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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 47210

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category Offshore sea floor pressure series
Instrument Type Tide gauge (unspecified)
Instrument Mounting fixed benthic node
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator -
Originating Organization Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Bidston Laboratory (now National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)
Processing Status banked
Online delivery of data Download available - Ocean Data View (ODV) format
Project(s) CONSLEX

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier SB2FP3
BODC Series Reference 47210

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1982-08-28 00:00
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1982-10-24 19:00
Nominal Cycle Interval 3600.0 seconds

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 58.01330 N ( 58° 0.8' N )
Longitude 9.14990 W ( 9° 9.0' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.1 to 0.5 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 213.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 213.0 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 0.0 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 0.0 m
Sea Floor Depth 213.0 m
Sea Floor Depth Source -
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Fixed common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth which is effectively fixed for the duration of the series
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface
Sea Floor Depth Datum Instantaneous - Depth measured below water line or instantaneous water body surface


BODC CODERankUnitsTitle
AADYAA011DaysDate (time from 00:00 01/01/1760 to 00:00 UT on day)
AAFDZZ011DaysTime (time between 00:00 UT and timestamp)
PPSSRL011DecibarsPressure (measured variable) exerted by the water body by fixed in-situ pressure sensor and corrected using co-located air pressure data expressed to unspecified datum by subtraction of a constant

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

Aanderaa Current Meter/Pressure Recorder

The instrument comprises a bottom mounted rig which utilises a Digiquartz sensor and an Aanderaa current meter (with the adaption of a small vane replacing the normal vane) both interfaced into a modified Aanderaa current meter logger. Current meter speed and absolute pressure count are integrated over a pre-selected period (usually 10 or 15 minutes) and sampled by the logger at the same pre-selected time interval, together with spot readings of vane direction, temperature, elapsed time and rig orientation. The pressure sensor consists of a convoluted bellows linked to a 40kHz quartz crystal resonator coupled by piezoelectric action to an electronic resonator. A quartz crystal clock is used for controlling the sampling interval.

The data are recorded on magnetic tape as 10 bit binary words in serial form with the frequency count from the pressure sensor stored as most and last significant counts. The pressure sensor pack, containing the Digiquartz type 2-300a quartz crystal pressure transducer but no temperature transducer, is mounted approximately 1m above the rig base, with the current meter 0.7m above the base. The rig is 1.5m in height and the base is formed by a tripod with legs of length approximately 0.7m. The current meter/pressure recorder is usually deployed using a U-shaped mooring (i.e. buoy or pellet float to wire rope to tide gauge to ground line to anchor to wire rope to buoy), but W-shaped moorings are used in conjunction with either current meters or thermistor chains. A W-shaped mooring comprises pellet float to pellet line to sub-surface buoy to current meter or thermistor line to anchor weight to ground line to tide gauge to ground line to anchor weight to wire rope to surface buoy.

Data Processing Notes

No final timing check was carried out, thus no timing information available.

Instrument characteristics

Station B2

Bottom mounted current meter/tide gauge Sensor DQ 4144
Nominal sampling interval 900 seconds
Integration period 900 seconds

IOS Data Processing of Off-Shore Pressure Recorder Data

Data processing consists of two stages:-

  1. Pressures have been sample rate reduced from the basic time step of the recorder to produce the hourly values and have been interpolated by a cubic spline to generate the value on cardinal hours.

  2. Instrumental drift has been removed and the drift free series is produced with an artificial mean value, usually of 100mbar.

Project Information

Continental Slope Experiment (CONSLEX)

The Continental Slope Experiment (CONSLEX) was a collaborative exercise between the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Scottish Marine Biological Association, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food designed to study water movements across the Scottish continental slope.

The experiment ran from August/September 1982 to February/March 1983. The deployments, mainly current meter moorings, were made along a set of lines defined thus:

Line Position Number of
P 51° 41' N,15° 26' W to 51° 41' N,14° 55' W 4
A 57° 18' N,09° 53' W to 57° 23' N,08° 30' W 9
B 58° 11' N,09° 57' W to 57° 57' N,08° 50' W 7
C 59° 11' N,07° 43' W to 59° 00' N,07° 22' W 6
D 59° 46' N,06° 16' W to 59° 37' N,05° 58' W 4
E 60° 31' N,05° 00' W to 60° 05' N,04° 29' W 5
F 61° 27' N,02° 13' W to 61° 08' N,01° 33' W 6
G 63° 07' N,00° 00' W to 61° 30' N,00° 00' W 6

Bottom-mounted pressure gauges were deployed at either end of lines A-G and four temporary tide gauges were installed from Sligo (Eire) to Shetland. The current meter temperature sensors were supplemented by three thermistor chain deployments.

Data Activity or Cruise Information

No Data Activity or Cruise Information held for the Series

Fixed Station Information

No Fixed Station Information held for the Series

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