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Rapid Climate Change - Will the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation Halt? (RAPID-WATCH) Programme - oceanographic data set

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period2008-onwards
Geographical area

Multiple sites covering the North Atlantic


Sea level; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column


Sea level recorders; inverted echosounders; current meters; current profilers; water temperature sensor; salinity sensor; CTD


The RAPID-WATCH (Rapid Climate Change - Will the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation Halt?) data set consists of pressure, current velocities, temperature, salinity and density time series. Measurements are collected by moored instruments deployed in arrays across the Atlantic at approximately 26.5N for the Monitoring the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation at 26.5N (MOC) project and at each of three sections across the US and Canadian continental slope between Cape Cod and the Grand Banks for the Western Atlantic Variability Experiment (WAVE) project. The data set also consists of conductivity- temperature-depth (CTD) profiles, and ships' underway monitoring system meteorology and surface hydrography collected during the mooring deployment and servicing cruises. The RAPID-WATCH data set follows on from the original Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) Programme oceanographic dataset. It spans from 2008 to the present and is intended to continue to collect data until approximately 2015. The main aims of the RAPID-WATCH Programme are to provide oceanographic measurements that allow a decade-long time series of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation to be derived for use in climate change research. The MOC project is led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, whilst work on the WAVE element is led by the Liverpool site of the National Oceanography Centre.

OriginatorsBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Val Byfield (2008) Programme website, Val Byfield

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
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048RAPID_WATCH
Global identifier4281
Last revised2012-08-01