Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 713012

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category CTD or STD cast
Instrument Type
Sea-Bird SBE 13 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor  dissolved gas sensors
Sea-Bird SBE 911plus CTD  CTD; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor
Seapoint chlorophyll fluorometer  fluorometers
WETLabs C-Star transmissometer  transmissometers
Instrument Mounting research vessel
Originating Country United Kingdom
Originator Ms Sarah Hughes
Originating Organization Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory (now Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Processing Status banked
Project(s) -

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier SC14/05/398
BODC Series Reference 713012

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2005-10-02 20:15
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval 1.0 decibars

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 61.35983 N ( 61° 21.6' N )
Longitude 3.13250 W ( 3° 7.9' W )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor Depth 0.99 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 1311.16 m
Minimum Sensor Height 33.83 m
Maximum Sensor Height 1344.01 m
Sea Floor Depth 1345.0 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
ATTNZS01 1 per metre RedPWCorr Attenuation (red light wavelength) per unit length of the water body by WET Labs transmissometer and calibration to read zero in clear water
CNDCST01 1 Siemens per metre CTDCond Electrical conductivity of the water body by CTD
CPHLPM01 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water_ISfluor_manufctrcal_sensor1 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 and manufacturer's calibration applied
CPHLPS01 1 Milligrams per cubic metre chl-a_water_ISfluor_sampcal 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 and calibration against sample data
DOXYPR01 1 Micromoles per litre WC_dissO2 Concentration of oxygen {O2 CAS 7782-44-7} per unit volume of the water body [dissolved plus reactive particulate phase] by in-situ Beckmann probe
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
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 Electronics SBE13 Dissolved Oxygen Sensor

The SBE 13 was designed as an auxiliary sensor for Sea Bird SBE 9plus, but can fitted in custom instrumentation applications. When used with the SBE 9 Underwater Unit, a flow-through plenum improves the data quality, as the pumping water over the sensor membrane reduces the errors caused by oxygen depletion during the periods of slow or intermittent flushing and also reduces exposure to biofouling.

The output voltage is proportional to membrane current (oxygen current) and to the sensor element's membrane temperature (oxygen temperature), which is used for internal temperature compensation.

Two versions of the SBE 13 are available: the SBE 13Y uses a YSI polarographic element with replaceable membranes to provide in situ measurements up to 2000 m depth and the SBE 13B uses a Beckman polarographic element to provide in situ measurements up to 10500 m depth, depending on the sensor casing. This sensor includes a replaceable sealed electrolyte membrane cartridge.

The SBE 13 instrument has been out of production since 2001 and has been superseded by the SBE 43.


Measurement range 0 to 15 mL L -1
Accuracy 0.1 mL L -1
Time response

2 s at 25°C

5 s at 0°C

Depth range

2000 m (SBE 13Y- housing in anodized aluminum)

6800 m (SBE 13B- housing in anodized aluminum)

105000 m (SBE 13B- housing in titanium)

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

Instrument Description

CTD Unit and Auxiliary Sensors

A Sea-Bird Electronics SBE911plus CTD unit was used. The CTD unit included the following sensors.

Sensor Manufacturer Serial number Calibration date
Pressure Sea-Bird 64240 2000-10-26
Temperature Sea-Bird 2041 2005-02-08
Conductivity Sea-Bird 1615 2005-02-08
Temperature Sea-Bird 2105 2005-02-08
Conductivity Sea-Bird 1669 2005-02-08
Oxygen Sea-Bird 0504 2003-08-05
ECO_FL Fluorometer Wet Labs FLRTD-064 2003-11-08
C-Star Transmissometer Wet Labs CST-704DR 2003-08-25


Independent water samples were used to calibrate the CTD conductivity and fluorescence data. The following calibration values were supplied to BODC, who applied them to the data as part of the transfer process. By applying the calibrations to the fluoresence values (V) the results are chlorophyll (a) in ug/l.

Parameter Value of m (y=mx+c) Value of c (y=mx+c) Equation
Conductivity 0.999980 0.000698 C(cal) = 0.999980C(obs) + 0.000698
Fluorescence 0.003885 -0.330175 Chl(a) = 0.003885F(V) -0.330175

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 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 .

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

WETLabs C-Star transmissometer

This instrument is designed to measure beam transmittance by submersion or with an optional flow tube for pumped applications. It can be used in profiles, moorings or as part of an underway system.

Two models are available, a 25 cm pathlength, which can be built in aluminum or co-polymer, and a 10 cm pathlength with a plastic housing. Both have an analog output, but a digital model is also available.

This instrument has been updated to provide a high resolution RS232 data output, while maintaining the same design and characteristics.


Pathlength 10 or 25 cm
Wavelength 370, 470, 530 or 660 nm

~ 20 nm for wavelengths of 470, 530 and 660 nm

~ 10 to 12 nm for a wavelength of 370 nm

Temperature error 0.02 % full scale °C -1
Temperature range 0 to 30°C
Rated depth

600 m (plastic housing)

6000 m (aluminum housing)

Further details are available in the manufacturer's specification sheet or user guide .

