Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 676927


Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category CTD or STD cast
Instrument Type
NameCategories
Sea-Bird SBE 911 CTD  CTD; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor
Sea-Bird SBE 43 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor  dissolved gas sensors
Paroscientific 410K Pressure Transducer  water temperature sensor; water pressure sensors
Sea-Bird SBE 3plus (SBE 3P) temperature sensor  water temperature sensor
Sea-Bird SBE 4C conductivity sensor  salinity sensor
Chelsea Technologies Group Aquatracka III fluorometer  fluorometers
Chelsea Technologies Group Alphatracka II transmissometer  transmissometers
Instrument Mounting lowered unmanned submersible
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator Ms Jane Read
Originating Organization Southampton Oceanography Centre (now National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
Processing Status banked
Project(s) -
 

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier CTD14043
BODC Series Reference 676927
 

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2001-05-21 19:42
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2001-05-21 20:13
Nominal Cycle Interval 2.0 decibars
 

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 57.52867 N ( 57° 31.7' N )
Longitude 12.62417 W ( 12° 37.5' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor Depth 4.95 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 1643.08 m
Minimum Sensor Height 13.22 m
Maximum Sensor Height 1651.35 m
Sea Floor Depth 1656.3 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
CNDCST01 1 Siemens per metre CTDCond Electrical conductivity of the water body by CTD
DOXYZZ01 1 Micromoles per litre WC_dissO2_IS Concentration of oxygen {O2 CAS 7782-44-7} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by in-situ sensor
FVLTAQ01 1 Volts AqVolt Instrument output (voltage) by in-situ Aquatracka chlorophyll fluorometer
OXYSSC01 1 Percent BK_SBE43 Saturation of oxygen {O2 CAS 7782-44-7} in the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by Sea-Bird SBE 43 sensor and calibration against sample data and computation from concentration using Benson and Krause algorithm
POTMCV01 1 Degrees Celsius WC_Potemp Potential temperature of the water body by computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm
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
SIGTPR01 1 Kilograms per cubic metre SigTheta Sigma-theta of the water body by CTD and 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
TVLTDR01 1 Volts TrVoltRed25 Instrument output (voltage) by 25cm path length red light transmissometer
 

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


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Narrative Documents

Sea-Bird Dissolved Oxygen Sensor SBE 43 and SBE 43F

The SBE 43 is a dissolved oxygen sensor designed for marine applications. It incorporates a high-performance Clark polarographic membrane with a pump that continuously plumbs water through it, preventing algal growth and the development of anoxic conditions when the sensor is taking measurements.

Two configurations are available: SBE 43 produces a voltage output and can be incorporated with any Sea-Bird CTD that accepts input from a 0-5 volt auxiliary sensor, while the SBE 43F produces a frequency output and can be integrated with an SBE 52-MP (Moored Profiler CTD) or used for OEM applications. The specifications below are common to both.

Specifications

Housing Plastic or titanium
Membrane

0.5 mil- fast response, typical for profile applications

1 mil- slower response, typical for moored applications

Depth rating

600 m (plastic) or 7000 m (titanium)

10500 m titanium housing available on request

Measurement range 120% of surface saturation
Initial accuracy 2% of saturation
Typical stability 0.5% per 1000 h

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's specification sheet .

Instrument Description

CTD Unit and Auxiliary Sensors

During this cruise, two separate CTD rigs with different sensors were deployed for different sections of the line.
CTD stations 13965 to 14026 used the Neil Brown Mk3 CTD and are called subaccession A
CTD stations 14027 to 14062 used the Sea-Bird 911 CTD are called subaccession B
CTD stations 14064 to 14130 used the Neil Brown Mk3 CTD and are called subaccession A

Sensor Serial Number Last calibration date Comments
Neil Brown Mk3 CTD unit with FSI rosette pylon 24 bottle IM960513 December 1999 Used for subaccession A deployments
Sea_Bird 911 CTD unit 09P24680-0636 No information Used for subaccession B deployments
Pylon: Sea-Bird 32 Carousel/24-bottle position 32-24680-0345 No information Used for subaccession B deployments
Chelsea Instruments Aquatracka 61/2642/003 No information Used for subaccession A deployments
Chelsea MKII Alphatracka 25cm path Transmissometer 161047 No information Used for subaccession B deployments
Chelsea MKIII Aquatracka Fluorimeter 88-2360-108 No information Used on both A and B deployments
Pascal Oxygen Sensor No information No information Used for subaccession A deployments
Sea-Bird SBE 43B dissolved oxygen sensor 43B-0008 No information Used for subaccession B deployments
Primary Premium Temperature Sensor 3P 03P-4107 No information Used for subaccession B deployments
Primary Conductivity Sensor 4C 04C-2573 No information Used for subaccession B deployments
Digiquartz Temperature Compensated Pressure Sensor 83008 No information Used for subaccession B deployments

Sea-Bird Electronics SBE 911 and SBE 917 series CTD profilers

The SBE 911 and SBE 917 series of conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) units are used to collect hydrographic profiles, including temperature, conductivity and pressure as standard. Each profiler consists of an underwater unit and deck unit or SEARAM. Auxiliary sensors, such as fluorometers, dissolved oxygen sensors and transmissometers, and carousel water samplers are commonly added to the underwater unit.

