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Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt) Data Set

Data holding centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
ProjectFluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic(FASTNEt)
Time period2011- ongoing
Geographical area

UK Shelf Edge comprising three main study areas: The Celtic Sea, Malin Shelf and the North Scotland Shelf.


Transmittance and attenuance of the water column; Air pressure; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Electrical conductivity of the water column; Phytoplankton generic biomass in water bodies; Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Turbulence in the water column; Wind strength and direction; Raw fluorometer output; Platform or instrument orientation; Concentration of organic matter in water bodies; Raw current meter output parameters; Vertical velocity of the water column (currents); Bathymetry and Elevation; Moored instrument depth; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; Raw in-situ nutrient analyser output; Other meteorological measurements; Optical backscatter; Raw oxygen sensor output; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Uptake of other nutrients in the water column; Primary production in the water column; Ocean colour and earth-leaving visible waveband spectral radiation; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks; Concentration of silicon species in the water column; Raw temperature and/or salinity instrument output; Temperature of the water column; Stable isotopes in water bodies; Phaeopigment concentrations in the water column; Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Salinity of the water column; Skin temperature of the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Acoustic backscatter in the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column


Anemometers; meteorological packages; fluorometers; current meters; current profilers; lowered current profilers; CTD undulators; thermosalinographs; single-beam echosounders; salinity sensor; ADVs and turbulence probes; shipboard incubators; autoanalysers; mass spectrometers; bench fluorometers; salinometers; Regional models; Ocean models; Differential Global Positioning System receivers; acoustic backscatter sensors; microstructure sensors; CTD; transmissometers; discrete water samplers; water temperature sensor; thermistor chains


The Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt) data set comprises a diverse collection of oceanographic (largely physical and chemical) observations, together with model simulation output. FASTNEt data were collected from three principal localities in close proximity to the UK’s Shelf Edge – the Celtic Sea, the Malin Shelf and the North Scotland Shelf. Each of these were chosen for contrasting bathymetric properties and associated slope current characteristics. There were two main research cruises associated with FASTNEt. These took place in the summers of 2012 and 2013. The core observations include measurements of temperature, salinity, nutrients, currents and shear harvested from a suite of instrumentation including CTDs, ocean gliders (as well as other Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), drifter buoys and moored sensors. The FASTNEt data set aims to develop new parameterisations of shelf edge exchange processes, which will benefit future ocean modelling and forecasting exercises. Additional observations were made from moored instrumentation and autonomous platforms (including ocean gliders, AUVs and drifter buoys) adding to the temporal and spatial coverage of the core cruise data sets. The FASTNEt data set was compiled in order to improve understanding of the processes of physical and biogeochemical exchange at shelf edge margins. These margins are important gateways for the supply of nutrients to our shallow shelf seas, with implications for biodiversity and fishery resources. The NERC FASTNEt Consortium brings together scientists from various UK research centres including the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Universities of Bangor, Liverpool and Plymouth.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science
Data web site
OrganisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
AvailabilityLicence; by negotiation
ContactPolly Hadžiabdić (Head of the BODC Requests Team)

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Telephone+44 (0)782 512 0946
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1048FASTNET
Global identifier5930
Last revised2013-09-09