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Coastal Sea Surface Temperature Data Set - England and Wales (1963-1990)

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1963 to 1990
Geographical area

Coastal sites: North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel


Temperature of the water column


Water body temperature sensor


This dataset comprises sea surface temperature measurements taken close to the time of high water at intervals of three to four days. The measuring programme consisted of approximately 50 observing sites around the shoreline of England and Wales and the data set spans the time period from 1963 to 1990. A few observing sites were already in existence when the network was established, for example observations at the Seven Stones and Varne Light Vessels go back as far as 1905. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Lowestoft Fisheries Laboratory (MAFF), now known as the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft Laboratory (CEFAS) - part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), set up a database for these data, supplemented by both the earlier data and also by data from non-MAFF sources. Data from 1963 until 1990 are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC). The time series is ongoing but data later than 1990 are not stored at BODC, these data are available from CEFAS.

OriginatorsMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Lowestoft Fisheries Laboratory

Jones, S.R. (1981) Ten years of measurement of coastal sea temperatures., ; Jones, S.R. and Jeffs, T.M. (1991) Near Surface sea temperatures in coastal waters of the North Sea, English Channel and Irish Sea., MAFF Fisheries Research Data Report No. 24 : 71 pages.

OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
AvailabilityLicence; academic
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
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048033
Global identifier565
Last revised2010-09-27