BODC Processing

Data were received by BODC in one ASCII format file that was subsequently split into seven separate files, one for each CTD profile. The series were reformatted to the internal QXF format using BODC transfer function 340. The following table details the mapping of variables to BODC parameter codes.

Original parameter name Original Units Description BODC Parameter Code BODC Units Comments
Pressure Decibars Pressure exerted by the water column PRESPR01 Decibars  
Temperature °C Temperature of the water column TEMPST01 °C  
Conductivity mS cm -1 Electrical conductivity of the water column CNDCST01 S m -1 Conversion by transfer (mS cm -1 x 0.1)
Salinity Dimensionless Practical salinity of the water column by CTD and computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm PSALST01 Dimensionless  
Fluorescence µg l -1 In-situ fluorescence with calibration against sample data CPHLPS01 mg m -3  
Fluorescence µg l -1 In-situ fluorescence and manufacturer's calibration applied CPHLPM01 mg m -3  
Beam attenuation m -1 Attenuance of the water column ATTNZS01 m -1  
Oxygen ml l -1 Dissolved oxygen DOXYPR01 µmol l -1 Conversion by transfer (ml l-1 x 44.6)

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 raw CTD data files were processed through the SeaBird Electronics SeaSoft data processing software following standard procedures. The originators used in-house interactive visual display editing software to edit out individual spikes in the primary temperature and conductivity channels. An ASCII file was generated for each CTD cast and all files from a cruise were concatenated into one ASCII file which was submitted to BODC.

Project Information

No Project Information held for the Series

Data Activity or Cruise Information


Cruise Name 1405S
Departure Date 2005-09-26
Arrival Date 2005-10-09
Principal Scientist(s)George Slesser (Fisheries Research Services Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Ship FRV Scotia

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here

Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameNolso - Flugga Line
CategoryOffshore route/traverse

Nolso-Flugga - Faroe-Shetland Channel section

Long term monitoring carried out by the Marine Laboratory Aberdeen began in the early 1890's by the forerunner of the laboratory, the Fishery Board of Scotland (est. 1882). The first water bottle casts were carried out during 1893 and conducted by Dr H N Dickson on board HMS Jackal. Four of these stations were to become part of the now standard Nolso-Flugga Faroe-Shetland Channel section. In addition, at positions further south, he sampled at three stations and these were to become part of the standard Fair Isle-Munken section. A full set of stations (12) were first sampled along the Nolso-Flugga line in 1903, and since then have more or less been sampled annually or more except for the war years. Since then extra stations have been added to both sections.

Map of standard stations

BODC image

Nolso-Flugga stations

Listed below are details of the standard hydrographic stations that form the Nolso-Flugga line.

Station number Station name Latitude Longitude Depth Spacing
01 NOL-01 60° 56.00' N 01° 00.00' W 110 m -
02 SEFOS 60° 58.70'N 01° 17.70' W 125 m 9.00 nm
03 SEFOS 61° 01.40' N 01° 35.40' W 155 m 8.98 nm
04 NOL-02 61° 04.00' N 01° 53.00' W 270 m 8.90 nm
05 SEFOS 61° 06.00' N 02° 01.50' W 440 m 4.56 nm
06 NOL-03 61° 08.00' N 02° 10.00' W 550 m 4.56 nm
07 SEFOS 61° 09.30' N 02° 17.50' W 630 m 3.84 nm
08 NOL-3a 61° 11.00' N 02° 25.00' W 730 m 3.99 nm
09 NOL-04 61° 14.00' N 02° 40.00' W 1080 m 7.81 nm
10 NOL-05 61° 21.00' N 03° 10.00' W 1370 m 16.00 nm
11 NOL-06 61° 28.00' N 03° 42.00' W 1235 m 16.82 nm
12 NOL-07 61° 35.00' N 04° 15.00' W 990 m 17.20 nm
13 NOL-08 61° 42.00' N 04° 51.00' W 235 m 18.45 nm
14 NOL-09 61° 49.00' N 05° 21.00' W 180 m 15.81 nm
15 NOL-10 61° 54.00' N 05° 45.00' W 290 m 12.36 nm
16 NOL-11 62° 00.00' N 06° 12.00' W 125 m 14.02 nm

Standard depths of water bottles:

5, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200. If all 12 bottles used drop 50m, 200m and 400m depths in this order

Other Series linked to this Fixed Station for this cruise - 712912 712924 712936 712948 712961 712973 712985 712997 713000 713024 713036 713048 713061 713073 713085

Other Cruises linked to this Fixed Station (with the number of series) - 0195S (9) 0512S (16) 0700S (16) 0703S (16) 0705S_1 (16) 0706S (16) 0709S (16) 1309S (16) 1312S (19) 1395S (13) 1402S (16) 1403S (16) 1506S (16) 1609S (12) 1695S (10) 1712S (16) 1802S (16) 1803S (11) 1805S (7) 1906S (14) 2302H (CIR2Y/02) (12)

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