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Data set name

Northern Seas Programme Data Set (2001-2007)

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period2001 - 2007
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Irish and northern North Seas, across the NE Atlantic and up to the marginal Arctic pack ice zone. This includes the territorial waters of the UK, Norway and the Russian Arctic and extends from the coastal fjords to the ocean margins

Observations 
Parameters

Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Bacteria generic abundance in water bodies; Air pressure; Carbon concentrations in sediment; Cetacean abundance; Atmospheric humidity; Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen concentration parameters in sediment pore waters; Organosulphur and organoselenium species concentration parameters in water bodies; Dissolved organic carbon concentration in the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Water body lipid concentrations; Raw fluorometer output; Concentration of dissolved organic matter in the water column; Snow and ice chemistry; Bathymetry and Elevation; Dissolved trace metalloid concentrations in the water column; Microzooplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; Nutrient concentrations in sediment pore waters; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrogen concentrations in sediment; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks; Sediment age; Seabed photography; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Concentration of inorganic sulphur species in sediment pore water; Geological sample radioactivity; Temperature of the water column; Virus abundance in water bodies; Visible waveband radiance and irradiance measurements in the atmosphere; Radioactivity in the water column; Stable isotope enrichment in the water column; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts; Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Turbulence in the water column

Instruments

Anemometers; meteorological packages; fluorometers; current profilers; radiometers; transmissometers; CTD; bathythermographs; single-beam echosounders; multi-beam echosounders; underwater cameras; acoustic backscatter sensors; benthos samplers; sediment traps; dissolved gas sensors; hydrophones; unconsolidated sediment corers; rock corers; demersal trawl nets; shipboard incubators

Description 
Summary

The Northern Seas Programme dataset comprises hydrographic, biogeochemical, biological and meteorological data. Hydrographic profiles provided measurements of parameters such as temperature, salinity, fluorescence and dissolved oxygen, while current velocities and acoustic backscatter were also measured. A comprehensive water sampling program permitted the collection of biogeochemical data including concentrations of various organic compounds, dissolved gas concentrations and radioactivity. Water samples were also analysed for phytoplankton, zooplankton and viruses. Larger biological samples were obtained from the water column using trawl nets and cetacean distributions were monitored using hydrophone arrays. Sediment samples were collected at various locations and analysed for biogeochemical parameters and zoobenthos. Sample data were supplemented by those derived from experiments, while bathymetry and meteorological parameters were measured across the study area. Data collection was undertaken in the Irish and northern North Seas, across the NE Atlantic and up to the marginal Arctic pack ice zone. This includes the territorial waters of the UK, Norway and the Russian Arctic, and extends from coastal fjords to the ocean margins. The data were collected during the period 2001-2007 over a number of cruises: RRS Discovery cruise D257, RRS James Clark Ross cruises JR75 and JR127, RRS Charles Darwin cruise CD176 and FS Poseidon cruise PO300/2. Measurements were taken using a variety of instrumentation, including conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profilers with attached auxiliary sensors, bathymetric echosounders, sediment samplers, trawl nets and acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), while incubation chambers were used for shipboard experiments. The programme was designed to advance the understanding of how marine systems in Northern Seas respond to environmental and anthropogenic change and was developed in three themes: Theme A - Understanding fjordic systems insights for coastal and oceanic processes; Theme B - Ocean Margins: the interface between the coastal zone and oceanic realm; Theme C - Measuring and modelling change: sea sensors and bioinformatics. Theme B included the Ellett Line Time Series. The Northern Seas Programme was co-ordinated by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). Data from the programme are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science
Data web sitehttp://www.bodc.ac.uk/partners/research_centres/sams/
Availability 
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
AvailabilityLicence
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)
Address

British Oceanographic Data Centre
Joseph Proudman Building 6 Brownlow Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 5DA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 (0) 151 795 4884
Emailenquiries@bodc.ac.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048101
Global identifier216
Last revised2010-11-22