Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 612148

Metadata Summary

Data Description

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

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier CU05/02/57
BODC Series Reference 612148

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2002-03-31 11:52
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 1.0 decibars

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 56.96280 N ( 56° 57.8' N )
Longitude 2.04180 W ( 2° 2.5' W )
Positional Uncertainty Unspecified
Minimum Sensor Depth 1.98 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 50.53 m
Minimum Sensor Height 6.46 m
Maximum Sensor Height 55.02 m
Sea Floor Depth 57.0 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


BODC CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
CNDCST01 1 Siemens per metre CTDCond Electrical conductivity of the water body by CTD
CPHLPR01 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water_ISfluor Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a CAS 479-61-8} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >unknown phase] by in-situ chlorophyll fluorometer
FVLTWS01 1 Volts WsVolt Voltage of instrument output by linear-response chlorophyll fluorometer
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
PSALST01 1 Dimensionless P_sal_CTD Practical salinity of the water body by CTD and computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm
SIGTEQ01 1 Kilograms per cubic metre SigmaTheta Sigma-theta of the water body by computation from salinity and potential temperature using UNESCO 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.


Parameter SBE 19 SBE 19 plus

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*


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.

Seapoint Chlorophyll Fluorometer

The Seapoint Chlorophyll Fluorometer (SCF) is a low power instrument for in situ measurements of chlorophyll a. The SCF uses modulated blue LED lamps and a blue excitation filter to excite chlorophyll a. The fluorescent light emitted by the chlorophyll a passes through a red emission filter and is detected by a silicon photodiode. The low level signal is then processed using synchronous demodulation circuitry which generates an output voltage proportional to chlorophyll a concentration. The SCF may be operated with or without a pump.

Sensor specifications, current at August 2006, are given in the table below. More information can be found at the manufacturer's web site .

Sensor Specifications

Power requirements 8 - 20 VDC, 15 mA avg., 27 mA pk.
Output 0 - 5.0 VDC
Output Time Constant 0.1 sec.
Power-up transient period < 1 sec.
Excitation Wavelength 470 nm CWL, 30 nm FWHM
Emission Wavelength 685 nm CWL, 30 nm FWHM
Sensing Volume 340 mm 3
Minimum Detectable Level 0.02 µg l -1

  Gain Sensitivity, V µg -1 l -1 Range, µg l -1
Sensitivity/Range 30x

RV Clupea 05/2002 CTD Data Documentation


The instrument used was a Sea-Bird SBE19 SEACAT.

Details of the sensors on the CTD are -

Manufacturer Sensor Serial No. Manufacturer Cal. Date Sensor Units
Sea-Bird Pressure 2304 14 Sep 2001 Decibars
Sea-Bird Temperature 2304 08 Sep 2001 Centigrade
Sea-Bird Conductivity 2304 08 Sep 2001 Siemens/meter
Seapoint Fluorometer 2048 25 Sep 2001 Volts
C-Star Transmissometer CST-504PR 19 Sep 2001 Volts


Parameter Value of m (y=mx+c) Value of c (y=mx+c) Equation
Pressure 1.000000 0.000000 P(cal) = P(obs)
Temperature 1.000000 0.000000 T(cal) = T(obs)
Conductivity 1.045070 -1.545900 C(cal) = 1.045070C(obs) + -1.545900
Fluorescence 0.000200 0.230600 Chlor.(cal)(ug/l) = 0.000200F(obs))volts) + 0.230600
Beam Attenuation 1.000000 0.000000 B(cal) = B(obs)

Data Quality Information

The attenuance channel has been deleted from all stations on this cruise as the data were considered suspect by both FRS and BODC. The values ranged from <1 volt to >9 volts between individual stations as well as within the same station on occasion. FRS have put this down to there possibly being a malfunction in the transmissometer as the meter was later sent away for calibrating and servicing (May 2003) and any data recorded after this point appears to be acceptable.

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 Name 0502C
Departure Date 2002-03-21
Arrival Date 2002-04-01
Principal Scientist(s)Michael R Robertson (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Simon Greenstreet (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Ship FRV Clupea

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here

Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameStonehaven line
CategoryOffshore route/traverse

Stonehaven Line

Stonehaven Line

Listed below are details of the standard stations that form the Stonehaven Line sampled by Fisheries Research Services

Station number Latitude Longitude Distance Between Stations (nm) approx
1 56° 57.80' N 02° 10.93' W -
2 56° 57.80' N 02° 10.00' W 0.5
3 56° 57.80' N 02° 09.07' W 0.5
4 56° 57.80' N 02° 08.14' W 0.5
5 56° 57.80' N 02° 07.21' W 0.5
6 56° 57.80' N 02° 06.20' W 0.5
7 56° 57.80' N 02° 05.28' W 0.5
8 56° 57.80' N 02° 04.35' W 0.5
9 56° 57.80' N 02° 02.50' W 1
10 56° 57.80' N 02° 00.65' W 1
11 56° 57.80' N 01° 58.80' W 1
12 56° 57.80' N 01° 56.95' W 1
13 56° 57.80' N 01° 55.10' W 1
14 56° 57.80' N 01° 53.25' W 1
15 56° 57.80' N 01° 52.32' W 0.5
16 56° 57.80' N 01° 51.39' W 0.5
17 56° 57.80' N 01° 50.47' W 0.5
18 56° 57.80' N 01° 49.55' W 0.5
19 56° 57.80' N 01° 48.63' W 0.5
20 56° 57.80' N 01° 46.78' W 1
21 56° 57.80' N 01° 43.08' W 2

As part of the on-going studies by Fisheries Research Services (FRS) weekly samples are collected from station number 6. This site has been sampled since January 1997.
The present and long-term objective is to monitor and assess the state of the ecosystem in the eastern, coastal waters of Scotland from the Stonehaven site.

Samples taken routinely include:
- Salinity and Temperature at near surface and near seabed
- Nutrient Chemical Concentrations, such as inorganic nitrate, phosphate and silicate
- Phytoplankton pigment concentration (chlorophyll a), species identifications and counts
- Zooplankton species identifications and counts.

Other Series linked to this Fixed Station for this cruise - 612136 612161 612173 612185 612197 612204

Other Cruises linked to this Fixed Station (with the number of series) - 0503C (7) 0602S (7) 0902C (7) 1003C_1 (7) 1502C_2 (6) 1603C (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