Underwater unit

The CTD underwater unit (SBE 9 or SBE 9 plus ) comprises a protective cage (usually with a carousel water sampler), including a main pressure housing containing power supplies, acquisition electronics, telemetry circuitry, and a suite of modular sensors. The original SBE 9 incorporated Sea-Bird's standard modular SBE 3 temperature sensor and SBE 4 conductivity sensor, and a Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor. The conductivity cell was connected to a pump-fed plastic tubing circuit that could include auxiliary sensors. Each SBE 9 unit was custom built to individual specification. The SBE 9 was replaced in 1997 by an off-the-shelf version, termed the SBE 9 plus , that incorporated the SBE 3 plus (or SBE 3P) temperature sensor, SBE 4C conductivity sensor and a Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor. Sensors could be connected to a pump-fed plastic tubing circuit or stand-alone.

Temperature, conductivity and pressure sensors

The conductivity, temperature, and pressure sensors supplied with Sea-Bird CTD systems have outputs in the form of variable frequencies, which are measured using high-speed parallel counters. The resulting count totals are converted to numeric representations of the original frequencies, which bear a direct relationship to temperature, conductivity or pressure. Sampling frequencies for these sensors are typically set at 24 Hz.

The temperature sensing element is a glass-coated thermistor bead, pressure-protected inside a stainless steel tube, while the conductivity sensing element is a cylindrical, flow-through, borosilicate glass cell with three internal platinum electrodes. Thermistor resistance or conductivity cell resistance, respectively, is the controlling element in an optimized Wien Bridge oscillator circuit, which produces a frequency output that can be converted to a temperature or conductivity reading. These sensors are available with depth ratings of 6800 m (aluminium housing) or 10500 m (titanium housing). The Paroscientific Digiquartz pressure sensor comprises a quartz crystal resonator that responds to pressure-induced stress, and temperature is measured for thermal compensation of the calculated pressure.

Additional sensors

Optional sensors for dissolved oxygen, pH, light transmission, fluorescence and others do not require the very high levels of resolution needed in the primary CTD channels, nor do these sensors generally offer variable frequency outputs. Accordingly, signals from the auxiliary sensors are acquired using a conventional voltage-input multiplexed A/D converter (optional). Some Sea-Bird CTDs use a strain gauge pressure sensor (Senso-Metrics) in which case their pressure output data is in the same form as that from the auxiliary sensors as described above.

Deck unit or SEARAM

Each underwater unit is connected to a power supply and data logging system: the SBE 11 (or SBE 11 plus ) deck unit allows real-time interfacing between the deck and the underwater unit via a conductive wire, while the submersible SBE 17 (or SBE 17 plus ) SEARAM plugs directly into the underwater unit and data are downloaded on recovery of the CTD. The combination of SBE 9 and SBE 17 or SBE 11 are termed SBE 917 or SBE 911, respectively, while the combinations of SBE 9 plus and SBE 17 plus or SBE 11 plus are termed SBE 917 plus or SBE 911 plus .

Specifications

Specifications for the SBE 9 plus underwater unit are listed below:

Parameter Range Initial accuracy Resolution at 24 Hz Response time
Temperature -5 to 35°C 0.001°C 0.0002°C 0.065 sec
Conductivity 0 to 7 S m -1 0.0003 S m -1 0.00004 S m -1 0.065 sec (pumped)
Pressure 0 to full scale (1400, 2000, 4200, 6800 or 10500 m) 0.015% of full scale 0.001% of full scale 0.015 sec

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's specification sheet .

Chelsea Technologies Group Aquatracka MKIII fluorometer

The Chelsea Technologies Group Aquatracka MKIII is a logarithmic response fluorometer. Filters are available to enable the instrument to measure chlorophyll, rhodamine, fluorescein and turbidity.

It uses a pulsed (5.5 Hz) xenon light source discharging along two signal paths to eliminate variations in the flashlamp intensity. The reference path measures the intensity of the light source whilst the signal path measures the intensity of the light emitted from the specimen under test. The reference signal and the emitted light signals are then applied to a ratiometric circuit. In this circuit, the ratio of returned signal to reference signal is computed and scaled logarithmically to achieve a wide dynamic range. The logarithmic conversion accuracy is maintained at better than one percent of the reading over the full output range of the instrument.

