Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 87979
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."
Neil Brown MK3 CTD
The Neil Brown MK3 conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profiler consists of an integral unit containing pressure, temperature and conductivity sensors with an optional dissolved oxygen sensor in a pressure-hardened casing. The most widely used variant in the 1980s and 1990s was the MK3B. An upgrade to this, the MK3C, was developed to meet the requirements of the WOCE project.
The MK3C includes a low hysteresis, titanium strain gauge pressure transducer. The transducer temperature is measured separately, allowing correction for the effects of temperature on pressure measurements. The MK3C conductivity cell features a free flow, internal field design that eliminates ducted pumping and is not affected by external metallic objects such as guard cages and external sensors.
Additional optional sensors include pH and a pressure-temperature fluorometer. The instrument is no longer in production, but is supported (repair and calibration) by General Oceanics.
These specification apply to the MK3C version.
3200 m (optional)
|-3 to 32°C||1 to 6.5 S cm-1|
0.03% FS < 1 msec
0.003°C < 30 msec
0.0001 S cm-1
0.0003 S cm-1 < 30 msec
Further details can be found in the specification sheet.
RRS Shackleton 7/75 CTD Data Documentation
Documentation for CTD data collected on RRS Shackleton Cruise 7/75 (July-August 1975) by the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Deacon Laboratory, Godalming, Surrey, U.K., under the direction of J. Swallow.
Instrumentation and Protocols
The instrument used was a Neil Brown Instrument Systems CTD which measured pressure, temperature and conductivity. Up to 12 water bottles were put on the wire during the CTD lowering, to provide calibration values and some back-up station data. The output was recorded on magnetic tape and values logged by hand at 100db intervals. Lowering and retrieval rates of 0.5 to 1.5 m/s were employed and the sensors were flushed with distilled water on recovery. The sea water samples were analysed using a Guildline Autolab Salinometer. Reversing thermometers were calibrated before and after the cruise.
In-situ calibration was possible by comparison between the CTD and the pressure determined from pairs of reversing thermometers (protected and unprotected).
In-situ calibration was possible by comparing of the CTD temperatures and reversing thermometers separating the deep and shallow measurements.
The salinity data were calibrated using one set of calibration constants for the entire leg of the cruise. These were determined from 10 water samples on each station.
Original values were averaged over an interval of one second and calibration coefficients and correction factors applied. A time constant correction algorithm was employed to compensate for the slower response of the platinum resistance thermometer. Differences between successive values of each parameter were examined; the mean difference and its standard deviation calculated and values greater than several standard deviations from the mean difference were checked. Genuinely suspect data were then replaced by interpolated values. Derived quantities were computed from algorithms published by Fofonoff et al (1974). The data have been averaged to give 1 value approximately every decibar.
RRS Shackleton Cruise 7/75, 21 July - 14 August 1975
Current Measurements and Hydrographic Stations between Seychelles, Madagascar and East Africa. Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Cruise Report No. 37. 1975.
Fofonoff, N.P., Hayes, S.P. and Millard Jr., R.C. 1974.
WHOI/Brown CTD microprofiler: methods of calibration and data handling. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI-74-89.
No Project Information held for the Series
|Principal Scientist(s)||John C Swallow (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley 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|