INlet Dynamics Initiative: Algarve (INDIA) Project Data Set - Inlet dynamics data collected in the Ria Formosa National Park. January - March 1999

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period17 January 1999 to 04 March 1999
Geographical area

The inlets of the Ria Formosa National Park, The Algarve. In particular, the tidal inlet between Ihla de Faro and Ihla de Barreta (36 59.3'N, 07 57.9'W)


Air pressure; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Precipitation and evaporation; Wind strength and direction; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Sediment grain size parameters; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Seabed photography; Spectral wave data parameters; Wave height and period statistics; Acoustic backscatter in the water column; Sea level; Suspended particulate material grain size parameters; Solar Radiation; Sediment water content, porosity and surface area; Coastal geomorphology; Bathymetry and Elevation; Temperature of the water column


Anemometers; meteorological packages; current meters; optical backscatter sensors; underwater cameras; benthos samplers; cameras; sediment traps; sediment grabs; sediment porewater samplers; acoustic backscatter sensors; transmissometers; surface current radars; current profilers; wave recorders


The dataset comprises measurements of hydrographic, bathymetric, sedimentary and meteorological parameters. These include water currents, temperature, salinity and wave parameters; suspended and seabed sediment; coastal geomorphological characteristics; and atmospheric temperature, pressure, humidity, irradiance and wind velocities. The study area was centred on the tidal inlet within the Peninsula do Ancao, Ria Formosa National Park, Algarve, Portugal. Field measurements were collected in the offshore area, the surf zone, beach experiments, the inlet areas and the inlet mouth between January and March 1999. The study utilised moorings, sediment grabs, tidal predictions, radar systems, acoustic Doppler current profiler (ACDP) surveys, a jack-up barge, beach experiments, video tower images, aerial surveys, seabed photographs and field campaign images. INDIA aimed to gain a better understanding of the interactions between tides, waves, currents and sedimentary processes at work in the European coastal zone with a view to predicting change. INDIA was coordinated by the University of Liverpool, Department of Civil Engineering. Data have been provided and/or modelled by a number of organisations from countries including France, Poland, Portugal, Australia, Netherlands, USA and the UK. Data management support for the project was provided by the British Oceanographic Data Centre. All data collected as part of the project were lodged with BODC who had responsibility for assembling and fully documenting the data.

OriginatorsEPOC, Geology and Oceanography Department
Hydrographic Institute
Institute of Hydroengineering, Polish Academy of Sciences
James Cook University, Department of Physics
MARETEC , Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa
National Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, Lisbon, Division of Marine Meteorology
Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
University of Algarve, Marine Sciences Centre
University of Amsterdam, Department of Physical Geography and Soil Science
University of Coimbra, Marine Sciences Unit (IMAR network)
University of Liverpool, School of Engineering
University of Plymouth, Institute of Marine Studies
University of Southampton Department of Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Geology & Geophysics Department

INDIA (1999),

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OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048082
Global identifier197
Last revised2017-02-01