European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED)

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General
Data set name

UKHO Maritime Environment Data Store (MEDS)

Data holding centreUnited Kingdom Hydrographic Office
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period1900 to current
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Worldwide

Observations 
Parameters

Bird taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of surface; Cetacean behaviour; Cetacean abundance; Fish morphology, age and physiology; Fish taxonomy-related counts; Fish non taxonomy-related morphology; Seal abundance; Other wave statistics; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Salinity of the water column; Ocean colour and earth-leaving visible waveband spectral radiation; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Seal behaviour; Secchi disk depth; Sound velocity and travel time in the water column; Temperature of the water column

Instruments

Wave recorders; current profilers; CTD; bathythermographs; sound velocity sensors; discrete water samplers; salinity sensor; observers; CTD undulators

Description 
Summary

The database comprises > 4 million profiles of temperature, salinity and sound velocity and observational data as detailed above. It includes Royal Navy data ( much of which has been released to the civil community for purposes of bona fide research) , UK Civilian Research Vessel data and public domain data received from other data centres. Individual observations are held as depth/temperature pairs at inflexion points and where resolution allows at 1 metre resolution . Meteorological and other environmental data data, if recorded at the time of the observation, are also databased.

OriginatorsUnited Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Data web sitehttp://www.ukho.gov.uk
Availability 
OrganisationUnited Kingdom Hydrographic Office
AvailabilityCollection cost charge; licence
ContactEdward Hosken (Head of Hydrographic Data Services)
Address

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Taunton
Somerset
TA1 2DN
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1823 337900
Emailedward.hosken@ukho.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1027022
Global identifier384
Last revised2009-05-22