Two variants of the instrument are available, both manufactured in titanium, capable of operating in depths from shallow water down to 2000 m and 6000 m respectively. The optical characteristics of the instrument in its different detection modes are visible below:

Excitation Chlorophyll a Rhodamine Fluorescein Turbidity
Wavelength (nm) 430 500 485 440 *
Bandwidth (nm) 105 70 22 80 *
Emission Chlorophyll a Rhodamine Fluorescein Turbidity
Wavelength (nm) 685 590 530 440 *
Bandwidth (nm) 30 45 30 80 *

* The wavelengths for the turbidity filters are customer selectable but must be in the range 400 to 700 nm. The same wavelength is used in the excitation path and the emission path.

The instrument measures chlorophyll a, rhodamine and fluorescein with a concentration range of 0.01 µg l -1 to 100 µg l -1 . The concentration range for turbidity is 0.01 to 100 FTU (other wavelengths are available on request).

The instrument accuracy is ± 0.02 µg l -1 (or ± 3% of the reading, whichever is greater) for chlorophyll a, rhodamine and fluorescein. The accuracy for turbidity, over a 0 - 10 FTU range, is ± 0.02 FTU (or ± 3% of the reading, whichever is greater).

Further details are available from the Aquatracka MKIII specification sheet .

Chelsea Technologies Group ALPHAtracka and ALPHAtracka II transmissometers

The Chelsea Technologies Group ALPHA tracka (the Mark I) and its successor, the ALPHA tracka II (the Mark II), are both accurate (< 0.3 % fullscale) transmissometers that measure the beam attenuation coefficient at 660 nm. Green (565 nm), yellow (590 nm) and blue (470 nm) wavelength variants are available on special order.

The instrument consists of a Transmitter/Reference Assembly and a Detector Assembly aligned and spaced apart by an open support frame. The housing and frame are both manufactured in titanium and are pressure rated to 6000 m depth.

The Transmitter/Reference housing is sealed by an end cap. Inside the housing an LED light source emits a collimated beam through a sealed window. The Detector housing is also sealed by an end cap. A signal photodiode is placed behind a sealed window to receive the collimated beam from the Transmitter.

The primary difference between the ALPHA tracka and ALPHA tracka II is that the Alphatracka II is implemented with surface-mount technology; this has enabled a much smaller diameter pressure housing to be used while retaining exactly the same optical train as in the Mark I. Data from the Mark II version are thus fully compatible with that already obtained with the Mark I. The performance of the Mark II is further enhanced by two electronic developments from Chelsea Technologies Group - firstly, all items are locked in a signal nulling loop of near infinite gain and, secondly, the signal output linearity is inherently defined by digital circuitry only.

Among other advantages noted above, these features ensure that the optical intensity of the Mark II, indicated by the output voltage, is accurately represented by a straight line interpolation between a reading near full-scale under known conditions and a zero reading when blanked off.

For optimum measurements in a wide range of environmental conditions, the Mark I and Mark II are available in 5 cm, 10 cm and 25 cm path length versions. Output is default factory set to 2.5 volts but can be adjusted to 5 volts on request.

Further details about the Mark II instrument are available from the Chelsea Technologies Group ALPHA tracka II specification sheet .

Paroscientific Absolute Pressure Transducers Series 3000 and 4000

Paroscientific Series 3000 and 4000 pressure transducers use a Digiquartz pressure sensor to provide high accuracy and precision data. The sensor comprises a quartz crystal resonator that responds to pressure-induced stress, and temperature is measured for thermal compensation of the calculated pressure.

The 3000 series of transducers includes one model, the 31K-101, whereas the 4000 series includes several models, listed in the table below. All transducers exhibit repeatability of better than ±0.01% full pressure scale, hysteresis of better than ±0.02% full scale and acceleration sensitivity of ±0.008% full scale /g (three axis average). Pressure resolution is better than 0.0001% and accuracy is typically 0.01% over a broad range of temperatures.

Differences between the models lie in their pressure and operating temperature ranges, as detailed below:

Model Max. pressure (psia) Max. pressure (MPa) Temperature range (°C)
31K-101 1000 6.9 -54 to 107
42K-101 2000 13.8 0 to 125
43K-101 3000 20.7 0 to 125
46K-101 6000 41.4 0 to 125
410K-101 10000 68.9 0 to 125
415K-101 15000 103 0 to 50
420K-101 20000 138 0 to 50
430K-101 30000 207 0 to 50
440K-101 40000 276 0 to 50

Further details can be found in the manufacturer's specification sheet .

BODC Processing

The CTD data were supplied to BODC in 156 PStar files and converted to the BODC internal format, a netCDF subset.

