Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 648754
No Problem Report Found in the Database
Data quality report
Suspect values were identified during screening where current speed and direction both dropped to zero for two or more consecutive data cycles. This may be the result of temporary fouling of the current meter rotor or of the current meter becoming entangled with the mooring line, as indicated by the originators. These suspect data points have been flagged M. Where a small number of non-zero points occur within a long series of zeroes the non-zero data have also been flagged M as it is unlikely that rotor movement was entirely free for a short number of data cycles before the instrument became jammed again.
Public domain data
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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."
Aanderaa Recording Current Meter Model 7/8
Manufacturer's specifications: recording unit height 49.5cm (RCM8 52.0cm), diameter 12.8cm, vane size 48.5x50.0cm. Meter is designed for depths down to 2000m (RCM8 6000m). It incorporates a spindle which is shackled to the mooring line. The meter is attached to the spindle through a gimbal mounting which permits a maximum 27° deviation of the spindle from the vertical, the meter still remaining horizontal.
Meter comprises :
Paddle wheel rotor magnetically coupled to an electronic counter
Vane, which aligns instrument with current flow, has a balance weight ensuring static balance and tail fins to ensure dynamic balance in flows up to 250cm/s.
Magnetic compass (needle is clamped to potentiometer ring) - direction recorded with 0.35° resolution, 5° accuracy for speeds 5 to 100cm/s, 7.5° accuracy for remaining speeds within 2.5 to 200cm/s range.
Quartz clock, accuracy better than 2 sec/day within temperature range 0 to 20°C.
Thermistor (temperature sensor), standard range -2.46 to 21.48°C (max on high range 36.04°C), accuracy 0.05°C, resolution 0.1 per cent of range, 63 per cent response time 12sec.
Inductive cell conductivity sensor (optional), range 0 to 70mmho/cm standard resolution 0.1 per cent of range.
Silicon piezoresistive bridge, standard range 0 to 3000 psi (RCM8 to 9000 psi), resolution 0.1% of range.
Self balancing potentiometer which converts the output from each sensor into a 10 bit binary number for storage on magnetic tape.
A built-in clock triggers the instrument at preset intervals and up to six channels are sampled in sequence. Channel 1 is a fixed reference reading for control purposes and data identification. Channels 2, 3 and 4 represent measurement of temperature, conductivity and pressure. Channels 5 and 6 represent the VECTOR AVERAGED current speed and direction since the previous triggering of the instrument. The number of rotor revolutions and the direction is sampled every 12 seconds and broken into North and East components. Successive components are added and recorded as speed and direction. For recording intervals longer than 10 minutes, speed and direction are sampled 1/50th of recording interval.
It has become common practice in some laboratories to deploy these meters as temperature and conductivity loggers without current measuring capabilities.
The following link will provide the manufacturer specifications:Manufacturer specifications
Data were received by BODC in ASCII format files. This series was reformatted to the internal QXF format using BODC transfer function 325. The following table shows how the variables within the file were mapped to the appropriate BODC parameter codes.
|Original parameter name||Original Units||Description||BODC Parameter Code||BODC Units||Comments|
|Time||DD/MM/YYYY HH:MI||date and time||AADYAA01 and AAFDZZ01||day number and day fraction GMT||Conversion by transfer|
|u + v||cm/s||Eastward and northward current velocity||LCDAEL01 (direction) and LCSAEL01 (speed)||°, cm/s||Converted by transfer to current direction (Eulerian) in the water column by in-situ current meter and correction to true North, and current speed (Eulerian) in the water column by in-situ current meter|
|T||degrees Celsius||Temperature||TEMPPR01||degrees Celsius|
Following transfer to QXF, the data were screened using BODC's in-house visualisation software, EDSERPLO. Any data considered as suspect were flagged 'M'. Flags from the originator marking suspect data were retained during transfer and flagged 'L'.
Originator's Data Processing
The Aanderaa RCM7 current meters deployed at the East Shetland 1 site had sampling frequencies of 2 readings per hour. The instruments included temperature and conductivity sensors.
DAF applied the standard manufacturers' calibrations to all current, temperature and salinity data, and produced ASCII files for submission to BODC. Data files were named according to the mooring code (708) and the instrument number (1 or 2). Each current meter file (7081/7082) contained eastward and northward velocities, and temperature. Salinity data for each instrument were provided in a further file (append s).
No Project Information held for the Series
|Start Date (yyyy-mm-dd)||2004-10-07|
|End Date (yyyy-mm-dd)||2005-05-10|
|Organization Undertaking Activity||Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory (now Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
|Country of Organization||United Kingdom|
|Originator's Data Activity Identifier||708|
|Platform Category||subsurface mooring|
DAF Current Meter mooring, East Shetland site 1
The mooring was located at 60° 34.44' N, 000° 37.90' W in a nominal water depth of 144 m.
The mooring was deployed on 7 October 2004 by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF, now known as Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory) on cruise FRV Scotia 1404S (04 October 2004-18 October 2004), recovered on 10 May 2005, and consisted of the following instruments.
|Instrument type||Serial Number||Deployment start||Deployment end||Instrument depth (m)||Comments|
|Aanderaa RCM 7||1292||2004-10-07||2005-05-10||49||Current meter may have become entangled with mooring line|
|Aanderaa RCM 7||909||2004-10-07||2005-05-10||134||Current meter may have become entangled with mooring line|
Related Data Activity activities are detailed in Appendix 1
|Principal Scientist(s)||George Slesser (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)|
Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here
No Fixed Station Information held for the Series
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|
Appendix 1: 708
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|Series Identifier||Data Category||Start date/time||Start position||Cruise|
|648766||Currents -subsurface Eulerian||2004-10-07 08:00:00||60.574 N, 0.6317 W||FRV Scotia 1404S|