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Physical Oceanography in the Iceland-Scotland-Faroes region (1986-)

Data holding centreNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1986 onwards
Geographical area

North east Atlantic (Iceland-Scotland-Faroes region)


Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Air pressure; Air temperature; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Wind strength and direction; Raw fluorometer output; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Temperature of the water column; Spectral wave data parameters; Wave height and period statistics


Meteorological packages; wave recorders; fluorometers; current meters; current profilers; transmissometers; CTD; bathythermographs; discrete water samplers; dissolved gas sensors; CTD undulators


The data set comprises moored current meter measurements made around the Faroe Islands in 1986 and 1987 together with CTD and surface measurements. North of the Faroe Islands current measurements were made at six locations, three close to the Iceland Faroe front and three north of it (record duration 7 to 19 days). South of the Faroe Islands measurements were made in the Faroe Bank Channel (record duration 150 to 350 days). In 1988 two further moorings were deployed for 3 days each. 88 CTD profiles were collected in 1987, and a SeaSoar survey was carried out. Some XBTs were used and shipborne Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) measurements were carried out. In September 1991, a further cruise, whose primary aim was to gather in situ data for calibration and validation of measurements made by sensors on the then recently launched ERS-1 satellite, was undertaken. The measurements were made in a triangular region to the east and north of the Faroes, two side of the triangle being coincident with the ground track of the satellite. A mixture of buoy and shipboard meteorological, wave, sea surface temperature, current and hydrographic data were collected.

OriginatorsNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton
OrganisationNational Oceanography Centre, Southampton

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way
SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 23 8059 6666
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1017019
Global identifier275
Last revised2009-11-30