During transfer the originator's variables were mapped to unique BODC parameter codes. The following table shows the parameter mapping. During the cruise, two separate CTD rigs were employed for different sections of the line:- a Neil Brown CTD and a Sea-Bird CTD, which in some cases had different sensors measuring the same quantity. CTD casts recorded by the Neil Brown CTD are identified as subaccession A, those recorded by the Sea-Bird CTD are subaccession B. Where the same originator's variable in the source files was recorded by different sensors on different CTD rigs (possibly resulting in a different BODC parameter mapping) this has been made clear in the table below.

Originator's variable Units Description BODC Code Units Comments
time - Time - - Not transferred - will be superseded in BODC processing
press db Pressure (spatial co-ordinate) exerted by the water body by profiling pressure sensor and corrected to read zero at sea level. PRESPR01 db -
temp °C Temperature of the water body by CTD or STD TEMPST01 °C -
cond Subacc A: mmho/cm
Subacc B: mS/cm
Electrical conductivity of the water body by CTD CNDCST01 S/m cond divided by 10 for subacc A and B
salinity psu Practical salinity of the water body by CTD and computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm PSALST01 Dimensionless -
fluor Subacc A: mg/m 3
Subacc B: volts
Subacc A: Concentration of chlorophyll-a {chl-a} per unit volume of the water body [particulate >unknown phase] by in-situ chlorophyll fluorometer
Subacc B: Instrument output (voltage) by in-situ Aquatracka chlorophyll fluorometer
Subacc A: CPHLPR01
Subacc B: FVLTAQ01
Subacc A: mg/m 3
Subacc B: Volts
-
tran Subacc A: percent
Subacc B: volts
Subacc A: Transmittance (red light wavelength) per 25cm of the water body by 25cm path length red light transmissometer
Subacc B: Instrument output (voltage) by 25cm path length red light transmissometer
Subacc A: POPTDR01
Subacc B: TVLTDR01
Subacc A: percent
Subacc B: volts
-
oxygen Subacc A: µmol/l
Subacc B: ml/l
Concentration of oxygen {O2} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by in-situ sensor DOXYZZ01 Micromoles per litre Unit conversion handled automatically by transfer for both subaccessions
- - Saturation of oxygen {O2} in the water body OXYSSC01 % Calculated by the BODC transfer
- - Potential temperature of the water body by computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm POTMCV01 Degrees Celsius Calculated by the BODC transfer
- - Sigma-theta of the water body by CTD and computation from salinity and potential temperature using UNESCO algorithm SIGTPR01 Kilograms per cubic metre Calculated by the BODC transfer

Following transfer the data were screened using BODC in-house visualisation software. A small number of suspect data values were identified during screening and assigned a BODC data quality flag.

Originator's Data Processing

Sampling strategy

The FISHES 2001 (DI253) cruise repeated the occupation of a number of hydrographic lines between Scotland and Iceland and carried out detailed multidisciplinary surveys of the northern ends of the Iceland Basin (including the Iceland Faeroes Front - IFF) and Rockall Trough to resolve both basin- and meso-scale physical, chemical and biological structure. In total, 156 CTD casts were completed.

Data Acquisition and Initial Processing

The data were processed using PEXEC (pstar) routines. Further details on the processing can be found in the cruise report . The data were calibrated post-cruise.

The processed data, together with the raw Sea-Bird, configuration and bottle files, were supplied to BODC for banking.


Project Information


No Project Information held for the Series

Data Activity or Cruise Information

Cruise

Cruise Name D253
Departure Date 2001-05-04
Arrival Date 2001-06-20
Principal Scientist(s)John T Allen (Southampton Oceanography Centre)
Ship RRS Discovery

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here


Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameExtended Ellett Line
CategoryOffshore route/traverse

Extended Ellett Line

The Extended Ellett Line is a hydrographic transect consisting of 64 individual fixed stations which have been occupied, typically on an annual basis, since September 1996. The Line runs from the south of Iceland, across the Iceland Basin to the outcrop of Rockall, and across the Rockall Trough to the north west coast of Scotland (see map). CTD dips and associated water sampling for the analysis of nutrients are routinely performed during each station occupation.

The Extended Ellett Line augments the original Ellett Line time series - a shorter repeated transect which encompassed those stations between Rockall and Scotland. Work on the Ellett Line was typically carried out at least once a year between 1975 and 1996.

Map of standard stations (1996-present)

BODC image

Map produced using the GEBCO Digital Atlas

The white triangles indicate the nominal positions of the Extended Ellett Line stations visited since September 1996. Measurements made along the Extended Ellett Line lie within a box bounded by co-ordinates 56° N, 21° W at the south west corner and 65° N, 6° W at the north east corner.

