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Datasets generated by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Dee Experiment in the Dee Estuary, Liverpool Bay (during February and March from 2005 to 2009)

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectThe Dee Experiment(POL_DEE_XP)
Time periodFrom February 2005 to March 2009
Geographical area

The dataset has been taken in a box from 3.93°W to 3.22°W and 53.36°N up to 53.86°N. The box lies at the northern end of the Dee Estuary, Liverpool Bay, UK.


Horizontal spatial co-ordinates; Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Date and time; Air pressure; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Wind strength and direction; Raw fluorometer output; Wave direction; Platform or instrument orientation; Raw current meter output parameters; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Raw light meter output; Bathymetry and Elevation; Suspended particulate material setting velocity parameters; Sediment grain size parameters; Moored instrument depth; Optical backscatter; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Sediment acoustics; Density of the water column; Suspended particulate material grain size parameters; Side-scan sonar; Temperature of the water column; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column; Raw suspended particulate material concentration sensor output; Spectral wave data parameters; Wave height and period statistics; Horizontal platform movement; Acoustic backscatter in the water column; Solar Radiation


Anemometers; meteorological packages; wave recorders; fluorometers; current meters; current profilers; optical backscatter sensors; transmissometers; thermosalinographs; water temperature sensor; particle sizers; sidescan sonars; single-beam echosounders; acoustic backscatter sensors; benthos samplers; discrete water samplers; satellite positioning systems; water body temperature sensor; continuous water samplers; sediment traps; salinity sensor; dissolved gas sensors; sediment grabs; sediment settling tubes; sieves and filters; Differential Global Positioning System receivers; CTD


This dataset comprises of suspended sediment, sediment transport and water column structure data collected at two sites in the mouth of the Dee Estuary, Liverpool Bay during February and March of every year from 2005 to 2009. Throughout each data collection cruise the RV Prince Madog underway monitoring system recorded latitude, longitude, ship speed and heading, depth, air temperature, air pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), sea temperature and salinity, beam transmission, fluorescence and, for 2009, dissolved oxygen concentration. At each site visit profiles of the water column were made over a 25 hour tidal cycle using a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) sensor package. Measurements include temperature, salinity, PAR, beam attenuation, particle scattering and transmission, fluorescence, and oxygen concentration. Additionally samples of salinity, suspended particulate matter and in-situ temperature at discrete depths within the water column were obtained and grab samples were taken from the sea-bed after each CTD cast. The RV Prince Madog also performed side-scan sonar tows. During the February cruises mooring frames were deployed on the sea-bed. These frames provided current profiles, particle size information, particle scattering information, bed ripple profiles, sediment settling velocity and temperature, salinity and pressure at each site. The mooring frames were recovered during the March cruises. The main aim of this research was to assess and advance the latest marine sediment transport models. These data allow this assessment to be made by providing information on the complex inter-dependence of sediment processes in the bottom boundary layer. The data were collected by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (now the National Oceanography Centre). Data management was provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre.

OriginatorsProudman Oceanographic Laboratory
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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

Telephone+44 (0) 151 795 4884
Facsimile+44 (0) 151 795 4912
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048POL_DEE_XP
Global identifier4280
Last revised2011-01-25