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Arctic Shelf Time Series at Kongsfjord, Svalbard

Data holding centreScottish Association for Marine Science
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectOceans 2025 Theme 10; Ocean Processes Evidence Group
Time periodFrom April 2002 onwards
Geographical area

Kongsfjord, NW coast of Svalbard


Variable fluorescence parameters; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Sediment accumulation rate; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column; Salinity of the water column; Acoustic backscatter in the water column


Fluorometers; current meters; sediment traps; salinity sensor; acoustic backscatter sensors; water temperature sensor


Physical measurements obtained from a single point, full water column mooring. Dataset includes acoustic/current measurements, together with temperature, salinity and fluorescence. Associated geochemical samples are collected from sediment traps incorporated into the mooring. Data are currently held in a raw format with limited quality control having taken place. The mooring is situated at Kongsfjord on the north west tip of Svalbard, in water depths of approximately 250 metres. The mooring has been established since 2002, funded through various initiatives and serviced by both UK and Norwegian cruises. Mooring activity at Kongsfjord was initiated in order to generate a time series of data able to be integrated with measurements collected at other moored observatories on the Arctic shelves. This will ultimately lead to a pan-Arctic view of seasonal response and long-term change. Kongsfjord mooring activity is led by Finlo Cottier at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). Data from the mooring are currently only available via this source.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science
OrganisationScottish Association for Marine Science
ContactFinlo Cottier (Head of Physics, Sea Ice and Technology Department)

Scottish Association for Marine Science

PA37 1QA
United Kingdom
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Global identifier5776
Last revised2012-02-24