Nominal Extended Ellett Line stations (September 1996-present)

Listed below are nominal details of the standard hydrographic stations that form the Extended Ellett Line. The majority of these stations have been sampled since the outset, although several have been added more recently.

Station Latitude Longitude Depth Range
IB23S 63.318 N 20.210 W 125 m -
IB22S 63.217 N 20.067 W 660 m 0.0 nm
IB21S 63.133 N 19.917 W 1030 m 6.5 nm
IB20S 62.917 N 19.550 W 1415 m 16.4 nm
IB19S 62.667 N 19.667 W 1500 m 16.0 nm
IB18S 62.333 N 19.833 W 1800 m 16.0 nm
IB17 62.000 N 20.000 W 1700 m 20.6 nm
IB16A 61.750 N 20.000 W 1797 m -
IB16 61.500 N 20.000 W 2000 m 30.1 nm
IB15 61.250 N 20.000 W 2375 m 15.0 nm
IB14 61.000 N 20.000 W 2400 m 15.0 nm
IB13A 60.750 N 20.000 W 2500 m -
IB13 60.500 N 20.000 W 2500 m 30.1 nm
IB12A 60.250 N 20.000 W 2600 m -
IB12 60.000 N 20.000 W 2700 m 30.1 nm
IB11A 59.833 N 19.500 W 2700 m -
IB11 59.667 N 19.117 W 2680 m 33.3 nm
IB10 59.400 N 18.417 W 2420 m 26.7 nm
IB9 59.333 N 18.233 W 1910 m 6.9 nm
IB8 59.200 N 17.883 W 1540 m 13.4 nm
IB7 59.117 N 17.667 W 1000 m 8.3 nm
IB6 58.950 N 17.183 W 850 m 18.0 nm
IB5 58.883 N 17.000 W 1150 m 7.0 nm
IB4A 58.667 N 16.500 W 1170 m -
IB4 58.500 N 16.000 W 1210 m 38.8 nm
IB3 58.250 N 15.333 W 680 m 25.8 nm
IB2 57.950 N 14.583 W 480 m 29.9 nm
IB1 57.667 N 13.900 W 160 m 27.7 nm
A 57.583 N 13.633 W 130 m 10.0 nm
B 57.567 N 13.333 W 210 m 9.7 nm
C 57.550 N 13.000 W 330 m 10.8 nm
D 57.542 N 12.867 W 1000 m 4.3 nm
E 57.533 N 12.633 W 1658 m 7.6 nm
F 57.508 N 12.250 W 1817 m 12.5 nm
G 57.492 N 11.850 W 1812 m 13.0 nm
H 57.483 N 11.533 W 2020 m 10.3 nm
I 57.467 N 11.317 W 750 m 7.0 nm
J 57.450 N 11.083 W 550 m 7.6 nm
K 57.400 N 10.867 W 850 m 7.6 nm
L 57.367 N 10.667 W 2076 m 6.8 nm
M 57.300 N 10.383 W 2340 m 10.1 nm
N 57.233 N 10.050 W 2100 m 11.5 nm
O 57.150 N 9.700 W 1900 m 12.4 nm
P 57.100 N 9.417 W 1050 m 9.7 nm
Q 57.050 N 9.217 W 350 m 7.2 nm
Q1 57.075 N 9.317 W 800 m -
R 57.000 N 9.000 W 135 m 7.7 nm
S 56.950 N 8.783 W 125 m 7.7 nm
15G 56.883 N 8.500 W 125 m 10.1 nm
T 56.837 N 8.333 W 120 m 6.1 nm
14G 56.808 N 8.167 W 115 m 5.7 nm
13G 56.783 N 8.000 W 110 m 5.7 nm
12G 56.758 N 7.833 W 80 m 5.7 nm
11G 56.733 N 7.667 W 55 m 5.7 nm
10G 56.733 N 7.500 W 220 m 5.5 nm
9G 56.733 N 7.333 W 160 m 5.5 nm
8G 56.733 N 7.167 W 175 m 5.5 nm
7G 56.733 N 7.000 W 145 m 5.5 nm
6G 56.733 N 6.750 W 35 m 8.2 nm
5G 56.733 N 6.600 W 75 m 4.9 nm
4G 56.733 N 6.450 W 115 m 4.9 nm
3G 56.708 N 6.367 W 75 m 3.1 nm
2G 56.683 N 6.283 W 40 m 3.2 nm
1G 56.667 N 6.133 W 190 m 5.0 nm

Occupations of the Extended Ellett Line (September 1996-present)

