Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 510546


Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category CTD or STD cast
Instrument Type
NameCategories
Sea-Bird SBE 19 SEACAT CTD  CTD; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor
Instrument Mounting research vessel
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator -
Originating Organization Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory (now Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Processing Status banked
Project(s) -
 

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier CU04/98/0073
BODC Series Reference 510546
 

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1998-03-04 10:27
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 1.0 decibars
 

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 56.45900 N ( 56° 27.5' N )
Longitude 2.18870 W ( 2° 11.3' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.5 to 1.0 n.miles
Minimum Sensor Depth 0.99 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 45.57 m
Minimum Sensor Height 4.43 m
Maximum Sensor Height 49.01 m
Sea Floor Depth 50.0 m
Sensor Distribution Variable common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth, but this depth varies significantly during the series
Sensor 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
 

Parameters

BODC CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
ACYCAA01 1 Dimensionless Record_No Sequence number
CNDCZZ01 1 Siemens per metre Cond Electrical conductivity of the water body
PRESPR01 1 Decibars Pres_Z Pressure (spatial co-ordinate) exerted by the water body by profiling pressure sensor and corrected to read zero at sea level
PSALPR01 1 Dimensionless P_sal Practical salinity of the water body by conductivity cell and computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm
TEMPST01 1 Degrees Celsius WC_temp_CTD Temperature of the water body by CTD or STD
 

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

Public domain data

These data have no specific confidentiality restrictions for users. However, users must acknowledge data sources as it is not ethical to publish data without proper attribution. Any publication or other output resulting from usage of the data should include an acknowledgment.

The recommended acknowledgment is

"This study uses data from the data source/organisation/programme, provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre and funded by the funding body."


Narrative Documents

Sea-Bird SBE 19 and SBE 19plus SEACAT Profiler CTDs

The SBE 19 SEACAT Profiler is a self-contained, battery powered, pumped CTD system designed to measure conductivity, temperature, and pressure in marine or fresh water environments to depths of 10,500 meters. It was replaced by the SBE 19 plus model in 2001. An updated version of this instrument is the SBE 19 plus V2, which incorporates an electronics upgrade and additional features, with six differentially amplified A/D input channels, one RS-232 data input channel, and 64 MB FLASH memory.

The standard CTD unit comes with a plastic housing (rated to 600 m), although this can be replaced by titanium housing for depths up to 7000 m. It is typically used for CTD profiling although a conversion kit is available for mooring deployments. The CTD can also be attached to an SBE 36 CTD Deck Unit and Power/Data Interface Module (PDIM) for real-time operation on single-core armored cable up to 10,000 m.

Specifications

Parameter SBE 19 SBE 19 plus
Temperature

Range: -5 to +35 °C

Accuracy: 0.01 °C

Resolution: 0.001 °C

Calibration: +1 to +32 °C*

Range: -5 to +35 °C

Accuracy: 0.005 °C

Resolution: 0.0001 °C

Calibration: +1 to +32 °C*

Conductivity

Range: 0 to 7 S m -1 (0 to 70 mmho cm -1 )

Accuracy: 0.001 S m -1

Resolution: 0.0001 S m -1

Calibration: 0 to 7 S m -1 . Physical calibration over the range 1.4 - 6 S m -1 *

Range: 0 to 9 Sm -1

Accuracy: 0.0005

Resolution: 0.00005 (most oceanic waters, resolves 0.4 ppm in salinity); 0.00007 (high salinity waters, resolves 0.4 ppm in salinity); 0.00001 (fresh waters, resolves 0.1 ppm in salinity)

Calibration: 0 to 9 S m -1 . Physical calibration over the range 1.4 - 6 S m -1 *

Strain gauge pressure sensor

Range: 0 to100, 150, 300, 500, 1000, 1500, 3000, 5000, 10000 or 15000 psia

Accuracy: 0.25% of full scale range (100 - 1500 psia); 0.15% of full scale range (3000 - 15000 psia)

Resolution: 0.015% of full scale

Calibration: 0 to full scale in 20% steps

Range: 0 to 20, 100, 350, 1000, 2000, 3500 or 7000 m

Accuracy: 0.1% of full scale range

Resolution: 0.002% of full scale range

Calibration: ambient pressure to full scale range in 5 steps

*Measurements outside this range may be at slightly reduced accuracy due to extrapolation errors.

