Metadata Report for BODC Series Reference Number 941328

Metadata Summary

Data Description

Data Category CTD or STD cast
Instrument Type
Sea-Bird SBE 19 SEACAT CTD  CTD; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor
Instrument Mounting ship
Originating Country France
Originator Dr Valerie Quiniou-Ramus
Originating Organization Total S.A.
Processing Status QC in progress
Project(s) SIMORC

Data Identifiers

Originator's Identifier SVP18809
BODC Series Reference 941328

Time Co-ordinates(UT)

Start Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) 2009-08-18 12:44
End Time (yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm) -
Nominal Cycle Interval -

Spatial Co-ordinates

Latitude 7.53100 S ( 7° 31.9' S )
Longitude 11.19283 E ( 11° 11.6' E )
Positional Uncertainty 0.01 to 0.05 n.miles
Minimum Sensor Depth 0.0 m
Maximum Sensor Depth 2105.0 m
Minimum Sensor Height -73.0 m
Maximum Sensor Height 2032.0 m
Sea Floor Depth 2032.0 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 Mean sea level - Depth expressed relative to mean sea level as defined by the data originator
Sea Floor Depth Datum Chart reference - Depth extracted from available chart


BODC CODE Rank Units Short Title Title
ACYCAA01 1 Dimensionless Record_No Sequence number
DEPHPR01 1 Metres CmpDep Depth below surface of the water body by profiling pressure sensor and converted to seawater depth using UNESCO algorithm
SVELCT01 1 Metres per second CTD_Sound_Vel Sound velocity in the water body by CTD and computation from temperature and salinity by unspecified algorithm

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

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

Sea-Bird SBE 19 and SBE 19plus SEACAT Profiler CTDs

The SBE 19 SEACAT Profiler is a self-contained, battery powered, pumped CTD system designed to measure conductivity, temperature, and pressure in marine or fresh water environments to depths of 10,500 meters. It was replaced by the SBE 19 plus model in 2001. An updated version of this instrument is the SBE 19 plus V2, which incorporates an electronics upgrade and additional features, with six differentially amplified A/D input channels, one RS-232 data input channel, and 64 MB FLASH memory.

The standard CTD unit comes with a plastic housing (rated to 600 m), although this can be replaced by titanium housing for depths up to 7000 m. It is typically used for CTD profiling although a conversion kit is available for mooring deployments. The CTD can also be attached to an SBE 36 CTD Deck Unit and Power/Data Interface Module (PDIM) for real-time operation on single-core armored cable up to 10,000 m.


Parameter SBE 19 SBE 19 plus

Range: -5 to +35 °C

Accuracy: 0.01 °C

Resolution: 0.001 °C

Calibration: +1 to +32 °C*

Range: -5 to +35 °C

Accuracy: 0.005 °C

Resolution: 0.0001 °C

Calibration: +1 to +32 °C*


Range: 0 to 7 S m -1 (0 to 70 mmho cm -1 )

Accuracy: 0.001 S m -1

Resolution: 0.0001 S m -1

Calibration: 0 to 7 S m -1 . Physical calibration over the range 1.4 - 6 S m -1 *

Range: 0 to 9 Sm -1

Accuracy: 0.0005

Resolution: 0.00005 (most oceanic waters, resolves 0.4 ppm in salinity); 0.00007 (high salinity waters, resolves 0.4 ppm in salinity); 0.00001 (fresh waters, resolves 0.1 ppm in salinity)

Calibration: 0 to 9 S m -1 . Physical calibration over the range 1.4 - 6 S m -1 *

Strain gauge pressure sensor

Range: 0 to100, 150, 300, 500, 1000, 1500, 3000, 5000, 10000 or 15000 psia

Accuracy: 0.25% of full scale range (100 - 1500 psia); 0.15% of full scale range (3000 - 15000 psia)

Resolution: 0.015% of full scale

Calibration: 0 to full scale in 20% steps

Range: 0 to 20, 100, 350, 1000, 2000, 3500 or 7000 m

Accuracy: 0.1% of full scale range

Resolution: 0.002% of full scale range

Calibration: ambient pressure to full scale range in 5 steps

*Measurements outside this range may be at slightly reduced accuracy due to extrapolation errors.

Options and accessories

Additional sensors can be attached to the CTD, including:

The standard SBE 5M pump may be replaced by an SBE 5P (plastic housing) or 5T (titanium housing) pump for use with dissolved oxygen and/or other pumped sensors. Further details can be found in the manufacturer's SBE 19 plus V2 instrument specification or the SBE 19 and SBE 19 plus user guides.

BODC Processing

Data were received by BODC in Excel spreadsheets. They were converted to CSV files and then reformatted QXF format using BODC transfer function 422. The following table shows how the variables within the files were mapped to the appropriate BODC parameter codes:

Original parameter name Original Units Description BODC Parameter Code BODC Units Comments
Time DD-MON-YY hh:mm:ss Date and time AADYAA01 + AAFDZZ01 Day number and day fraction Time zone assumed to be GMT in the absence of qualifying information.
Depth m Depth DEPHPR01 m  
Sound velocity m/sec Velocity of sound in water SVELCT01 m/sec  

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

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:

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:

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:

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 2009
Departure Date 2009-05-28
Arrival Date 2009-08-19
Principal Scientist(s)Unknown (Unknown)
Ship MV Geo Prospector

Complete Cruise Metadata Report is available here

Fixed Station Information

Fixed Station Information

Station NameSVP2, Angola
CategoryOffshore location
Latitude7° 31.86' S
Longitude11° 11.58' E
Water depth below MSL2032.0 m

Total - Angola, SVP2

Latitude Longitude Water depth (m)
7.531°S 11.193°E 2032

Angola Geo Prospector SVP casts

Various deployments have taken place at this site and other nearby sites as part of a survey. Details of the deployments relating to this particular site are described below:

Measurement Latitude Longitude Water depth Start date Instrument type
Sound velocity -7.531 11.19283 2032 18/08/2009 SBE19 SEACAT
Sound velocity -7.53083 11.193 2032 19/06/2009 SBE19 SEACAT

Other Series linked to this Fixed Station for this cruise - 941341

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