BODC Cruise Identifier Cruise Dates Ship
D223A 28 September-21 October 1996 RRS Discovery
D230 7 August-17 September 1997 RRS Discovery
D233 23 April-1 June 1998 RRS Discovery
D242 7 September-6 October 1999 RRS Discovery
D245 * 27 January-20 February 2000 RRS Discovery
0700S * 8-22 May 2000 FRV Scotia
D253 4 May-20 June 2001 RRS Discovery
0703S * 15 April-5 May 2003 FRV Scotia
PO300_2 * 19 July-6 August 2003 RRS Poseidon
PO314 11 July-23 July 2004 RV Poseidon
CD176 6 October-1 November 2005 RRS Charles Darwin
D312 11-31 October 2006 RRS Discovery
D321A 24 July-23 August 2007 RRS Discovery
D321B 24 August-9 September 2007 RRS Discovery
0508S * 6-25 May 2008 FRV Scotia
D340A 10-25 June 2009 RRS Discovery
D351 10-28 May 2010 RRS Discovery
D365 13 May-02 June 2011 RRS Discovery
D379 31 July-17 August 2012 RRS Discovery
JC086 6-26 May 2013 RRS James Cook
JR302 6 June-22 July 2014 RRS James Clark Ross
DY031 29 May- 17 June 2015 RRS Discovery
DY052 7-24 June 2016 RRS Discovery
DY078 6-28 May 2017 RRS Discovery

* These cruises only surveyed the original hydrographic section between Scotland and Rockall.

Other Series linked to this Fixed Station for this cruise - 670458 670471 670483 670495 670502 670514 670526 670538 670551 670563 670575 670587 670599 670606 670618 670631 670643 670655 670667 670815 676779 676780 676792 676811 676823 676835 676847 676859 676860 676872 676884 676896 676903 676915 676939 676940 676952 676964 1220848 1220861

Other Cruises linked to this Fixed Station (with the number of series) - 0508S (58) 0700S (30) 0703S (20) CD176 (40) D223A (22) D230 (65) D233 (49) D242 (89) D245 (25) D312 (51) D321 (D321A) (7) D321B (41) D340A (58) D351 (23) D365 (55) D379 (64) DY052 (144) JC086 (59) JR20140531 (JR302) (75) PO300_2 (31) PO314 (53)

Fixed Station Information

Station NameEllett Line/Extended Ellett Line Station E
CategoryOffshore location
Latitude57° 31.98' N
Longitude12° 37.98' W
Water depth below MSL1658.0 m

Ellett Line/Extended Ellett Line: Station E

Station E is one of the fixed CTD stations, which together form The Extended Ellett Line. The line lies between Iceland and the Sound of Mull (Scotland) crossing the Iceland Basin and Rockall Trough via the outcrop of Rockall. As part of this initiative, CTD dips, together with associated discrete sampling of the water column, have typically been carried out annually at this station since September 1996.

Prior to September 1996, Station E was part of a shorter repeated survey section, consisting of 35 fixed stations, known as The Ellett Line (originally termed the Anton Dohrn Seamount Section). This line incorporated those stations across the Rockall Trough and Scottish shelf between Rockall and the Sound of Mull and was visited at regular intervals (usually at least once a year) between 1975 and January 1996.

Other Cruises linked to this Fixed Station (with the number of series) - 0508S (2) 0700S (2) 0703S (1) CD176 (1) CD44 (1) CD92B (1) CH10/84 (1) CH103 (1) CH105 (1) CH10A/75 (1) CH11/77 (1) CH11/83 (1) CH112 (1) CH114 (1) CH11B/78 (1) CH120 (1) CH124 (1) CH13/77 (1) CH14 (1) CH14A/75 (1) CH15/81 (1) CH2/78 (1) CH2/84 (1) CH4/77 (1) CH4/80 (1) CH4/85 (1) CH5A/76 (1) CH6/78 (1) CH67A (1) CH6B/81 (1) CH7/80 (1) CH71A (3) CH75B (1) CH7B/82 (1) CH8/76 (1) CH8/85 (1) CH81 (1) CH9/78 (1) CH97 (1) D180 (1) D223A (1) D233 (2) D242 (2) D312 (1) D321B (1) D340A (1) D351 (1) D365 (1) D379 (1) DY031 (2) DY052 (2) JC086 (1) JR20140531 (JR302) (1) LF1/89 (1) LF2/89 (1) PO300_2 (1) PO314 (1)

Fixed Station Information

Station NameEllett Line
CategoryOffshore route/traverse

Ellett Line

The Ellett Line is a hydrographic transect consisting of 35 individual fixed stations which were occupied, usually at least once a year, between 1975 and 1996. The time series is named after the scientist David Ellett, who coordinated the survey work at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory (DML), near Oban. The transect ran between the north west coast of Scotland to the small outcrop of Rockall, via the Anton Dohrn Seamount - a prominent bathymetric feature in the Rockall Trough (see map). STD/CTD dips and associated water sampling for the analysis of nutrients were routinely performed during each station occupation.

