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Underway Measurements along the TESO Ferry 'Schulpengat' Route between Den Helder and Texel (1998-)

Data holding centreNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
CountryNetherlands  Netherlands
Time period1998 onwards (360 days)
Geographical area

Marsdiep tidal inlet (between the Waddenzee and the North Sea)


Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents)


Acoustic backscatter sensors; continuous water samplers


In a cooperation between NIOZ (Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and TESO (Texels Eigen StoombootOnderneming), the ferry Schulpengat is used as a platform to obtain extensive data series onoceanographical parameters in the Marsdiep area, i.e. one of the inlets between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. The ferry sails the transect with an interval of 30 minutes, daily starting at 06.00 and ending at 22.00. Data are directly presented to the public in the lunchroom of the ferry Schulpengat and hourly, when the ferry is in the Texel harbour, transmitted to NIOZ and presented on Internet. The project has been started in the framework of the UN- Year of the Ocean 1998 which aims at an increasing awareness of the importance of the ocean for the climate (and life) on earth.

OriginatorsNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Data web site
OrganisationNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
ContactT.F. de Bruin

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Landsdiep 4 P.O. Box 59
Den Burg/Texel

1790 AB

Telephone+31 (0)222-369479
Facsimile+31 222 319674
Collating centreNational Oceanographic Data Committee
Local identifier20002099
Global identifier2977
Last revised2010-01-29