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Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 750796

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category CTD or STD cast
Instrument Type
Valeport CTD 604  CTD; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor
Instrument Mounting research vessel
Originating Country France
Originator Dr Valerie Quiniou-Ramus
Originating Organization Total Fina (now Total S.A.)
Processing Status banked
Online delivery of data Download available - Ocean Data View (ODV) format
Project(s) SIMORC

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier 010699
BODC Series Reference 750796

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 1999-06-01 15:59
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval -

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 4.98833 S ( 4° 59.3' S )
Longitude 10.27500 E ( 10° 16.5' E )
Positional Uncertainty 0.0 to 0.01 n.miles
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Depth 0.77 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Depth 147.95 m
Minimum Sensor or Sampling Height 2495.05 m
Maximum Sensor or Sampling Height 2642.23 m
Sea Floor Depth 2643.0 m
Sea Floor Depth Source -
Sensor or Sampling Distribution Variable common depth - All sensors are grouped effectively at the same depth, but this depth varies significantly during the series
Sensor or Sampling Depth Datum Unspecified -
Sea Floor Depth Datum Unspecified -


BODC CODERankUnitsTitle
ACYCAA011DimensionlessSequence number
ADEPZZ011MetresDepth (spatial coordinate) relative to water surface in the water body
PSALST011DimensionlessPractical salinity of the water body by CTD and computation using UNESCO 1983 algorithm
SVELCT011Metres per secondSound velocity in the water body by CTD and computation from temperature and salinity by unspecified algorithm
TEMPST011Degrees CelsiusTemperature 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

TOTAL GABON CTD Data Quality Report

The originator did not specify whether the salinity data were calibrated or uncalibrated.

Users are advised to use only the downcast data between the 'B' and 'E' flags, as the upcast data does not have any quality control flags.

The time channel was not provided and the duration of the measurement can be estimated as 20 minutes maximum considering that the maximum depth is equal to 225 m..

Data Access Policy

SIMORC data access conditions

The data collated and held at BODC on behalf of the SIMORC project are restricted. However, the data will be available to download from the Official SIMORC Website, as part of the project protocol. The data set will initially include data from the oil companies TOTAL, Shell and BP.

Narrative Documents

Instrument Description

Valeport Self Recording CTD Model 604

CTD Unit and Auxiliary Sensors

The Valeport Model 604 CTD measures pressure, temperature, conductivity and sound speed data.

Parameter Type Range Accuracy Resolution Response time
Conductivity Pressure balanced inductive coils 0.1 to 60 mS/cm ±0.05 mS/cm 0.003 mS/cm 100 ms
Temperature Fast PRT -5 to +35 degC ± 0.02 degC 0.002 degC 100 ms (60 ms without guard)
Temperature [optional] Slow PRT -5 to +35 degC ±0.02 degC 0.002 degC 250 ms
Pressure Strain Gauge 1000, 2000 or 3000 dBar ±0.1% FS 0.005% FS 20 ms
Salinity Derived [SAL78]   ±0.07 PSU 0.003 PSU  
Speed of Sound Derived [user selectable formula]   ± 0.25 m/s 0.02 m/s  
Density Anomaly Gamma Derived [EOS80]   ±00.06 kg/m3 0.01 kg/m3  

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

BODC Processing

Data were received by BODC in comma separated value ASCII format files. These were reformatted to the internal QXF format using BODC transfer function 414. 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
Temp degrees Celsius   TEMPST01 degrees Celsius  
Press/Depth *   ADEPZZ01 m  
Salinity PSU   PSALST01 PSU  
Velocity m.s-1 sound velocity SVELCT01 m.s-1  

* The originator was not clear whether this measurement is pressure (db) or depth (m). The equation used to calculate the sound velocity (Medwin's formula) required depth in meters.

Approximate water depths were taken from the General Bathymetric Chart of Oceans (GEBCO), as they were not provided by the originator.

Following transfer to QXF, the data were screened using BODC's in-house visualisation software, EDSERPLO.

For all the series and in all the channels, the downcast was delimited by flagging 'B' the beginning of the down cast and 'E' the end of the down cast.

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:

  • Irregularities such as unfeasible values
  • Inconsistencies between related information, for example:
    • Times for instrument deployment and for start/end of data series
    • Length of record and the number of data cycles/cycle interval
    • Parameters expected and the parameters actually present in the data cycles
  • Originator's comments on meter/mooring performance and data quality

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:

  • Spurious data at the start or end of the record.
  • Obvious spikes occurring in periods free from meteorological disturbance.
  • A sequence of constant values in consecutive data cycles.

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:

  • Maximum and minimum values of parameters (spikes excluded).
  • The occurrence of meteorological events.

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

System of Industry Metocean data for the Offshore and Research Communities (SIMORC)

The EU-funded SIMORC project is a collaborative effort between MARIS (Netherlands), BODC (UK), the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) and IOC-IODE to provide a harmonised and quality controlled metocean data set from data collected by oil and gas producers, accessible through the SIMORC protocol.

Data Activity or Cruise Information


Cruise Name GecoTriton_1999
Departure Date 1999-03-31
Arrival Date 1999-09-30
Principal Scientist(s)
Ship Geco Triton

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
B nominal value
Q value below limit of quantification