In 1996 the transect was lengthened to incorporate new additional fixed stations crossing the Iceland Basin from Rockall to Iceland. This transect, which is still routinely occupied annually, is now known as the Extended Ellett Line and is a collaborative effort between scientists at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory and the Southampton site of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Map of standard stations (1975-1996)

BODC image

Map produced using the GEBCO Digital Atlas

The white triangles indicate the nominal positions of the Ellett Line stations (1975- 1996). Measurements made along the Ellett Line lie within a box bounded by co-ordinates 56° 40.02' N, 13° 42.0' W at the south west corner and 57° 37.2' N, 6° 7.98' W at the north east corner.

Nominal Ellett Line stations (1975-1996)

Listed below are nominal details of the standard hydrographic stations that formed the Ellett Line between 1975 and January 1996.

Station Latitude Longitude Depth Range
A 57.583 N 13.633 W 130 m 10.0 nm
B 57.567 N 13.333 W 210 m 9.7 nm
C 57.550 N 13.000 W 330 m 10.8 nm
D 57.542 N 12.867 W 1000 m 4.3 nm
E 57.533 N 12.633 W 1658 m 7.6 nm
F 57.508 N 12.250 W 1817 m 12.5 nm
G 57.492 N 11.850 W 1812 m 13.0 nm
H 57.483 N 11.533 W 2020 m 10.3 nm
I 57.467 N 11.317 W 750 m 7.0 nm
J 57.450 N 11.083 W 550 m 7.6 nm
K 57.400 N 10.867 W 850 m 7.6 nm
L 57.367 N 10.667 W 2076 m 6.8 nm
M 57.300 N 10.383 W 2340 m 10.1 nm
N 57.233 N 10.050 W 2100 m 11.5 nm
O 57.150 N 9.700 W 1900 m 12.4 nm
P 57.100 N 9.417 W 1050 m 9.7 nm
Q 57.050 N 9.217 W 350 m 7.2 nm
R 57.000 N 9.000 W 135 m 7.7 nm
S 56.950 N 8.783 W 125 m 7.7 nm
15G 56.883 N 8.500 W 125 m 10.1 nm
T 56.837 N 8.333 W 120 m 6.1 nm
14G 56.808 N 8.167 W 115 m 5.7 nm
13G 56.783 N 8.000 W 110 m 5.7 nm
12G 56.758 N 7.833 W 80 m 5.7 nm
11G 56.733 N 7.667 W 55 m 5.7 nm
10G 56.733 N 7.500 W 220 m 5.5 nm
9G 56.733 N 7.333 W 160 m 5.5 nm
8G 56.733 N 7.167 W 175 m 5.5 nm
7G 56.733 N 7.000 W 145 m 5.5 nm
6G 56.733 N 6.750 W 35 m 8.2 nm
5G 56.733 N 6.600 W 75 m 4.9 nm
4G 56.733 N 6.450 W 115 m 4.9 nm
3G 56.708 N 6.367 W 75 m 3.1 nm
2G 56.683 N 6.283 W 40 m 3.2 nm
1G 56.667 N 6.133 W 190 m 5.0 nm

History of Ellett Line occupations (1975-January 1996)

