Joint Air-Sea Interaction (JASIN) 1978 Project Data Set

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom July to September 1978
Geographical area

North Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic


Air pressure; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Wind strength and direction; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Other meteorological measurements; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Wave height and period statistics; Solar Radiation; Temperature of the water column


Anemometers; meteorological packages; current meters; radiometers; discrete water samplers; CTD; current profilers; thermistor chains; radiosondes; wave recorders


The Joint Air-Sea Interaction (JASIN) 78 Project Data Set comprises a variety of measurements including upper air and near surface meteorology, and physical oceanography. Meteorological data include air temperature, pressure, humidity and wind, while oceanographic data include temperature, salinity, currents, wave spectra and short-term wave statistics. The data were collected in the North Rockall Trough, an area of deep water (1000m - 2000m) several hundred kilometres off the west coast of Scotland. The experiment lasted for 2 months from mid-July to mid-September 1978 and comprised 2 intensive observational phases preceded by a preparatory test period. Data were collected using a variety of instrumentation, with meteorological data being provided by radiosondes, tethered balloons, and ship- and aircraft-mounted sensors. Hydrographic data were collected via shipboard deployment of conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) sensor packages (both standard and yoyo profiles), towed thermistor chains, ship-mounted wave recorders and moored temperature and current meters. The JASIN Project was designed to study the interaction of the atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers with the large scale motions of the sea and air. The multiplicity of processes sampled necessitated a large experiment and involved more than 50 teams of investigators from nine countries. The data are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre and many series are available via BODC's online data delivery portal.

OriginatorsGerman Hydrographic Institute
Institute for Marine Science, University of Kiel
Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Deacon Laboratory
Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Taunton
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Met Office, Exeter
Oregon State University, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of Karlsruhe
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Department of Physical Oceanography
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048017
Global identifier161
Last revised2017-03-30