below limit of quantification|