BODC Cruise Identifier Cruise Dates Ship
CH3/75 4-13 March 1975 RRS Challenger
CH7A/75 1-6 May 1975 RRS Challenger
CH10A/75 4-10 July 1975 RRS Challenger
CH12A/75 26 August-2 September 1975 RRS Challenger
CH14A/75 7-12 November 1975 RRS Challenger
CH5A/76 29 March-5 April 1976 RRS Challenger
CH8/76 19 May-1 June 1976 RRS Challenger
CH12/76 4-15 August 1976 RRS Challenger
CH15/76 7-16 October 1976 RRS Challenger
CH17/76 7-20 December 1976 RRS Challenger
CH4/77 25 February-11 March 1977 RRS Challenger
CH6B/77 14-19 April 1977 RRS Challenger
CH10/77 29 June-10 July 1977 RRS Challenger
CH11/77 12-26 July 1977 RRS Challenger
CH13/77 20 August-3 September 1977 RRS Challenger
CH2/78 30 January-13 February 1978 RRS Challenger
CH6/78 11-21 April 1978 RRS Challenger
CH9/78 31 May-10 June 1978 RRS Challenger
CH11B/78 29 July-12 August 1978 RRS Challenger
CH11D/78 3-17 September 1978 RRS Challenger
CH14B/78 4-11 November 1978 RRS Challenger
CH7/79 10-23 May 1979 RRS Challenger
S5/79 19 June-2 July 1979 RRS Shackleton
CH13/79 11-16 September 1979 RRS Challenger
CH16/79 28 October-11 November 1979 RRS Challenger
CH4/80 26 February-7 March 1980 RRS Challenger
CH7/80 21 April-6 May 1980 RRS Challenger
CH2/81 26 January-4 February 1981 RRS Challenger
CH6A/81 CH6B/81 6-25 April 1981 RRS Challenger
CH10/81 4-14 July 1981 RRS Challenger
CH15/81 6-20 October 1981 RRS Challenger
CH7A/82 CH7B/82 26 April-16 May 1982 RRS Challenger
CH15/82 16-30 October 1982 RRS Challenger
CH7B/83 23 May-2 June 1983 RRS Challenger
CH11/83 10-24 August 1983 RRS Challenger
CH2/84 23 June-8 July 1984 RRS Challenger
CH10/84 16 November-6 December 1984 RRS Challenger
CH1/85 20 January-5 February 1985 RRS Challenger
CH4/85 2-16 May 1985 RRS Challenger
CH8/85 14-28 August 1985 RRS Challenger
CH9 8-22 January 1987 RRS Challenger
CH14 24 April-7 May 1987 RRS Challenger
CH22 23 November-5 December 1987 RRS Challenger
CH25 24 February-7 March 1988 RRS Challenger
CH30 6-23 June 1988 RRS Challenger
D180 20 January-4 February 1989 RRS Discovery
LF1/89 5-11 May 1989 RV Lough Foyle
LF2/89 4-10 August 1989 RV Lough Foyle
CD44 24 November-2 December 1989 RRS Charles Darwin
CH67A 21-29 June 1990 RRS Challenger
CH71A 29 August-5 September 1990 RRS Challenger
CH75B 23 February-3 March 1991 RRS Challenger
CH81 1-8 July 1991 RRS Challenger
CH97 25 September-6 October 1992 RRS Challenger
CH101B 13-20 March 1993 RRS Challenger
CH103 12-24 May 1993 RRS Challenger
CH105 3-16 September 1993 RRS Challenger
CH110 10-20 March 1994 RRS Challenger
CH112 28 April-13 May 1994 RRS Challenger
CH114 15-29 August 1994 RRS Challenger
CH116 17-29 November 1994 RRS Challenger
CD92B 13 April-2 May 1995 RRS Charles Darwin
CH120 18 July-6 August 1995 RRS Challenger
CH124 8-27 January 1996 RRS Challenger

Other Series linked to this Fixed Station for this cruise - 670458 676779 676780 676792 676811 676823 676835 676847 676859 676860 676872 676884 676896 676903 676915 676939 676940 676952 676964 1220848 1220861

Other Cruises linked to this Fixed Station (with the number of series) - 0508S (58) 0700S (30) 0703S (20) CD176 (32) CD44 (34) CD92B (47) CH1/85 (19) CH10/77 (3) CH10/81 (21) CH10/84 (22) CH101B (13) CH103 (37) CH105 (34) CH10A/75 (15) CH11/77 (28) CH11/83 (35) CH110 (19) CH112 (35) CH114 (31) CH116 (25) CH11B/78 (26) CH11D/78 (14) CH120 (28) CH124 (46) CH12A/75 (3) CH13/77 (19) CH13/79 (17) CH14 (29) CH14A/75 (21) CH14B/78 (17) CH15/80 (8) CH15/81 (16) CH16/79 (13) CH2/78 (32) CH2/81 (13) CH2/82 (4) CH2/84 (29) CH22 (14) CH25 (18) CH3/83 (1) CH30 (23) CH4/77 (19) CH4/80 (29) CH4/85 (30) CH5A/76 (18) CH6/78 (25) CH63_2 (5) CH67A (27) CH6A/81 (14) CH6B/77 (24) CH6B/81 (20) CH7/79 (18) CH7/80 (16) CH71A (32) CH74A_1 (13) CH75B (31) CH7A/75 (24) CH7A/82 (24) CH7B/82 (13) CH7B/83 (29) CH8/76 (27) CH8/85 (30) CH81 (30) CH86B (8) CH89B (9) CH9 (25) CH9/78 (22) CH97 (30) CH9B/80 (10) D180 (30) D223A (22) D230 (21) D233 (20) D242 (45) D245 (25) D312 (34) D321B (28) D340A (34) D351 (34) D365 (55) D379 (36) DSK1/86 (10) DY052 (74) FR13/85 (12) FR13/87 (2) FR14B/87 (2) FR18/87 (11) FR7B/86 (6) FR8/86 (13) JC086 (35) JR20140531 (JR302) (37) LF1/89 (29) LF2/89 (30) PO300_2 (31) PO314 (30) S5/79 (8)


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