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Data set name

CTD data collected in the Mediterranean Sea by the Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM), Tunisia (since 1995)

Data holding centreInstitut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM
CountryTunisia  Tunisia
ProjectSESAME - Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modeling Environmental Changes(SESAME); EGITTO(EGITTO); Phytoplankton and Oceanographic Ecosystem Monitoring and Management(POEMM); Stock assessment of resources and benthic ecosystems(ESREB); Coastal environmental studies and stock assessment of Sardines, Anchovies and Tuna(ESSATEL); Observation et Modélisation de la circulation dans la zone Nord-Tunisie/Sardaigne/Sicile(SALTO); Elaboration of a residual schema and coastal hydrodynamics study(ESSAHEL)
Time periodSince 1995 (ongoing)
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Offshore Tunisia coastline

Observations 
Parameters

Vertical spatial coordinates; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column

Instruments

CTD

Description 
Summary

This dataset consists of individual CTD profiles through the water column (conductivity, temperature, oxygen and other derived physical and chemical parameters). The data are from various locations ranging from the Tunisian coastline to the East and Western Mediterranean basin and Tunisia-Sicily Channel. Data have been collected since May 1995 using a Sea-Bird 911plus CTD package deployed during research cruises from R/V SALAMMBO and R/V HANNIBAL. The CTD sensors used to collect the data are calibrated annually. Data have been collected under the framework of numerous national and international research projects: Observation et Modelisation de la circulation dans la zone Nord-Tunisie/Sardaigne/Sicile (SALTO), EGITTO, Phytoplankton and Oceanographic Ecosystem Monitoring and Management (POEMM), Stock assessment of resources and benthic ecosystems (ESREB), Elaboration of a residual schema and coastal hydrodynamics study (ESSAHEL), Southern European Seas (SESAME) and Coastal environmental studies and stock assessment of Sardines, Anchovies and Tuna (ESSATEL). The data have been collected by the oceanography observatory team of the Laboratoire du Milieu Marin (LMM), within the Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM) in Tunisia. INSTM is the holder of the CTD data - Professor Chérif SAMMARI and Dr. Sana Ben Ismail are the main people responsible for the dataset. Various access restrictions apply to different subsets of this dataset.

OriginatorsInstitut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM
References

Gerin R, Poulain P.-M, Taupier-Letage I., Millot C., Ben Ismail S., Sammari C (2009) Surface circulation in the Eastern Mediterranean using drifters, Ocean Sci., 5, 559–574; Schroeder K., Millot C., Bengara L., Ben Ismail S. et al. (2013) Long-term monitoring programme of the hydrological variability in the Mediterranean Sea: a first overview of the HYDROCHANGES network, Oscean Sci.(9):301-324.; Ben Ismail S., Sammari C., Gasparini G.-P., Béranger K., Brahim M., Aleya L. (2012) Water masses exchanged through the Sicily Channel: evidence for the presence of new water masses on the Tunisian side of the Channel, Deep-Sea Res. I, 63: 65-81.; Sammari C., Millot C., Taupier-Letage I., Stefani A. and Brahim M. (1999) Hydrological characteristics in the Tunisia-Sardinia-Sicily area during spring 1995, Deep-Sea Res. I , 46: 1671-1703.; Sammari C. and Gana S. (1995) Revue de l'hydrodynamique le long des côtes tunisiennes, Bull de I'INSTM. Vol.22-95; Julio Candela, Salvatore Mazzola, Chérif Sammari, Richard Limeburner, Carlos J. Lozano, Bernardo Patti, Angelo Bonnano (1999) The "Mad Sea'' Phenomenon in the Strait of Sicily, Journal of Physical Oceanography Volume 29. 2210-2231.; Drago A., Vallerga S. , Manzella G. , Font J.,and the MAMA Consortium (2005) MeDir-OP, A Mediterranean directory for operational oceanography developed within the MAMA project, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on EuroGOOS 6–9 June 2005, Brest, France ; Ben Ismail S, Sammari C, Gasparini GP (2003) The surface circulation through the Sicily Strait deduced from NOAA images and hydrological and current data during 2003, LAPCOD Meeting, 13-17 June, Lerici, Italie.(abstract of LAPCOD meeting); Fuda J.L., Bengara L., Ben Ismail S., Curtil C., El Moumni B., Font J., Lefevre D., Millot C., Taupier-Letage I., Raimbault P., Rougier G., Sammari C., Tamburini C. (2009) Recent dense water formation in the Med western basin, as observed by HYDROCHANGES, CIESM Workshop monograph, n°38.; Ben ISMAIL S. ,. Béranger K, Sammari C.,. Brahim M and Gasparini G. (2013) NEW WATER MASSES AT INTERMEDIATE DEPTHS ON THE TUNISIAN SIDE OF THE SICILY CHANNEL, 40ème Congrès de la Ciesm, Marseille, France; Sammari C., Millot C., Prieur L. (1995) Aspects of the seasonal and mesoscale variabilities of the Northern Current in the western Mediterranean Sea inferred from the PROLIG-2 and PROS-6 experiments, Deep-Sea Research I. vol42. No.6. 893-917.; Ben Ismail S. ,Schroeder K., Sammari C. , Gasparini G.P. , Borghini M., Aleya L. (2014) Interannual variability of water mass properties in the Tunisia–Sicily Channel, Journal of Marine Systems 135 (2014) 14–28; Ben Ismail Hamouda S., Sammari C., Béranger K., Lellouche J-M. (2010) Atlas des données hydrologiques au large des côtes Tunisiennes., Numéro Spécial du bulletin de l'INSTM.

Data web sitehttp://seadatanet.maris2.nl/v_cdi_v3/browse_step.asp
Availability 
OrganisationInstitut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM
AvailabilityNo access; by negotiation; unrestricted
ContactCherif Sammari (Head of Marine Environment Laboratory)
Address

Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM
Rue 2 mars 1934, 28
Salammbo

2025
Tunisia

Telephone+2 16 71 73 04 20
Facsimile+2 16 71 73 26 22
Emailcherif.sammari@instm.rnrt.tn
Administration 
Collating centreInstitut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer – INSTM
Local identifierH10_INSTM
Global identifier6158
Last revised2016-01-05