Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 79955
No Problem Report Found in the Database
Public domain data
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"This study uses data from the data source/organisation/programme, provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre and funded by the funding body."
Bissett-Berman 9060 Salinity Temperature and Depth
The B-B 9060 STD measured salinity, temperature and depth and whose analogue output was in graphical form. The plots created were of salinity and temperature versus depth which had to be manually digitised.
RRS Discovery Cruise 26 STD Data Documentation
Documentation for STD data collected on RRS Discovery Cruise 26 (April - May 1969) by the Department of Oceanography, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K., under the direction of P. Hughes.
The instrument used was the University of Liverpool Bissett Berman Salinity-Temperature-Depth system type 9006.
Sampling and Data Processing
The data output from each STD lowering and raising was automatically recorded in analogue form as plots of salinity and temperature against depth.In the near surface layers spiking due to the differing response times of the temperature and conductivity sensors created a problem in interpreting the salinity profiles. The salinity profiles recorded by the STD system were subject to spiking errors towards low salinity during lowering and towards high salinity during raising. A satisfactory method of eliminating the salinity errors was obtained by superimposing the analogue traces recorded during the lowering and the raising of the STD probe and manually bisecting the resulting envelopes of salinity and temperature. The derived profiles were then digitized at depth intervals of 3m down to a depth of 300m. Below 300m digitisation was on the basis of 2 values every 15m (i.e. 307m, 315m, 322m, 330m, 337m, etc.). Exceptions to this scheme are given below:
|RRS Discovery Station No.||Digitisation scheme|
|6896||every 3m to 600m, every 15m thereafter|
|6898||2m, 5m, 7m, 10m, 12m, 15m, etc.|
|6905||every 15m to 600m, every 30m thereafter|
|6908 - 6912, 6962 - 6966||every 1m|
|6917, 6983, 6984, 6997||every 3m to 300m, every 15m thereafter|
|6930, 6947, 6958||every 6m to 600m, every 30m thereafter|
|6967||every 1m to 100m, every 3m from 100m to 300m, then 307m, 315m, 322m 330m 337m, etc.|
|6969, 6971, 6982, 6998||every 3m to 300m, then 307m, 315m, 322m, 330m, 337m, etc. until 750m, every 15m thereafter|
|6981||7m, 15m, 22m, 30m, 37m, etc.|
The STD casts were usually to a depth of 500m - 750m, but stations 6905, 6917, 6930 and 6947 went to a depth of 1500m - 2000m. A Dahn buoy was laid at station 6970, in 746m of water, and the STD was lowered to 300m every 30 minutes over a period of 2 days whilst the ship maintained its position. Only the first downcast is included in this dataset. A similar exercise was carried out at station 6985, with lowerings to within 5m of the sea bed, but these data have not been included. The absolute accuracies of the temperature and salinity measurements were checked by comparison with a series of temperature measurements and salinity samples obtained with reversing thermometers and Niskin bottles over the course of the cruise.
RRS Discovery Cruise 26, 3 April - 9 May 1969.
Physical and chemical study of the upwelling area off north-west Africa. National Institute of Oceanography Cruise Report No. 26. 6pp.
No Project Information held for the Series
|Principal Scientist(s)||Kenneth F Bowden (University of Liverpool Department of Oceanography)|
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|