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Annual time series of sea surface temperature (SST) measurements collected by a surfer at Wembury Beach, Plymouth, UK (Jan 2014 - Jan 2015)

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period5th Jan 2014 to 4th Jan 2015
Geographical area

Wembury beach


Temperature of the water column


Water temperature sensor


This dataset consists of an annual time series of sea surface temperature (SST) data collected by a recreational surfer at Wembury beach, Plymouth, UK, between 5th January 2014 and 4th January 2015. Over the study period, the recreational surfer collected 63 independent samples on SST at a near weekly temporal sampling rate at Wembury beach. The surfer was equipped with a UTBI-001 Tidbit V2 Temperature Data Logger and a Garmin etrex 10 GPS. The Garmin etrex 10 device was used to extract GPS information (latitude and longitude) for each surf. The Tidbit V2 temperature logger was attached, using cable-ties, at mid-point to the leash of the surfboard to ensure continuous contact with seawater when surfing, measuring temperature in the top metre of the water column. Three times during the period of study (May and August 2014 and January 2015), the Tidbit V2 temperature logger was rigorously compared with a VWR1620-200 traceable digital thermometer (with an accuracy of 0.05°C at the range of 0 to 100°C) at 1°C intervals from 6 to 25°C using a PolyScience temperature bath, and found to perform within the accuracy of the VWR1620-200 traceable thermometer on all three occasions. Temperature data were collected at 10 second intervals during each surfing session. The data were processed to remove any data collected before and after entering the water and SST were extracted by computing the median of the remaining data. Standard deviations on the remaining data are also provided to give an index of SST variability during each surf session. These data were collected as part of a research project funded by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and published in July 2015 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127706).

OriginatorsPlymouth Marine Laboratory

Brewin, R.J.W., de Mora, L., Jackson, T., Brewin, T.G., and Shutler, J. (2015) On the Potential of Surfers to Monitor Environmental Indicators in the Coastal Zone, PLOS ONE

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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 identifier1048_Wembury_SST_2014-15
Global identifier6160
Last revised2016-03-04