PROPHEZE Project Data Set - physical and biological characteristics of shelf waters of the Celtic Sea, 2000

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Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time period15th to 29th May 2000
Geographical area

Sampling at 7 stations in the Celtic Sea. Mapping of tidal front in St George's Channel within the limits 50 to 52 degrees North and 5.6 to 8.7 degrees West


Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Raw fluorometer output; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Microzooplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Primary production in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Temperature of the water column; Phytoplankton taxonomic volume in water bodies; Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Carotenoid and flavenoid pigment concentrations in water bodies; Oxygen production and respiration in the water column


Meteorological packages; sea level recorders; fluorometers; bathythermographs; thermosalinographs; water temperature sensor; discrete water samplers; autoanalysers; optical microscopes; high performance liquid chromatographs; titrators; spectrophotometers; bench particle sizers; CTD undulators; transmissometers; CTD; current profilers; in-situ particle sizers; dissolved gas sensors; shipboard incubators; wave recorders


The data set contains a variety of physical, chemical and biological parameters. Hydrographic profiles provided temperature, salinity, fluorescence, dissolved oxygen and transmissance measurements, which were supplemented by time series of surface ocean and meteorological properties. Time series of current velocities, temperature and sea level were also collected. Biogeochemical and biological analyses of water samples provided nutrient, phytoplankton and zooplankton data, while production data were derived from incubation experiments. The data were collected at seven stations in the Celtic Sea with varying physical and biological characteristics. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th and 29th May 2000, with each station being occupied for 24 hours. Data were collected via shipboard deployment of CTD profilers and undulators with accompanying auxiliary sensors, and discrete water sampling. Further data were obtained from three moorings including acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), temperature recorders and bottom pressure recorders that were also deployed and recovered during the study period. Measurements were collected during RRS Discovery cruise D246 as part of the multidisciplinary study of the interactions between physical processes and biological production in contrasting pelagic shelf waters. An additional goal of the study was to map the tidal front situated in the St George's Channel. The study was co-ordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the research involved 28 scientists and technicians from 14 separate institutions situated in five different countries. Data are managed by the British Oceanographic Data Centre.

OriginatorsMalaga University, Faculty of Sciences
Napier University School of Life Sciences
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
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 identifier1048090
Global identifier585
Last revised2017-03-30