Options and accessories

Additional sensors can be attached to the CTD, including:

The standard SBE 5M pump may be replaced by an SBE 5P (plastic housing) or 5T (titanium housing) pump for use with dissolved oxygen and/or other pumped sensors. Further details can be found in the manufacturer's SBE 19 plus V2 instrument specification or the SBE 19 and SBE 19 plus user guides.

RV Clupea 04/98 CTD Data Documentation

Introduction

Documentation for data collected on R.V. Clupea cruise 4/98 (3rd March - 23rd March 1998) by the Fisheries Research Services of the Scottish Marine Office, Aberdeen UK.

The cruise objectives were:

  1. To determine the abundance and distribution of piscivorous demersal fish species by bottom trawl survey.

  2. To determine the age and length composition, and age-length and weight- length relationships, of piscivorous demersal fish species. Stomach samples will be collected to determine diets of these fish predators.

  3. To assess the abundance of sandeels in the sediment by grab sampling survey (approximately 300 grab stations). Sandeels caught will be measured and weighed and otoliths taken for age determination. Sediment samples will be taken to investigate the relationship between sandeel density and sediment particle size distribution, and to improve the ground-truthing of the RoxAnn data.

  4. To compare effectiveness of grab sampling (a further 200 grab stations approximately) and dredging (being done by RV Bernicia) as means of estimating sandeel density in the sediments. sandeels caught will be measured and weighed and otoliths taken for age determination.

  5. To determine the abundance and distribution of clupeids and sandeels in the water column off the Firth of Forth by echo-integrator survey.

  6. To determine sandeel and clupeid age and length composition by pelagic trawl sampling. Weight-length and age-length relationship will be determined. otoliths will be collected for age determination.

  7. To map seabed sediment type using RoxAnn, backed up by grab sampling.

  8. To determine spatial variation in temperature and salinity profiles.

  9. To determine abundance and distribution of other top predators (seals, cetaceans, seabirds) in relation to pelagic fish distribution.

Instrumentation and Protocols

The temperature and salinity data were collected using a Sea-Bird SBE19 instrument, which has been calibrated using bottle samples and thermometer readings to produce the following equations:

T(cal) = T(obs)

C(cal) = 1.0024C(obs) - 0.0684

For any further Information Contact:

George Slesser
Marine Laboratory Aberdeen
PO Box 101
Victoria Road
Aberdeen AB11 9DB
Slesser@marlab.ac.uk

General Data Screening carried out by BODC

BODC screen both the series header qualifying information and the parameter values in the data cycles themselves.

Header information is inspected for:

Documents are written by BODC highlighting irregularities which cannot be resolved.

Data cycles are inspected using time or depth series plots of all parameters. Currents are additionally inspected using vector scatter plots and time series plots of North and East velocity components. These presentations undergo intrinsic and extrinsic screening to detect infeasible values within the data cycles themselves and inconsistencies as seen when comparing characteristics of adjacent data sets displaced with respect to depth, position or time. Values suspected of being of non-oceanographic origin may be tagged with the BODC flag denoting suspect value; the data values will not be altered.

The following types of irregularity, each relying on visual detection in the plot, are amongst those which may be flagged as suspect:

If a large percentage of the data is affected by irregularities then a Problem Report will be written rather than flagging the individual suspect values. Problem Reports are also used to highlight irregularities seen in the graphical data presentations.

Inconsistencies between the characteristics of the data set and those of its neighbours are sought and, where necessary, documented. This covers inconsistencies such as the following:

This intrinsic and extrinsic screening of the parameter values seeks to confirm the qualifying information and the source laboratory's comments on the series. In screening and collating information, every care is taken to ensure that errors of BODC making are not introduced.


Project Information


No Project Information held for the Series

Data Activity or Cruise Information

Cruise

Cruise Name 0498C
Departure Date 1998-03-03
Arrival Date 1998-03-23
Principal Scientist(s)Simon Greenstreet (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Ship FRV Clupea

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here


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