Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 914736
No Problem Report Found in the Database
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."
Sea-Bird SBE 25 SEALOGGER CTD
The SBE 25 SEALOGGER is a research-quality CTD profiling system used for coastal, estuarine and, can also be a practical option, for deep-water work. It is easily configured in the field for a wide range of auxiliary sensors. The SEALOGGER is self-powered, requires no conductive cable, and is designed for use up to 6800 meters (10,000 psia). It uses the SBE3F temperature and SBE4 conductivity sensors as well as having an external strain gauge pressure sensor. It provides pump-controlled T-C ducted flow, samples at 8 Hz, records internally and provides simultaneous real-time data via its built-in RS-232 interface.
The standard CTD unit comes with a plastic housing (rated to 600 m), although this can be replaced by aluminium housing for depths up to 6800 m.
Range: -5 to +35 °C
Accuracy: 0.002 °C
Resolution: 0.0003 °C
Range: 0 to 7 S m-1 (0 to 70 mmho cm-1)
Accuracy: 0.0003 S m-1
Resolution: 0.00004 S m-1
|Strain gauge pressure sensor|| |
Range: 0 to 20, 100, 350, 600, 1000, 2000, 3500, 7000 metres (expressed in metres of deployment depth capability)
Accuracy: 0.1% of full scale range
Resolution: 0.015% of full scale range
Options and accessories
Additional sensors can be attached to the CTD, including:
- Dissolved Oxygen (SBE 43 DO Sensor)
- pH (SBE 18 pH Sensor or SBE 27 pH/ORP Sensor)
- radiance (PAR)
- light transmission
- optical backscatter (turbidity)
The SBE 5T titanium pump can be used in place of SBE 5P pump. Further details can be found in the manufacturer's SBE 25 instrument specification.
RV Côte D'Aquitaine
Instrumentation and Shipboard Protocols
NAOMEX 1 (BODC mnemonic NAOX1) was a University of Bordeaux cruise on the research vessel Côte d'Acquitaine. The CTD profiles were taken with the SeaBird SBE25 system fitted with a Chelsea Instruments fluorometer, a nephelometer and an oxygen membrane of the Beckman (non-pulsed) type.
The SBE25 is normally a self-logging instrument with the data downloaded onto a PC running the SeaBird DATCNV software. The raw data files are converted into ASCII files with the data in oceanographic units on the basis of coefficients held in a calibration file.
ASCII DATCNV output files were supplied to BODC.
The data as supplied had been binned to 0.25 db with temperature, practical salinity, chlorophyll (nominal units), oxygen (ml/l) and optical backscatter (nominal units).
The data were converted into the BODC internal format (PXF) to allow the use of in-house software tools, notably the workstation graphics editor. In addition to reformatting, the transfer program applied the following modifications to the data:
Dissolved oxygen was converted from ml/l to µM by multiplying the values by 44.66.
The chlorophyll was converted back to a voltage by a natural log transform to conform to the requirements of the BODC CTD data handling system. On retrieval, the data as supplied are reproduced.
Editing and Quality Control
Using a custom in-house graphics editor, the limits of the downcast were manually flagged and any obvious spikes identified were manually flagged 'suspect'.
Once screened, the CTD downcasts (between the flagged limits) were loaded into a database under the Oracle relational database management system.
The manual inspection procedures revealed that there were serious problems with the salinity data. The data were plagued by frequent oscillations with an amplitude of up to 0.5 PSU. This, combined with the fact that the calibration accuracy of the salinity is totally unknown, led to the decision to delete the entire salinity channel from the data set.
The form of the dissolved oxygen profiles, with the exception of the upper 50m of the first cast, looked perfectly reasonable. However, the absolute values were obviously seriously low with saturations of below 80% at the surface. No water bottle data were available with which to correct the CTD oxygen data. Consequently, this channel was also deleted.
No sample data were available to calibrate any of the channels. All data are therefore the result of manufacturer's calibrations of unknown date and no guarantee can be given as to the accuracy of the data.
Once all screening and calibration procedures were completed, the data set was binned to 2 db (casts deeper than 100 db) or 1 db (casts shallower than 100 db). Downcast values corresponding to the bottle firing depths were incorporated into the database.
The salinity data were subject to severe oscillations and have been deleted.
The absolute dissolved oxygen data were obviously wrong and no sample data were available for their calibration. Consequently, the oxygen data have also been deleted.
No independent checks, such as reversing thermometer data, were available for the verification of the temperature data. The accuracy of this channel is therefore unknown.
The fluorometer has not been calibrated against extracted chlorophyll data. The absolute values may therefore be meaningless.
The nephelometer data are in arbitrary units and their absolute values have no meaning.
Ocean Margin EXchange (OMEX) I
OMEX was a European multidisciplinary oceanographic research project that studied and quantified the exchange processes of carbon and associated elements between the continental shelf of western Europe and the open Atlantic Ocean. The project ran in two phases known as OMEX I (1993-1996) and OMEX II - II (1997-2000), with a bridging phase OMEX II - I (1996-1997). The project was supported by the European Union under the second and third phases of its MArine Science and Technology Programme (MAST) through contracts MAS2-CT93-0069 and MAS3-CT97-0076. It was led by Professor Roland Wollast from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and involved more than 100 scientists from 10 European countries.
The aim of the Ocean Margin EXchange (OMEX) project was to gain a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring at the ocean margins in order to quantify fluxes of energy and matter (carbon, nutrients and other trace elements) across this boundary. The research culminated in the development of quantitative budgets for the areas studied using an approach based on both field measurements and modeling.
OMEX I (1993-1996)
The first phase of OMEX was divided into sub-projects by discipline:
- Biogeochemical Cycles
- Biological Processes
- Benthic Processes
- Carbon Cycling and Biogases
This emphasises the multidisciplinary nature of the research.
The project fieldwork focussed on the region of the European Margin adjacent to the Goban Spur (off the coast of Brittany) and the shelf break off Tromsø, Norway. However, there was also data collected off the Iberian Margin and to the west of Ireland. In all a total of 57 research cruises (excluding 295 Continuous Plankton Recorder tows) were involved in the collection of OMEX I data.
Field data collected during OMEX I have been published by BODC as a CD-ROM product, entitled:
- OMEX I Project Data Set (two discs)
Further descriptions of this product and order forms may be found on the BODC web site.
The data are also held in BODC's databases and subsets may be obtained by request from BODC.
|Cruise Name||Naomex 1|
|Principal Scientist(s)||Jean-Marie Jouanneau (University of Bordeaux 1, Environnements et PalĂ©oenvironnements OcĂ©aniques et Continentaux)|
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|