Joint North Sea Data Acquisition Project (JONSDAP) 1976 Moored Instrument Data Set

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom March to June 1976
Geographical area

North Sea


Air pressure; Air temperature; Wind strength and direction; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Sea level; Temperature of the water column


Anemometers; meteorological packages; sea level recorders; current meters; water temperature sensor


The Joint North Sea Data Acquisition Project (JONSDAP) dataset comprises hydrographic and meteorological time series, including current velocities, water temperature (both at the sea surface and at depth), hydrographic pressure, air temperature, barometric pressure and wind velocities. The data were collected in the North Sea from March-June 1976. Automatically recording current meters (and usually temperature sensors), off-shore tide gauges, thermistor chains and meteorological data buoys were deployed at numerous locations around the study area for periods of a few days to several weeks. Data from 9 tide gauge, 4 meteorological data buoy, 10 thermistor chain and 81 current meter deployments are held at the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC). Additional hydrographic data were collected during JONSDAP 76 cruises, while over-flights with aircraft provided further measurements. However, these data are not stored at BODC. JONSDAP 76 consisted of two parts: FLEX, the Fladen Ground Experiment between 25 March and 15 June, and INOUT, the inflows of water of the whole North Sea as well as the internal movements from 15 March to 25 April. The data were collected by 13 laboratories in 8 countries.

OriginatorsCentre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, Aberdeen Marine Laboratory
German Oceanographic Datacentre
IN-OUT Data Centre

Anon (1984) JONSDAP '76: Inventory. 1984, ICES Oceanographic Data Lists and Inventories No.62.

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 identifier1048019
Global identifier163
Last revised2017-03-30